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Meins Lebens Licht: Nystedt - Bach

Nystedt / Norwegian Soloists Choir / Pedersen
Release Date: 11/13/2015 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2184   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Knut NystedtJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria Angelika Carlsen
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Allegria
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc is the moving homage of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir to the man who founded it in 1950 and remained its leader for 40 years. The choral conductor and composer Knut Nystedt passed away in December 2014, at the age of 99, and the disc may to some extent be regarded as an epitaph for him. Alongside two Bach motets, which belonged to Nystedt’s own repertoire as a choral conductor, the programme includes four works which span almost forty years of Nystedt’s long career, from Peace I leave with you, written in 1957 and still one of the composer’s most often performed works, to Be not afraid from 1995. These two motets, as well as O Crux (1977) – which Nystedt himself regarded as one of his main works – are a cappella compositions, Read more while the setting from 1986 of Ave Maria is something as rare as a work for solo violin and mixed choir. The violin part is performed by Maria Angelika Carlsen, artistic leader of the Ensemble Allegria, a group of young Norwegian string players. The ensemble joins the choir in the two Bach motets, and also in the closing work on the disc: Immortal Bach, which incidentally formed part of Nystedt’s farewell concert with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir in 1990. In this atmospheric piece, the composer has taken the first eight bars of Bach’s chorale Komm, süsser Tod, stretching the tempo of its melodies and harmonies to create an impression of timelessness and endlessness. In the present recording, the choir is reinforced by strings in an arrangement by Grete Pedersen, Nystedt's successor as artistic leader of the choir. Five previous discs with Grete Pedersen and the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir have received critical acclaim worldwide, as well as distinctions such as Editor’s Choice (Gramophone), Diapason d’Or (Diapason), Empfohlen (klassik.com) and Disco excepcional (Scherzo). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Peace I leave with you, Op. 43 no 2 by Knut Nystedt
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2015 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, motet for chorus, brass, continuo & winds ad lib ("Cantata No. 11 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria Angelika Carlsen (Violin)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Allegria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1746-1749 
Date of Recording: 02/2015 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo; Norway 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Be Not Afraid, for chorus, Op. 146 by Knut Nystedt
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Period: Modern 
Date of Recording: 02/2015 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Ave Maria by Knut Nystedt
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2015 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo; Norway 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria Angelika Carlsen (Violin)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Allegria
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/2015 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo; Norway 
Length: 19 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
O crux, for chorus, Op. 79 by Knut Nystedt
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Period: Modern 
Written: 1977 
Date of Recording: 02/2015 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo; Norway 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Immortal Bach by Knut Nystedt
Performer:  Maria Angelika Carlsen (Violin)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Allegria
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Norway 
Date of Recording: 02/2015 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo; Norway 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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