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RÓS · Songs of Christmas

Catalogue numberBIS-2029 SACD
Release date2013-10-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time52:30

“The performances are all sublime, the arrangements equally so, the recording everything you would expect from this source…”, 11/2013
“A superb release.” International Record Review 12/2013

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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$ 12.34
Extra material for download
  Composer: Praetorius, Michael
01 Det hev ei rose sprunge (Behold, a Rose is Springing) 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
  Composer: Traditional
02 Old Marian Song (instrumental) 00:32 $ 0.13 USD
  Composer: Traditional
03 No koma Guds englar (The Angels of God) 03:04 $ 0.74 USD
04 Improvisation on Ricercata Segunda by Diego Ortiz 01:24 $ 0.34 USD
  Composer: Hildegard of Bingen
  ‘Rós’ – Suite for Christmas 31:26
05 O vis æternitatis (O Eternal Force) 02:12 $ 0.53 USD
06 O frondens virga (O Leafy Branch) 02:51 $ 0.68 USD
07 Eit barn er født i Betlehem (A Child is Born in Bethlehem) 04:33 $ 1.09 USD
08 Ave, generosa (Hail, Magnanimous) 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
09 I denne søte juletid (In this Blessed Christmas Time) 06:18 $ 1.51 USD
10 Den fagraste rosa (The Fairest of Roses) 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
11 Maria, hun er en jomfru ren (Mary is a Virgin Pure) 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
12 Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (My Heart Forever Dwells) 05:46 $ 1.38 USD
13 O vis æternitatis (O Eternal Force) long version 04:42 $ 1.13 USD
  Composer: Norgard (Nørgård), Per
14 Julens glæde (Himmelfalden) (The Joy of Christmas) 02:47 $ 0.67 USD
  Composer: Traditional
15 Tarantella 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
  Composer: Traditional
16 Jolevers (Et lite barn så lystelig) (Christmas Verse) 03:23 $ 0.81 USD
  Composer: Nordquist, Gustaf
17 Jul, jul, strålande jul (Yule, Yule, Radiant Yule) 02:36 $ 0.62 USD
  Album total 52:30
ComposerFagerheim, Ola O.
Hildegard of Bingen
Nordquist, Gustaf
Norgard (Nørgård), Per
Praetorius, Michael
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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