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Candlelight Carols - Jul med Allmänna Sången

In an attractively mixed programme, Allmänna Sången, one of Sweden's most well-established choirs, takes the listener to that special place – Christmas! Classic Christmas songs such as Silent Night and Hark, the Herald Angels Sing – performed in Swedish, English and Latin – are mixed with less traditional, but no less atmospheric, works by John Rutter, Jean Sibelius and others.
On most of the tracks the choir is supported by musicians from the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, who also performs The Children's Christmas Eve, a charming suite for strings by Niels W. Gade.
Guest artist is Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, one of Sweden's foremost baritones, who joins his impressive voice to the celebrations, for instance in Adolphe Adam's O, Holy Night. Cecilia Rydinger Alin, who has conducted the choir's previous, highly acclaimed releases on BIS, again proves her ability to adapt to different genres: the Renaissance clarity of Hodie Christus natus est; the intimate modernity of Det är en ros utsprungen – Jan Sandström's arrangement of Prætorius' A Spotless Rose; the Romantic splendour of Howell's setting of the same text; and the folk-inspired Innan gryningen ('Before Dawn') by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame. All in all, a sack full of gifts, each one beautifully packaged and full of joy, celebration and wonder.
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  Gunnar Wennerberg
01 Gören portarna höga (text: Psaltaren 24:7-10) 3'00
  Ivar Widéen
02 Gläns över sjö och strand (text: Viktor Rydberg) 2'27
  Hugo Alfvén
03 Julsång (text: Knut Nyblom) 3'08
  Jean Sibelius
04 Julvisa (Giv mig ej glans) (text: Zacharias Topelius) 3'50
  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
05 Hodie Christus natus est 3'00
  Michael Praetorius
06 Det är en ros utsprungen (text: tysk julsång från 1500-talet) 4'44
  Benny Andersson
07 Innan gryningen (Text: Ylva Eggehorn) 4'03
  Otto Olsson
08 Guds son är född (gammal julvisa) 4'33
  Adolphe Adam
09 O, helga natt (text: P.C. de Roquemaure) 4'54
  Franz Gruber
10 Stilla natt (text: I. M. Mohr) 3'25
  Niels W. Gade
  Barnens julafton (Der Kinder Christabend) 9'20
11 I. Die Weihnachts-Glocken 1'07
12 II. Kind Jesu ward zur Welt gebracht 2'19
13 III. Der Weinachtsbaum 2'05
14 IV. Tanz der kleinen Mädchen 2'28
15 V. Gut Nacht 1'21
  John Rutter
16 Shepherd´s Pipe Carol 2'52
  John Rutter
17 Candlelight Carol 3'56
  Herbert Howells
18 A Spotless Rose (text: tysk julvisa från 1500-talet) 2'59
  Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
19 Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (text: Charles Wesley) 3'09
  Album total 62'05
ConductorRydinger Alin, Cecilia
OrchestraUppsala Chamber Orchestra
ChoirAllmänna Sången
ComposerAdam, Adolphe
Alfvén, Hugo
Andersson, Benny
Gade, Niels W.
Gruber, Franz
Howells, Herbert
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix
Olsson, Otto
Praetorius, Michael
Rutter, John
Sibelius, Jean
Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon
Wennerberg, Gunnar
Widéen, Ivar
BaritoneFredriksson, Karl-Magnus

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