The Church of Norway's new Hymnal came into use in 2013. Its goal is twofold: to hold on to traditions from earlier hymnals and to bring in something new, with texts in a modern idiom and with new melodies and new harmonic ideas. The texts of Nordic hymns belong to a shared Scandinavian heritage. They deal with sorrow and joy, faith and doubt, and express in words some of life's most painful events. There is nothing static about the hymn tradition; on the contrary, it is constantly evolving and continues to be interpreted by our contemporary composers, hymnographers and performers. This is precisely where the strength of the hymn tradition lies. An old hymn in a fresh musical setting loses none of its power; it simply undergoes a change – sometimes small, sometimes more substantial – to its character.
Best Choral Performance 59th GRAMMY Nominee
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In this recording there are also three newly composed arrangements by the Norwegian composers Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ola Gjeilo and Ørjan Matre. A meditative arrangement of our National Anthem "Ja, vi elsker" is included by the Danish composer Rasmus Thaarup. The hymns are sung by Uranienborg Vokalensemble, conducted by Elisabeth Holte, with Inger-Lise Ulsrud on the organ.
Music and arrangements by Inger-Lise Ulsrud, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, George Thomas Thalben-Ball, Henning Sommerro, Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen, Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Henrik Ødegaard, Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, Max Reger, Rikard Nordraak, Rasmus Thaarup, Aage Samuelsen, Magnar Åm, Trond Hans Farner Kverno, Arve Brunvoll, Ørjan Matre, Ola Gjeilo, Carl Nielsen and Paul Hellmuth.
Whereas the regular stereo mix is individually optimized for each piece of music – the organ or the choir, or the combination of the two – this holistic mix provides a unified perspective for the complete album experience, placing you as a listener in the middle of the church.
Uranienborg Vokalensemble, choir SATB
7041888521723 (main edition)
7041888521730 (holistic mix)
|NOMPP1605010-170 (main edition)
NOMPP1605011-171 (holistic mix)
MCH 5.1 DSD
|Uranienborg Church, Norway