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Christmas Songs / Alin, Orphei Drangar


Release Date: 11/24/2009 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1833   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pereric MoraeusCarl NielsenGustaf NordqvistSelim Palmgren,   ... 
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber OrchestraLinne QuintetOrphei Drängar
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Swedish male voice choir Orphei Drängar was formed in 1853 and has included Hugo Alfvén and Eric Ericson amongst their past conductors. Its nearly eighty members manage to avoid those characteristic faults of male voice choirs of sounding coarse when singing loudly, sounding flat when singing quietly and overdoing the vibrato in soulful passages. In fact they form a very fine musical instrument, able to turn to the very different demands of a programme ranging from Scandinavian works and arrangements of Swedish traditional Christmas music, to earlier works, and at the end a mixture of unfamiliar arrangements of familiar carols and Christmas music. Clearly care has gone into the ordering of the programme so that it is Read more possible to listen to it continuously and feel some sort of coherent progress. I particularly enjoyed the Scandinavian items which include fine pieces by Nielsen, Palmgren and Lidholm as well as the opening item, “Koppången”, an arrangement with a solo soprano of a soulful fiddle tune to words describing a country church at Christmas. The two arrangements by Staffan Lindberg are of songs sung originally by Swedish boys around their villages on Boxing Day. Both incorporate a splendidly wild sounding percussion parts and the second also has brass slyly hinting at other carols.

The Sweelinck and Handel are enjoyable if far from authentic and the Whitacre and Golovanov are sung with great finesse and sense of line. The final selection of carols and Christmas songs is varied and sung in interesting and effective arrangements."

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Koppången by Pereric Moraeus
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
2.
Hymns and Sacred Songs (49), FS 83: Strange to say by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913-1914; Denmark 
3.
Jul, jul stralande jul by Gustaf Nordqvist
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: Romantic 
Written: Sweden 
4.
Hosiannah! by Selim Palmgren
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Songs (6): Madonnans vaggvisa by Ingvar Lidholm
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 946-1948; Sweden 
6.
Vittskovlevisan by Traditional
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
7.
Staffansvisa Fran Orust by Traditional
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
8.
Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
9.
Messiah, HWV 56: He shall feed His flock by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; England 
10.
Lux aurumque by Eric Whitacre
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
11.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
12.
Dostoyno Yest by Nikolai S. Golovanov
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
13.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
14.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
15.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
16.
The Christmas Song by Mel Torme
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
17.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
18.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Written: England 
19.
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 no 2 by John Gardner
Conductor:  Cecilia Rydinger Alin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Uppsala Chamber Orchestra,  Linne Quintet,  Orphei Drängar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; England 

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