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Veni - Songs of Christmas II

December is a time of anticipation. We wait and we hope – veni, come! The songs on this album encompass many nuances and moods – from joy and jubilant celebration to deep melancholy and longing. They move between folk tunes, English carols and traditional Christmas songs from different times and parts of the world, between Bach and Ives, Bulgaria and Norway. Several of the songs refer to the passing of the year, the cycle of nature and rhythms of daily life: lullabies for peace of mind and comfort, and songs about surrendering ourselves to the unfathomable and unknowable in the midst of our everyday concerns: the stars will always shine in the sky – and dawn will come. In others, we meet the little child born in a stable – vulnerable and yet immensely powerful.
In the nine years following the release of ‘Rós – Songs of Christmas’ [BIS-2029], the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir’s annual Christmas concerts under the leadership of Grete Pedersen have become a cherished tradition in their native country. They are joined on this recording by folk musicians Sondre Meisfjord and Marco Ambrosini and by their long-standing collaborator, the fiddler and composer Gjermund Larsen, who also appeared on the choir’s previous Christmas album.

See, amid the winter’s snow,  
Born for us on Earth below…
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Extra material for download
01 Adeste fideles 03:36 $ 0.88 USD
02 Sæle jolekveld (Holy Christmas Eve) 03:14 $ 0.78 USD
03 A Christmas Carol 02:12 $ 0.54 USD
04 Kyrklåt (Church Tune) 02:57 $ 0.72 USD
05 Me ska bryggja te jul (We shall brew for Christmas) 01:55 $ 0.47 USD
06 The Infant King 04:26 $ 1.09 USD
07 Ding Dong, Merrily on High 02:05 $ 0.52 USD
08 Den bortkomne sauen (The Lost Sheep) 03:29 $ 0.86 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 08:10
09 1. Chorus. Komm, Jesu, komm 06:50 $ 1.65 USD
10 2. Aria. Drum schließ ich mich in deine Hände 01:20 $ 0.34 USD
11 Å her møter mangt (O, Here is Much) 02:34 $ 0.63 USD
12 En krybbe var vuggen (Away in a Manger) 03:40 $ 0.89 USD
13 Se, solens skjønne lys og prakt (The Sun’s Fair Light) 04:08 $ 1.01 USD
14 Carillion 01:41 $ 0.40 USD
15 Sjå i stille vinterkveld (See, amid the Winter’s Snow) 03:42 $ 0.94 USD
16 Julestev (Christmas Song) 00:53 $ 0.22 USD
17 Deilig er jorden (O, Fairest Earth) 03:36 $ 0.88 USD
18 Gångmarsj (Walking Tune) 02:31 $ 0.73 USD
  Album total 56:35
ArrangerLarsen, Gjermund
Willcocks, David
ChoirDet Norske Solistkor
ViolinLarsen, Gjermund
NyckelharpaAmbrosini, Marco
Double bassMeisfjord, Sondre
HarmoniumJohannessen, Knut
Utnem, Andreas
ConductorPedersen, Grete
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Beck, Thomas
Ives, Charles
Kirkpatrick, William James
Larsen, Gjermund
Modén, Arne
Wade, John Francis
AccordionCarstensen, Stian
CelloHearne, Kate
ViolonePeterson, Joakim
OrganKjos, Christian
SopranoDalheim, Ingeborg

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