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Ros - Songs of Christmas / Pedersen, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir

Praetorius / Norwegian Soloists Choir / Pedersen
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2029  
Composer:  Michael PraetoriusHildegard of BingenPer NorgaardGustaf Nordqvist,   ... 
Performer:  Rolf LislevandGjermund LarsenBerit OpheimBjorn Kjellemyr
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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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
Read more 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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Works on This Recording

1. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
2. O vis eternitatis by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
3. O frondens virga / Psalmus XLIV by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
4. Ave generosa by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
5. O vis eternitatis by Hildegard of Bingen
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
6. Himmelfalden "Julens glaede" by Per Norgaard
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
7. Jul, jul stralande jul by Gustaf Nordqvist
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Sweden 
8. Mitt hjerte alltid vanker by Traditional
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Written: Norway 
9. A child is born in Bethlehem by Traditional
Performer:  Rolf Lislevand (Lute), Gjermund Larsen (Violin)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Written: Denmark 
10. In this Blessed Christmas Time by Ola O. Fagerheim
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
11. Jolevers by Traditional
Performer:  Berit Opheim (Voice)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
12. No koma Guds englar "The Angels of God" by Traditional
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
13. Den fagraste rosa "The Fairest of Roses" by Traditional
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
14. Maria, hun er en jomfru ren "Mary is a Virgin Pure" by Traditional
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
15. Old Marian Song by Traditional
Performer:  Gjermund Larsen (Violin), Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass)
16. Trattado de glosas: Recercada segunda by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Rolf Lislevand (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1533 

Sound Samples

Det hev ei rose sprunge (Behold, a Rose is Springing)
Old Marian Song (arr. R. Lislevand for violin and lute)
No koma Guds englar (The Angels of God) (arr. J.A. Lie and G. Pedersen for voice, chorus, violin, lute and double bass)
Ricercata segunda (improvisation by G. Larsen, R. Lislevand and B. Kjellemyr)
O vis eternitatis (arr. G. Pedersen for chorus, violin and double bass): O vis eternitatis: O vis aeternitatis - Et sic indumenta ipsius (arr. G. Pedersen for chorus, violin and double bass)
O frondens virga (O leafy branch) (arr. G. Pedersen for chorus and lute)
Et barn er fodt i Betlehem (A Child is Born in Bethlehem) (arr. O. Matre for chorus, violin, lute and double bass)
Ave generosa
I denne sote juletid (In this Blessed Christmas Time) (arr. O. Matre for chorus)
Den fagraste rosa (The Fairest of Roses) (arr. R. Lislevand for voice and lute)
Maria, hun er en jomfru ren (Mary is a Virgin Pure) (arr. R. Lislevand for violin, lute and double bass)
Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (My Heart Forever Dwells) (arr. O. Matre for chorus)
O vis eternitatis (arr. G. Pedersen for chorus, violin and double bass)
Julens glaede (Himmelfalden)
Tarantella (arr. R. Lislevand for chorus, violin, lute and double bass)
Jolevers (Et lite barn sa lystelig) (arr. R. Lislevand and O. Matre for voice, violin, lute and double bass)
Jul, jul, stralande jul (Yule, Yule, Radiant Yule)

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