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RÓS · Songs of Christmas

Composer Ola O. Fagerheim
Hildegard of Bingen
Gustaf Nordquist
Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
Michael Praetorius
Performer The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2029 SACD
EAN 7318599920290
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Oct 2013
Total time 52'30

Det Norske Solistkor records Christmas Songs (~ 3,5 min.)

In Christian symbolism, the rose is closely associated with the Mystery of the Nativity, and therefore with both Jesus Christ and Mary. The idea of the perfect flower, springing forth from a thorny stem, has – like the Nativity itself – captured the imagination of poets and musicians throughout the ages and from all stations of life. &&&With this original and wide-ranging Christmas collection, Grete Pedersen – the artistic director of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir – has created what might be compared to a rosary, combining 12th-century hymns by Hildegard of Bingen with a carol by the Danish 20th-century composer Per Nørgård, as well as traditional Christmas psalms, in many cases sung to Norwegian folk tunes following age-old usages. Grete Pedersen and the choir have reached a wide international audience through four previous discs on BIS, ranging from collections of Grieg, or of Brahms and Schubert, to the folk-inspired White Night and, most recently, Refractions: the unexpected combination of three 20th-century giants – Berg, Webern and Messiaen – with their Norwegian contemporary Fartein Valen. On the present disc, the team is once again joined by the singer Berit Opheim and the violinist Gjermund Larsen – both with a background in folk music – as well as by Rolf Lislevand, internationally acclaimed lutenist, and the highly respected jazz bassist Bjørn Kjellemyr.
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  Michael Praetorius
01 Det hev ei rose sprunge (Behold, a Rose is Springing) 2'54
02 Old Marian Song (instrumental) 0'32
03 No koma Guds englar (The Angels of God) 3'04
04 Improvisation on Ricercata Segunda by Diego Ortiz 1'24
  Hildegard of Bingen
  ‘Rós’ – Suite for Christmas 31'26
05 O vis æternitatis (O Eternal Force) 2'12
06 O frondens virga (O Leafy Branch) 2'51
07 Eit barn er født i Betlehem (A Child is Born in Bethlehem) 4'33
08 Ave, generosa (Hail, Magnanimous) 0'53
09 I denne søte juletid (In this Blessed Christmas Time) 6'18
10 Den fagraste rosa (The Fairest of Roses) 3'02
11 Maria, hun er en jomfru ren (Mary is a Virgin Pure) 1'09
12 Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (My Heart Forever Dwells) 5'46
13 O vis æternitatis (O Eternal Force) long version 4'42
  Per Norgard (Nørgård)
14 Julens glæde (Himmelfalden) (The Joy of Christmas) 2'47
15 Tarantella 3'18
16 Jolevers (Et lite barn så lystelig) (Christmas Verse) 3'23
  Gustaf Nordquist
17 Jul, jul, strålande jul (Yule, Yule, Radiant Yule) 2'36
  Album total 52'30
ComposerFagerheim, Ola O.
Hildegard of Bingen
Nordquist, Gustaf
Norgard (Nørgård), Per
Praetorius, Michael
ConductorPedersen, Grete
ChoirDet Norske Solistkor
VocalsBraein, Ditte Marie
Opheim Versto, Berit
LuteLislevand, Rolf
ViolinLarsen, Gjermund
Double bassKjellemyr, Bjorn
SopranoDalheim, Ingeborg
Hestad Jenssen, Runa

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