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RÓS · Songs of Christmas

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-2029
Release date2013-10-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz



In Christian symbolism, the rose is closely associated with the Mystery of the Nativity, and therefore with both Jesus Christ and Mary. The idea of the perfect flower, springing forth from a thorny stem, has – like the Nativity itself – captured the imagination of poets and musicians throughout the ages and from all stations of life. With this original and wide-ranging Christmas collection, Grete Pedersen – the artistic director of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir – has created what might be compared to a rosary, combining 12th-century hymns by Hildegard of Bingen with a carol by the Danish 20th-century composer Per Nørgård, as well as traditional Christmas psalms, in many cases sung to Norwegian folk tunes following age-old usages. Grete Pedersen and the choir have reached a wide international audience through four previous discs on BIS, ranging from collections of Grieg, or of Brahms and Schubert, to the folk-inspired White Night and, most recently, Refractions: the unexpected combination of three 20th-century giants – Berg, Webern and Messiaen – with their Norwegian contemporary Fartein Valen. On the present disc, the team is once again joined by the singer Berit Opheim and the violinist Gjermund Larsen – both with a background in folk music – as well as by Rolf Lislevand, internationally acclaimed lutenist, and the highly respected jazz bassist Bjørn Kjellemyr.
 
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  Composer: Praetorius, Michael
  Det hev ei rose sprunge (Behold, a Rose is Springing)
01 Det hev ei rose sprunge (Behold, a Rose is Springing) 02:56 $ 0.70 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
  Old Marian Song (instrumental)
02 Old Marian Song (instrumental) 00:34 $ 0.14 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
  No koma Guds englar (The Angels of God)
03 No koma Guds englar (The Angels of God) 03:03 $ 0.73 USD
 
  Improvisation on Ricercata Segunda by Diego Ortiz
04 Improvisation on Ricercata Segunda by Diego Ortiz 01:32 $ 0.37 USD
 
 
  Composer: Hildegard of Bingen
  ‘Rós’ – Suite for Christmas 31:40
05 O vis æternitatis (O Eternal Force) 02:15 $ 0.54 USD
06 O frondens virga (O Leafy Branch) 02:50 $ 0.68 USD
07 Eit barn er født i Betlehem (A Child is Born in Bethlehem) 04:35 $ 1.10 USD
08 Ave, generosa (Hail, Magnanimous) 00:54 $ 0.22 USD
09 I denne søte juletid (In this Blessed Christmas Time) 06:19 $ 1.52 USD
10 Den fagraste rosa (The Fairest of Roses) 03:03 $ 0.73 USD
11 Maria, hun er en jomfru ren (Mary is a Virgin Pure) 01:10 $ 0.28 USD
12 Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (My Heart Forever Dwells) 05:47 $ 1.39 USD
13 O vis æternitatis (O Eternal Force) long version 04:47 $ 1.15 USD
 
 
  Composer: Norgard (Nørgård), Per
  Julens glæde (Himmelfalden) (The Joy of Christmas)
14 Julens glæde (Himmelfalden) (The Joy of Christmas) 02:48 $ 0.67 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
  Tarantella
15 Tarantella 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
  Jolevers (Et lite barn så lystelig) (Christmas Verse)
16 Jolevers (Et lite barn så lystelig) (Christmas Verse) 03:24 $ 0.82 USD
 
 
  Composer: Nordquist, Gustaf
  Jul, jul, strålande jul (Yule, Yule, Radiant Yule)
17 Jul, jul, strålande jul (Yule, Yule, Radiant Yule) 03:06 $ 0.74 USD
 
  Album total 52:21
ComposerFagerheim, Ola O.
Hildegard of Bingen
Nordquist, Gustaf
Norgard (Nørgård), Per
Praetorius, Michael
Traditional
ConductorPedersen, Grete
ChoirDet Norske Solistkor
VocalsBraein, Ditte Marie
Opheim Versto, Berit
LuteLislevand, Rolf
ViolinLarsen, Gjermund
Double bassKjellemyr, Bjorn
SopranoDalheim, Ingeborg
Hestad Jenssen, Runa

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