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Grieg, Gade: Sacred Choral Works / Jorgensen, Hoyer, Et Al


Release Date: 07/25/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9767   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegNiels Gade
Performer:  Per HoyerBine Katrine Bryndorf
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an excellent disc, one that choral music lovers will want to snap up, and one whose program leaves you wondering why this music is so rarely (if ever) heard and recorded. Anyone who enjoys German Romantic and post-Romantic English religious choral music will be right at home here--but you may be surprised at the adeptness and facility of the writing from two composers never cited for their choir works. It goes way beyond mere competence: many of these pieces, especially the ones by Grieg, could stand alongside much of the a cappella repertoire of Brahms and way above those oft-performed Bruckner motets in their harmonic invention, and certainly are as charming and affecting as most anything those celebrated English composers of the Read more late-19th/early 20th centuries produced. Not that there isn't some syrupy or formulaic or just plain ordinary stuff in here, too--but who among the composers referred to above isn't also guilty of that? However, when you hear the last of Grieg's Four Hymns Op. 74, you'll not only be struck by the beauty of the tune (it comes from a famous collection of Norwegian folk ballads) but also by the sophistication of Grieg's treatment of the choir, which plays a role at once supportive and independent. The Two Religious Choruses, eight-part a cappella choral settings of original songs the composer originally wrote for voice and piano, are sublime, little masterpieces deserving a place in the standard repertoire. The fugal Dona nobis pacem, a very early Grieg work, is guilty of the cumbersome, academic style of a student work (Grieg was in his final year of conservatory in Leipzig), but after all that comes before on this program, you easily can forgive this effort.


The Gade pieces include four church-style hymns, the last of which is the beguiling "Baby Jesus in a crib He lay", an arrangement of an earlier Christmas song for voice and piano with text by Hans Christian Andersen. We also hear a sturdy if somewhat predictable bit of harmonic writing in the Benedictus and Amen (with organ accompaniment). But the heart of the Danish composer's contributions is found in the Three sacred choruses, ravishing in their Mendelssohnian emotional character, attractive melodies, and rich harmonies.


Baritone soloist Per Høyer is marvelous, his rich, sweet, lyric tone used to maximum effect in the hymn "I Himmelen, i Himmelen". The choir, too is first rate. This world-class ensemble's warm, full, ideally balanced sound--and heavenly sopranos and altos--is perfect for this music. Intonation is not flawless, but nearly so--it wavers in only a small handful of instances, and these are difficult passages for the upper voices. Sound is just about perfect, with only a little harshness in the loudest moments of full-ensemble singing.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Psalms (4), Op. 74 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Per Hoyer (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 23 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
2.
Dona nobis pacem by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Benedictus and Amen by Niels Gade
Performer:  Bine Katrine Bryndorf (Organ)
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1885 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Elverskud, Op. 30: I osten stiger solen op "Morgensang" by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Copenhagen, Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
Notes: Arranged: Niels Gade 
5.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 5, At the bier of a young wife by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
Notes: Arranged: Edvard Greig (1898-99) 
6.
Ave maris stella, EG 150 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranged: Edvard Greig 
7.
Album for Male Chorus, Op. 30: no 10, The great white flock by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Per Hoyer (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
8.
Easter by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
9.
O du, der du die Liebe by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Niels Gade (1856) 
10.
Hymnus "Seht, welch ein Mensch!" by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1939-1940; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Gebeth by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Take up arms, hero of Golgotha by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
13.
Should it come to pass, Lord, as I wish by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
14.
Just like the flower in the field fades by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Denmark 
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Danish 
15.
Barn Jesus i en krybbe lå by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir
Date of Recording: 1998-99 
Venue:  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Danish 

Sound Samples

4 Psalms, Op. 74: No. 1. Havd est du dog skon (How Fair is Thy Face)
4 Psalms, Op. 74: No. 2. Guds Son har gjort mig fri (God's Son hath Set me Free)
4 Psalms, Op. 74: No. 3. Jesus Kristus er opfaren (Jesus Christ Our Lord is Risen)
4 Psalms, Op. 74: No. 4. I Himmelen, i Himmelen (In Heaven above)
Romancer, Op. 39 (arr. for choir): 6 Songs, Op. 39: No. 5. Ved en ung hustrus bare (At the Grave of a Young Wife) (arr. for choir)
Ave, maris stella (version for choir): Ave maris stella (arr. for chorus)
Album for Male Voices, Op. 30: No. 10. Den store, hvide flok (The Great White Host)
Dona nobis pacem
Morgensang
Paske (Easter)
O du, der du die Liebe bist
Hymnus a 8 voci
Gebeth (Prayer)
Udrust dig, helt fra Golgata (Take up arms, hero of Golgotha)
Gar det, Herre, som jeg vil (Should it come to pass, Lord, as I wish)
Som markens blomst henvisner fage (Just like the flower in the field fades)
Barn Jesus i en krybbe la: (Baby Jesus in a crib He lay)
Benedictus and Amen: Benedictus
Benedictus and Amen: Amen

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