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Meditatio - Hvild

Composer Ēriks Ešenvalds
Hugi Gudmundsson
Hreidar Ingi
Morten Lauridsen
Jón Leifs
James MacMillan
Arvo Pärt
Sigurdur Saevarsson
Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
John Tavener
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Eric Whitacre
Hördur Áskelsson
Performer Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis
Hordur Askelsson, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2200 SACD
EAN 7318599922003
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Aug 2016
Total time 58'03


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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  James MacMillan
01 A Child’s Prayer 3'23
 
 
  John Tavener
02 The Lamb 3'42
 
 
  Hugi Gudmundsson
03 Hvild  3'32
 
 
  Jón Leifs
04 Requiem 4'38
 
 
  Morten Lauridsen
05 O Nata Lux 4'31
 
 
  Eric Whitacre
06 Lux aurumque 3'51
 
 
  Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
07 Nú hverfur sól í haf 3'14
 
 
  Sigurdur Saevarsson
08 Nunc dimittis 4'46
 
 
  Ēriks Ešenvalds
09 O salutaris hostia 3'26
 
 
  Anna Thorvaldsdottir
10 Heyr þú oss himnum á 4'16
 
 
  Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
11 Heyr himna smiður 3'12
 
 
  Hördur Áskelsson
12 Hvild 4'38
 
 
  Hreidar Ingi
13 Nunc dimittis  3'18
 
 
  Arvo Pärt
14 Nunc dimittis  5'50
 
  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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