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Ros: Songs of Christmas, music of Praetorius; Fagerheim; Hildegard of Bingen, Nordquist plus traditional carols in vocal and instrumental settings

Album Summary

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
>Lislevand, Rolf : Old Marian Song, for violin, lute & double bass
>Traditional, Christmas : No koma Guds englar med helsning i sky
>Ortiz, Diego : Recercada no 2
>Pedersen, Grete : Rós, suite for soprano, lute, violin, double bass & chorus
>Norgård, Per : Himmelfalden (Julens Glæde), song for voice & piano
>Traditional, Italian : Tarantella
>Traditional, Christmas : Et lidet barn så lysteligt (A Little Child So Joyful), carol (Norwegian)
>Nordqvist, Gustaf : Jul, jul, strålande jul (Christmas, Christmas, Glorious Christmas), song
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With this original and wide-ranging Christmas collection, Grete Pedersen, artistic director of the Norwegian Soloists' Choir, combines 12th century hymns by Hildegard of Bingen with a carol by the Danish 20th century composer Per Norgard, as well as traditional Christmas psalms, in many cases sung to Norwegian folk tunes following age-old usages. The ensemble is once again joined by Berit Opheim and Gjermund Larsen as well as Rolf Lislev and Bjorn Kjellemyr.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
There's some gorgeous music in this programme, although it's difficult to follow the thematic thread which allegedly binds it together...The Norwegian Soloists' Choir is excellent.

MusicWeb International, 18th November 2013
This is a radiant package and pretty much all you will need if you seek an alternative to the more traditional and ubiquitous carols we all know and love, but which can sometimes be too much of a good thing. The performances are all sublime, the arrangements equally so, the recording everything you would expect from this source.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This program of Christmas music sung by Det Norske Solistkor mingles traditional Norwegian songs with translated classics like 'Det Hev ie Rose Sprunge' ('Es ist ein Ros Entsprungen' by Michael Praetorius) and Latin chants by Hildegard of Bingen. These performances are impressive, certainly in part because of the refined singing. But the most compelling aspect of this recording is the singers' joyful spirit in traditional music. Among the vocal works appear instrumental pieces, like the 'Ricercata Segunda' by Diego Ortiz. The expressive lute playing of Rolf Lislevand is exciting, not only here but also in his accompaniments of traditional songs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oslo, Norway (04/2013).



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Works Details

>Praetorious, Michael : Musae Sioniae
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Det Norske Solistkor
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Lislevand, Rolf : Old Marian Song, for violin, lute & double bass
  • Performers: Gjermund Larsen (Violin); Rolf Lislevand (Lute); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass)
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Christmas : No koma Guds englar med helsning i sky
  • Performers: Rolf Lislevand (Lute); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Berit Opheim (Voice); Gjermund Larsen (Violin)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Ortiz, Diego : Recercada no 2
  • Performers: Gjermund Larsen (Violin); Rolf Lislevand (Lute); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Pedersen, Grete : Rós, suite for soprano, lute, violin, double bass & chorus
  • Performers: Gjermund Larsen (Violin); Ingeborg Dalheim; Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 30 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Norgård, Per : Himmelfalden (Julens Glæde), song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Ditte Bræin
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Traditional, Italian : Tarantella
  • Performers: Rolf Lislevand (Lute); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Gjermund Larsen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : Et lidet barn så lysteligt (A Little Child So Joyful), carol (Norwegian)
  • Performers: Berit Opheim (Voice); Gjermund Larsen (Violin); Rolf Lislevand (Lute); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Nordqvist, Gustaf : Jul, jul, strålande jul (Christmas, Christmas, Glorious Christmas), song
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas