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Christmas Songs

"Lovely stuff." American Record Guide
"One of the world's finest male choirs ... Lovely stuff." American Record Guide; "Each item has been carefully chosen and is performed to its best advantage." MusicWeb International; "Die 80 Herren ... liefern mit ihrer aktuellen CD durchweg höchste Qualität und zeigen einen extrem kultivierten Chorklang ... Winland ist eine echte Entdeckung."; “Det här är julmusik som vi känner igen den, fast som stor konst." Dagens Nyheter

Formed in 1853, the choir Orphei Drängar (OD) has constantly striven to discover and develop new directions for the male-voice choir, while not neglecting its splendid traditions. The first OD disc recorded together with the choir's new artistic director, the celebrated choral conductor Cecilia Rydinger Alin, is no exception. Described by Choir & Organ (UK) as 'a tremendous choir, with superb technique and an immense, expressive range', OD gives proof of its versatility in a highly varied programme which still manages to stay within the theme of Christmas: original settings and new arrangements of Swedish folk songs and Christmas classics, English carols and Broadway songs - with Stille Nacht, a Russian hymn in praise of the Holy Virgin, and Eric Whitacre's widely admired Lux aurumque added for good measure. Supplying even more nuances to the palette is the choir's guest artist, the young Swedish soprano Ida Falk Winland, as well as a brass ensemble, supporting choir and soloist in parts of the programme.
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  Pererik Moraeus
01 Koppången 5'15
  Carl Nielsen
02 Forunderligt at sige 2'30
  Gustaf Nordqvist
03 Jul, jul, strålande jul 2'32
  Selim Palmgren
04 Hosiannah! 3'05
  Ingvar Lidholm
05 Madonnans vaggvisa 2'25
  Traditional/arr. Staffan Lindberg
06 Vittskövlevisan 5'28
  Traditional/arr. Staffan Lindberg
07 Staffansvisa från Orust 2'42
  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
08 Hodie Christus natus est 3'05
  Georg Friedrich Händel
09 He Shall Feed His Flock 4'33
  Eric Whitacre
10 Lux aurumque 3'59
  Franz Gruber
11 Stille Nacht 3'03
  Nikolai Golovanov
12 Dostóyno yest 2'34
  Michael Praetorius
13 Es ist ein Ros entsprungen 5'15
  Lowell Mason
14 Joy to the World 1'24
  Ralph Blane
15 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 4'06
  Robert Wells
16 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) 3'08
  Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
17 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 3'07
  Traditional/arr. Per-Henning Olsson
18 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen 2'33
  Traditional/John Gardner
19 Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day 1'48
  Album total 65'22
ChoirOrphei Drängar
ConductorRydinger Alin, Cecilia
SopranoFalk Winland, Ida
ComposerBlane, Ralph
Golovanov, Nikolai
Gruber, Franz
Händel, Georg Friedrich
Lidholm, Ingvar
Mason, Lowell
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix
Moraeus, Pererik
Nielsen, Carl
Nordqvist, Gustaf
Palmgren, Selim
Praetorius, Michael
Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon
Traditional/John Gardner
Traditional/arr. Per-Henning Olsson
Traditional/arr. Staffan Lindberg
Wells, Robert
Whitacre, Eric
EnsembleLinné Brass Quintet
Members of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

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