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Meditatio - Hvild


Growing out of concerts given by Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis and Hörður Áskelsson on All Soul’s Day, Meditatio presents a programme of expressive choral works which interpret grief and bereavement in the light of hope and comfort. Apart from Jón Leifs’ singularly serene Requiem, the composer’s response to the death of his daughter in 1947, all the pieces date from the past 35 years – from The Lamb by John Tavener from 1982 to Nunc dimittis (2015) by Sigurður Sævarsson, Icelandic composer as well as member of Schola cantorum. The ‘Canticle of Simeon’, as this song of praise from the Bible is also called, appears in two other settings on the disc – by Arvo Pärt and by Hreiðar Ingi who, like Sævarsson, sings bass in the choir. Four other Icelandic composers are represented on the disc, including the choir’s conductor Hörður Áskelsson and Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, whose Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, Heaven’s creator) – a setting of a 13th-century hymn – has gained recognition far beyond Iceland. Otherwise the choir performs music by the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, the Scotsman James MacMillan – his A Child’s Prayer commemorates the victims of the school massacre in the Scottish town of Dunblane in March 1996 – and by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, both from the U.S.A. Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis was founded in 1996 by Hörður Áskelsson, who remains its artistic director, and has appeared on a number of BIS recordings with music by Jón Leifs. The choir performs regularly in Reykjavík’s famous Hallgrímskirkja where the present recording took place.
 
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  Composer: MacMillan, James
01 A Child’s Prayer 03:23 $ 0.83 USD
 
 
  Composer: Tavener, John
02 The Lamb 03:42 $ 0.91 USD
 
 
  Composer: Gudmundsson, Hugi
03 Hvild  03:32 $ 0.86 USD
 
 
  Composer: Leifs, Jón
04 Requiem 04:38 $ 1.13 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lauridsen, Morten
05 O Nata Lux 04:31 $ 1.10 USD
 
 
  Composer: Whitacre, Eric
06 Lux aurumque 03:51 $ 0.94 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell
07 Nú hverfur sól í haf 03:14 $ 0.81 USD
 
 
  Composer: Saevarsson, Sigurdur
08 Nunc dimittis 04:46 $ 1.16 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ešenvalds, Ēriks
09 O salutaris hostia 03:26 $ 0.84 USD
 
 
  Composer: Thorvaldsdottir, Anna
10 Heyr þú oss himnum á 04:16 $ 1.05 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell
11 Heyr himna smiður 03:12 $ 0.78 USD
 
 
  Composer: Áskelsson, Hördur
12 Hvild 04:38 $ 1.14 USD
 
 
  Composer: Ingi, Hreidar
13 Nunc dimittis  03:18 $ 0.82 USD
 
 
  Composer: Pärt, Arvo
14 Nunc dimittis  05:50 $ 1.52 USD
 
  Album total 58:03
ComposerEšenvalds, Ēriks
Gudmundsson, Hugi
Ingi, Hreidar
Lauridsen, Morten
Leifs, Jón
MacMillan, James
Pärt, Arvo
Saevarsson, Sigurdur
Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell
Tavener, John
Thorvaldsdottir, Anna
Whitacre, Eric
Áskelsson, Hördur
ConductorÁskelsson, Hördur
PerformerSchola Cantorum Reykjavik

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