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Spes - works by Fjellheim, Makaroff, Esenvalds, Ugalde, Matsushita, Nystedt, Biebl / Cantus & Frode Fjellheim, Tove Ramlo-Ystad

Album Summary

>Fjellheim, Frode : Aejlies (Sanctus)
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Ubi caritas et amor
>Makaroff, Mia : Spes
>Fjellheim, Frode : Kyrie
>Ugalde, Eva : Miserere
>Matsushita, Ko : Alleluia, Cantate Domino
>Fjellheim, Frode : Njoktje (The Swan)
>Nystedt, Knut : Mary's Song
>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
>Fjellheim, Frode : Dona nobis pacem
>Arnesen, Kim Andre : Even When He Is Silent
>Beck, Christoph : Vuelie (from the film "Frozen")
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

What happens when traditional Sami music meets mainstream western sacred music? This is the question Cantus meets head-on in Spes. Under the direction of its conductor Tove Ramlo-Ystad, and in collaboration with composer and musician Frode Fjellheim, the choir explores a new and little-known musical world, a world with a wide range of emotions: sorrow, joy and vulnerability. Through these songs, sounds and musical forms - some familiar, others scarcely known - Cantus challenges both itself and its audience with a repertoire which, while being striking in its variety, is united in one thing: its expression of hope in the music by Frode Fjellheim, Mia Makaroff, Eriks Esenvalds, Eva Ugalde, Ko Matsushita, Knut Nystedt, Franz Xaver Biebl and Kim André Arnesen. In 2013 Cantus was asked to sing Fjellheim's Vuelie as the musical opening to Disney's new animation film Frozen. This blend of Sami elements, whose roots go deep into an aboriginal people's culture, with music from the Mass and other church music that we are more familiar with has proved popular with audiences all over the world. In the spirit of hope, Cantus has recorded a revised edition of Vuelie for this album. Immersive Sound is a completely new conception of the musical experience. Recorded music is no longer a matter of a fixed one-dimensional setting, but rather a three-dimensional enveloping situation. Stereo can be described as a flat canvas and Surround Sound as a field, but Immersive Sound is a sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. The 9.1 Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray features sound reproduction that is more realistic than anything you've heard before. It delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio. Pure Audio Blu-ray Stereo 192kHz/24bit 5.1 Surround 192kHz/24bit 9.1 Auro-3D 96kHz/24bit Produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway A Hybrid SACD is included in the box. The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
There are ethnomusicological twists on the program as well, with Norwegian singer composer Frode Fjellheim joining the choir for several selections inspired by Sami chants from the Scandinavian region. We refer to the Sami people as Lapps or Laplanders, by the way. Musically, they are known for the evocative chants they sing, which are called joiks. The ethnic twinges in the vocal solos are interesting and exotic, but they're also accompanied by percussion and a synthesizer. As always with 2L, a Blu-Ray disc is included in the deal.



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Works Details

>Fjellheim, Frode : Aejlies (Sanctus)
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Ubi caritas et amor
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Makaroff, Mia : Spes
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fjellheim, Frode : Kyrie
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ugalde, Eva : Miserere
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matsushita, Ko : Alleluia, Cantate Domino
  • Performer: Liv Nordlund
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fjellheim, Frode : Njoktje (The Swan)
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Nystedt, Knut : Mary's Song
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Karen Brandvold; Cathrine Fosseide
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1964

>Fjellheim, Frode : Dona nobis pacem
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arnesen, Kim Andre : Even When He Is Silent
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Beck, Christoph : Vuelie (from the film "Frozen")
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Frode Fjellheim.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fjellheim, Frode : Aejlies (Sanctus)
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Ubi caritas et amor
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Makaroff, Mia : Spes
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fjellheim, Frode : Kyrie
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ugalde, Eva : Miserere
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matsushita, Ko : Alleluia, Cantate Domino
  • Performer: Liv Nordlund
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fjellheim, Frode : Njoktje (The Swan)
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Nystedt, Knut : Mary's Song
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Biebl, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Karen Brandvold; Cathrine Fosseide
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1964

>Fjellheim, Frode : Dona nobis pacem
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arnesen, Kim Andre : Even When He Is Silent
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Beck, Christoph : Vuelie (from the film "Frozen")
  • Performers: Snorre Bjerck (Percussion); Frode Fjellheim (Synthesizer)
  • Conductor: Tove Ramlo-Ystad
  • Ensemble: Cantus
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Frode Fjellheim.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary