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HIMMELRAND - Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte, Inger-Lise Ulsrud
HIMMELRAND - Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte, Inger-Lise Ulsrud
HIMMELRAND - Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte, Inger-Lise Ulsrud
HIMMELRAND - Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte, Inger-Lise Ulsrud
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HIMMELRAND - Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Elisabeth Holte, Inger-Lise Ulsrud

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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

Recording sessions: Facebook Photo Album

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.

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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.

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Album title
HIMMELRAND
Performer

Uranienborg Vokalensemble, choir SATB
Inger-Lise Ulsrud, organ
Elisabeth Holte, conductor
Matilda Sterby, soprano
Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, soprano
Ragnfrid Lie, soprano

Catalogue #
2L-126-SABD
EAN13
7041888521723 (main edition)
7041888521730 (holistic mix)
ISRC-code
NOMPP1605010-170  (main edition)
NOMPP1605011-171 (holistic mix)
Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
MCH 5.1 DSD
Stereo DSD
RedBook PCM
Disc 2

Pure Audio Blu-ray
2.0 LPCM 192/24
5.1 DTS HDMA 192/24
9.1 Auro-3D
Dolby Atmos
mShuttle: MQA + MP3
Region: ABC - worldwide

Release date
August 2016
Recording date

October 2015

Location
Uranienborg Church, Norway
Original source
DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)