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Music for Mixed Choir, "Meditatio" - Works by Jon Leifs, Arvo Pärt, James MacMillan, Tohn Tavener, Eric Whitacre, and more / Hördur Askelsson, Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis

Album Summary

>MacMillan, James : A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
>Guomundsson, Hugi : Hvild (Rest), for chorus
>Leifs, Jón : Requiem for chorus, Op 33b
>Lauridsen, Morten : O nata lux, for chorus
>Whitacre, Eric : Lux Aurumque
>Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell : Nú hverfur sól i haf (Now the Sun Sinks in the Sea), for chorus
>Savarsson, Sigurdur : Nunc Dimittis, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : O salutaris Hostia, for 2 sopranos & chorus
>Thorvaldsdottir, Anna : Heyr _ú oss himnum á, for chorus
>Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell : Heyr, himnasmiñur (Hear, Heaven's Maker), for chorus
>Askelsson, Hördur : Hvíld, for chorus
>_orsteinsson, Hreidar Ingi : Nunc Dimittis, for 4 soloists & chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Meditatio is a project which grew from the concerts given by Schola canto rum Reykjavicensis and Horour Askelsson on All Soul's Day. These choral works depict grief and bereavement through the lens of hope and comfort. Except for Jon Leif's Requiem, the works on this album were all composed within the last four decades. The choir's conductor, Horour Askelsson, as well as four other Icelandic composers, are featured on the release. Especially moving is Scottish composer James MacMillan's "A Child's Prayer," which was written to commemorate the victims of the 1996 Dunblane school massacre.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland (10/2015).



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Works Details

>MacMillan, James : A Child's Prayer, for treble, chorus & organ
  • Performers: Ragnheiour Grimsdottir (Voice); Rakel Gudmundsdottir (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Ensemble: Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tavener, John : The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1982

>Guomundsson, Hugi : Hvild (Rest), for chorus
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Leifs, Jón : Requiem for chorus, Op 33b
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Lauridsen, Morten : O nata lux, for chorus
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Whitacre, Eric : Lux Aurumque
  • Performer: Rakel Gudmundsdottir (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2000

>Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell : Nú hverfur sól i haf (Now the Sun Sinks in the Sea), for chorus
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Savarsson, Sigurdur : Nunc Dimittis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : O salutaris Hostia, for 2 sopranos & chorus
  • Performers: Kristín Blöndal (Voice); Thelma Sigurdorsdottir (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Thorvaldsdottir, Anna : Heyr _ú oss himnum á, for chorus
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sigurbjörnsson, Thorkell : Heyr, himnasmiñur (Hear, Heaven's Maker), for chorus
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Askelsson, Hördur : Hvíld, for chorus
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2012

>_orsteinsson, Hreidar Ingi : Nunc Dimittis, for 4 soloists & chorus
  • Performers: Helgi Helgason (Voice); Fjolnir Olafsson (Voice); Thelma Sigurdorsdottir (Voice); Johanna Valsdottir (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
  • Performer: Thelma Sigurdorsdottir (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hördur Askelsson
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001