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Jennefelt: Nocturnal Singing

Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Footprint Records   Catalog #: 99  
Composer:  Thomas Jennefeld
Performer:  Jessica Backlund
Conductor:  Andrew ManzeFredrik Malmberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony OrchestraSwedish Radio ChoirEric Ericson Chamber Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Two of the finest choirs in northern Europe are heard on this new recording celebrating the distinctive but entirely natural voice of Thomas Jennefelt. ‘We need the night, it is a sanctuary’, writes Jennefelt. ‘At night…things we are saying in daylight are singing in us.’ Nocturnal Singing (2010) was commissioned by the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, of which Jennefelt was once a member, and dedicated to its erstwhile founder. It is a virile yet melancholy statement of belief in the power of the collective human voice, with no recourse to words, which is full of Jennefelt’s trademark clarity and his alluring combination of musical intimacy and sweep. This meticulous performance was made by another choir founded by Ericson, the Swedish Radio Read more Choir, which is joined by its sister symphony orchestra under one of the most sought-after conductors of our time, Andrew Manze. Some of the sensuality that finds its way into Nocturnal Singing is heard in the more obviously theatrical Four Opera Choruses, written in 2016 for ‘as yet unwritten operas.’ We hear yet more strong contrasts and clear narratives, but always music that is born of the voice despite its complexity and theoretical rigor. This performance from the Eric Ericsson Chamber Choir and Royal Swedish Navy Band under Fredrik Malmberg unleashes all the inherent drama in Jennefelt’s scores. Read less

Works on This Recording

Nocturnal Singing by Thomas Jennefeld
Performer:  Jessica Backlund (Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Manze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Sweden 
Opera Choruses (4) by Thomas Jennefeld
Conductor:  Fredrik Malmberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Royal Swedish Navy Band
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Sweden 

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