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Veni - Songs of Christmas II

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Thomas Beck
John Goss
Charles E. Ives
William James Kirkpatrick
Gjermund Larsen
Arne Modén
John Francis Wade
Performer Marco Ambrosini
Stian Carstensen
Ingeborg Dalheim
Kate Hearne
Knut Johannessen
Christian Kjos
Gjermund Larsen
Sondre Meisfjord
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Joakim Peterson
Andreas Utnem
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2511 SACD
EAN 7318599925110
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Oct 2022
Total time 56'35

December is a time of anticipation. We wait and we hope – veni, come! The songs on this album encompass many nuances and moods – from joy and jubilant celebration to deep melancholy and longing. They move between folk tunes, English carols and traditional Christmas songs from different times and parts of the world, between Bach and Ives, Bulgaria and Norway. Several of the songs refer to the passing of the year, the cycle of nature and rhythms of daily life: &&&lullabies for peace of mind and comfort, and songs about surrendering ourselves to the unfathomable and unknowable in the midst of our everyday concerns: the stars will always shine in the sky – and dawn will come. In others, we meet the little child born in a stable – vulnerable and yet immensely powerful.
In the nine years following the release of ‘Rós – Songs of Christmas’ [BIS-2029], the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir’s annual Christmas concerts under the leadership of Grete Pedersen have become a cherished tradition in their native country. They are joined on this recording by folk musicians Sondre Meisfjord and Marco Ambrosini and by their long-standing collaborator, the fiddler and composer Gjermund Larsen, who also appeared on the choir’s previous Christmas album.

See, amid the winter’s snow,  
Born for us on Earth below…
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01 Adeste fideles 3'36
02 Sæle jolekveld (Holy Christmas Eve) 3'14
03 A Christmas Carol 2'12
04 Kyrklåt (Church Tune) 2'57
05 Me ska bryggja te jul (We shall brew for Christmas) 1'55
06 The Infant King 4'26
07 Ding Dong, Merrily on High 2'05
08 Den bortkomne sauen (The Lost Sheep) 3'29
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 8'10
09 1. Chorus. Komm, Jesu, komm 6'50
10 2. Aria. Drum schließ ich mich in deine Hände 1'20
11 Å her møter mangt (O, Here is Much) 2'34
12 En krybbe var vuggen (Away in a Manger) 3'40
13 Se, solens skjønne lys og prakt (The Sun’s Fair Light) 4'08
14 Carillion 1'41
15 Sjå i stille vinterkveld (See, amid the Winter’s Snow) 3'42
16 Julestev (Christmas Song) 0'53
17 Deilig er jorden (O, Fairest Earth) 3'36
18 Gångmarsj (Walking Tune) 2'31
  Album total 56'35
ArrangerLarsen, Gjermund
Willcocks, David
ChoirDet Norske Solistkor
ViolinLarsen, Gjermund
NyckelharpaAmbrosini, Marco
Double bassMeisfjord, Sondre
HarmoniumJohannessen, Knut
Utnem, Andreas
ConductorPedersen, Grete
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Beck, Thomas
Ives, Charles
Kirkpatrick, William James
Larsen, Gjermund
Modén, Arne
Wade, John Francis
AccordionCarstensen, Stian
CelloHearne, Kate
ViolonePeterson, Joakim
OrganKjos, Christian
SopranoDalheim, Ingeborg

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