Habbestad: Sacred Choral Works / Klava, Latvian Radio Choir

Release Date: 2/23/2018
Label: Lawo Classics
Catalog Number: LWC1136
Composer: Kjell Habbestad
Conductor: Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
LAWO Classics presents here an entire album devoted to a selection of Kjell Habbestad’s sacred choral works. The music on this release was written over a period of 35 years and ranges from the composer’s opus 1 to opus 90. Textually, the works constitute a cycle of the church eyar, from the Annunciation to Christmas, and from Lent and Passion Week to Easter and Pentecost. The Latvian Radio Choir, one of the world’s leading choirs, performs music from all periods, but has specialized mainly in contemporary music. There is hardly another choir that would be able to master the tonal challenges presented by certain works on this album. Thus the recording session in Riga turned out to be a very special experience both for the composer and the recording company. Other contributors to the recording are Oslo Cathedral Choir, conductor Vivanne Sydnes, and Kare Nordstoga at the organ. The reason for this is that the first three tracks, in the midst of a Latin and English language landscape, present Anglican chants with new Norwegian text. As one could not expect the Latvian Radio Choir to take on this task, the Latvan and Norwegian choirs pass the baton back and forth in the three works Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis and Benedictus Dominus. Composer Kjell Habbestad studied church music and is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He has an earlier album of organ music, and has other releases planned.
Works on This Recording
1. Cantica, Op. 1 by Kjell Habbestad
Conductor: Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century
2. Nox Praecessit, Op. 19 by Kjell Habbestad
Conductor: Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1987 ; Norway
3. You Who Knelt in Darkness Quaking, from Op. 90 by Kjell Habbestad
Conductor: Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2012 ; Norway
4. Psalms (3), Op. 70 by Kjell Habbestad
Conductor: Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
Period: Contemporary
5. God's Son Has Made Me Free, Op. 72 by Kjell Habbestad
Conductor: Sigvards Klava
Orchestra/Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2004 ; Norway
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