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Folkjul II: A Swedish Folk Christmas / Graden, St. Jacobs Chamber Choir


Release Date: 11/02/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2334  
Composer:  TraditionalPhilipp NicolaiViktor GabrielssonAlice Tegnér,   ... 
Performer:  Gunnar IdenstamSandra MarteleurUlrika Boden
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Well into the previous century Sweden was largely a peasant society with folk music an integral part of daily life. There were work songs, narrative ballads and, obviously, music for dancing. Over the centuries a not always easy coexistence between religion and folk culture developed, with hymns being adapted to a folk-music aesthetic while popular traditions were given a Christian veneer. An example of the latter is the rich store of ‘Staffan ballads’, springing from a pre-Christian horse cult but given a new slant as its focus shifted to St. Stephen – the first Christian martyr. Gunnar Idenstam and S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir have performed their Folkjul concerts more or less every year since 2002. The concept stem from a rich interplay Read more between ‘folk culture’ and ‘high culture’ and in Idenstam’s arrangements a newly composed halling or polska entwines itself round the old Christmas melodies. The first Folkjul album was released in 2007 – this time the choir and Idenstam are joined by violinist Sandra Marteleur and Ulrika Bodén, one of Sweden’s most well-established folk singers. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gabriel's message by Traditional
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
Written: Basque Provinces 
2.
Var hälsad sköna morgonstund by Philipp Nicolai
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Ulrika Boden (Voice), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
3.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
4.
Tiggarvisa frĺn Malung by Traditional
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Ulrika Boden (Voice), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
5.
Polska av Viktor Gabrielsson by Viktor Gabrielsson
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Ulrika Boden (Voice), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
6.
Nu sjunga Guds änglar by Alice Tegnér
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
7.
En gangar till kaffet by Sandra Marteleur
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
8.
Det lyser en stjärna by Traditional
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Ulrika Boden (Voice), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
9.
Nu tändas tusen juleljus by Emmy Kohler
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ), Ulrika Boden (Voice)
10.
Christines polska by Gunnar Idenstam
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
11.
Staffanvisa by Traditional
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Ulrika Boden (Voice), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
Written: Sweden 
12.
Staffan Halling II by Traditional
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Ulrika Boden (Voice), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
13.
En stjärna gick pĺ himlen fram by Traditional
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Ulrika Boden (Voice), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
14.
Den signade dag (This Blessed Day) by Traditional
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
15.
Allt vid den ljusa stjärnan by Sofia Sanden
Performer:  Ulrika Boden (Voice)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
16.
Julottan by Mats Wallman
Performer:  Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Gunnar Idenstam (Organ)
17.
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Martin Luther
Performer:  Gunnar Idenstam (Organ), Sandra Marteleur (Violin), Ulrika Boden (Voice)
Conductor:  Gary Graden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1535; Germany 

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