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Resonanser (Swedish Choral Music – New Perspectives)

The Swedish choral tradition enjoys a very high reputation, with music lovers often claiming to be able to recognize a uniquely Swedish choral sound. Exactly what this sound consists of is difficult to pinpoint, but often mentioned are keywords such as melancholy, the Scandinavian countryside, folk music and traditional ballads. The selection of works on this disc exemplifies all of these, and the performance of them has been entrusted to one of the choirs that have shaped Swedish choral music: Allmänna Sången, an Uppsala student choir with a history going back for more than 175 years. The choir’s position in Swedish cultural life was demonstrated in 2005 by an invitation to sing at the Nobel Banquet. That performance was televised throughout the world, and in fact included three of the works on this disc - Biegga Luothe, Glaspolskan and Byss-Kalles slängpolska.

Great traditions notwithstanding, this disc offers a new perspective on its subject, as the choir brings out new resonances in the often well-known music. A collaboration with Swedish jazz pianist Anders Widmark lends unusual colours to settings of ancient folk chorales (I Himmelen) and traditional harvest songs (Slåttervisa), as well as to classics from the treasure of Swedish choral music such as Stenhammar’s Three Choral Songs and Alfvén’s Evening (‘Aftonen’). Both Allmänna Sången and Anders Widmark have made a number of successful recordings, and now that they join forces for the first time, it is an occasion not to be missed.
Extra material for download
  Composer: Sandström, Jan
01 Biegga Luothe (Jojk till fjällvinden) 04:40 $ 0.98 USD
  Composer: Rehnqvist, Karin
02 Ljusfälten 01:31 $ 0.32 USD
  Composer: Rehnqvist, Karin
03 I himmelen 05:46 $ 1.21 USD
  Composer: Moller (Möller), Ale
04 Glaspolskan 02:52 $ 0.60 USD
  Composer: Traditional/arr. Hans Gardemar
05 Slängpolska efter Byss-Kalle 03:26 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Stenhammar, Wilhelm
  Tre körvisor 10:45
06 I. September 04:46 $ 1.00 USD
07 II. I Seraillets Have 03:11 $ 0.67 USD
08 III. Havde jeg, o havde jeg en Dattersøn, o ja! 02:48 $ 0.59 USD
  Composer: Wikander, David
09 Kung Liljekonvalje 03:26 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Traditional/arr. Staffan Lindberg
10 Slåttervisa efter Knis Karl 04:21 $ 0.91 USD
  Composer: Hillborg, Anders
11 En midsommarnattsdröm 05:13 $ 1.10 USD
  Composer: Palm, Herman
12 Under rönn och syren (Blommande sköna dalar) 03:08 $ 0.66 USD
  Composer: Alfvén, Hugo
13 Aftonen 04:03 $ 0.85 USD
  Composer: Traditional/arr. Lena Willemark
14 Med en barnbön på sin mun 03:31 $ 0.74 USD
  Composer: Lindblad, Adolf Fredrik
15 Bröllopsvisa efter Kirsten Bråten Berg 01:50 $ 0.39 USD
  Album total 56:54
ChoirAllmänna Sången
ConductorRydinger Alin, Cecilia
Rydinger Alin, Cecilia
ComposerAlfvén, Hugo
Hillborg, Anders
Lindblad, Adolf Fredrik
Moller (Möller), Ale
Palm, Herman
Rehnqvist, Karin
Sandström, Jan
Stenhammar, Wilhelm
Traditional/arr. Hans Gardemar
Traditional/arr. Lena Willemark
Traditional/arr. Staffan Lindberg
Wikander, David
PianoWidmark, Anders
OrchestraAllmänna Sången

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