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Folkjul 2 – A Swedish Folk Christmas


Well into the previous century Sweden was largely a peasant society with folk music an integral part of daily life. There were work songs, narrative ballads and, obviously, music for dancing. Over the centuries a not always easy coexistence between religion and folk culture developed, with hymns being adapted to a folk-music aesthetic while popular traditions were given a Christian veneer. An example of the latter is the rich store of ‘Staffan ballads’, springing from a pre-Christian horse cult but given a new slant as its focus shifted to St. Stephen – the first Christian martyr.

Gunnar Idenstam and S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir have performed their Folkjul concerts more or less every year since 2002. The concept stem from a rich interplay between ‘folk culture’ and ‘high culture’ and in Idenstam’s arrangements a newly composed halling or polska entwines itself round the old Christmas melodies. The first Folkjul album was released in 2007 – this time the choir and Idenstam are joined by violinist Sandra Marteleur and Ulrika Bodén, one of Sweden’s most well-established folk singers.
 
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  Composer: Traditional
01 Från himmelen kom ängeln Gabriel (Gabriel’s Message) 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
 
 
  Composer: Nicolai, Philipp
02 Var hälsad sköna morgonstund (All Hail to Thee, O Blessed
Morn)
08:17 $ 1.99 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
03 In dulci jubilo 04:26 $ 1.06 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
04 Tiggarvisa från Malung (Begging Song from Malung) 03:48 $ 0.91 USD
 
 
  Composer: Gabrielsson, Viktor
05 Polska av Viktor Gabrielsson (Polska by Viktor Gabrielsson) 04:33 $ 1.09 USD
 
 
  Composer: Tegnér, Alice
06 Nu sjunga Guds änglar (God’s Angels Now Sing) 02:00 $ 0.48 USD
 
 
  Composer: Marteleur, Sandra
07 En gangar till kaffet (A Gangar with Your Coffee) 03:05 $ 0.74 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
08 Det lyser en stjärna (A Star Shines Bright) 06:35 $ 1.58 USD
 
 
  Composer: Köhler, Emmy
09 Nu tändas tusen juleljus (A Thousand Candles are Now Lit) 02:17 $ 0.55 USD
 
 
  Composer: Idenstam, Gunnar
10 Christines polska (A Polska for Christine) 04:19 $ 1.04 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
11 Staffansvisa / Musette (Staffan Ballad / Musette) 04:47 $ 1.15 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
12 Staffan Halling II 02:42 $ 0.65 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
13 En stjärna gick på himlen fram (A Star Passed Across the
Sky)
05:53 $ 1.41 USD
 
 
  Composer: Traditional
14 Den signade dag (The Blessed Day) 02:32 $ 0.61 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sanden, Sofia
15 Allt vid den ljusa stjärnan (Upon the Bright Star) 04:14 $ 1.02 USD
 
 
  Composer: Wallman, Mats
16 Julottan (Christmas Morning) 03:51 $ 0.92 USD
 
 
  Composer: Luther, Martin
17 Från himlens höjd (From Heaven Above) 07:26 $ 1.78 USD
 
  Album total 73:21
ComposerGabrielsson, Viktor
Idenstam, Gunnar
Köhler, Emmy
Luther, Martin
Marteleur, Sandra
Nicolai, Philipp
Sanden, Sofia
Tegnér, Alice
Traditional
Wallman, Mats
OrganIdenstam, Gunnar
ArrangerIdenstam, Gunnar
Chamber choirSt. Jacob's Chamber Choir (St. Jacobs Kammarkör)
ConductorGraden, Gary
LyricistEvers, Edward
Henriksson, Anders
Köhler, Emmy
Traditional
Wallin, J. O.
VocalsBoden, Ulrika
ViolinMarteleur, Sandra
FluteBoden, Ulrika

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