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Folkjul 2 - A Swedish Folk Christmas

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Viktor Gabrielsson
Gunnar Idenstam
Emmy Köhler
Martin Luther
Sandra Marteleur
Philipp Nicolai
Sofia Sandén
Alice Tegnér
Traditional /arr. G. Idenstam
Mats Wallman
Performer Ulrika Bodén
Gunnar Idenstam
Sandra Marteleur
St. Jacobs Kammarkör
Gary Graden, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2334 SACD
EAN 7318599923345
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Nov 2018
Total time 73'21



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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  Traditional
01 Från himmelen kom ängeln Gabriel (Gabriel’s Message) 2'28
 
 
  Philipp Nicolai
02 Var hälsad sköna morgonstund (All Hail to Thee, O Blessed Morn) 8'17
 
 
  Traditional
03 In dulci jubilo 4'26
 
 
  Traditional
04 Tiggarvisa från Malung (Begging Song from Malung) 3'48
 
 
  Viktor Gabrielsson
05 Polska av Viktor Gabrielsson (Polska by Viktor Gabrielsson) 4'33
 
 
  Alice Tegnér
06 Nu sjunga Guds änglar (God’s Angels Now Sing) 2'00
 
 
  Sandra Marteleur
07 En gangar till kaffet (A Gangar with Your Coffee) 3'05
 
 
  Traditional
08 Det lyser en stjärna (A Star Shines Bright) 6'35
 
 
  Emmy Köhler
09 Nu tändas tusen juleljus (A Thousand Candles are Now Lit) 2'17
 
 
  Gunnar Idenstam
10 Christines polska (A Polska for Christine) 4'19
 
 
  Traditional
11 Staffansvisa / Musette (Staffan Ballad / Musette) 4'47
 
 
  Traditional
12 Staffan Halling II 2'42
 
 
  Traditional
13 En stjärna gick på himlen fram (A Star Passed Across the Sky) 5'53
 
 
  Traditional
14 Den signade dag (The Blessed Day) 2'32
 
 
  Sofia Sanden
15 Allt vid den ljusa stjärnan (Upon the Bright Star) 4'14
 
 
  Mats Wallman
16 Julottan (Christmas Morning) 3'51
 
 
  Martin Luther
17 Från himlens höjd (From Heaven Above) 7'26
 
  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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