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Nordic Sounds 2
The CD features a.o. arrangements by Jan Sandström of improvised folk songs of the Sami people - whose singing is among the earliest continuing vocal traditions of Europe - but also recent works like the sixteen-part Kosijat (The Suitors; 2001) by one of the best-known contemporary composers in Finland, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. The final piece on the cd, Muoayiayaoum is a phonetic formula, a sequence of vowels which open and close.
This is the purpose of the twelve-minute piece, as the composer Anders Hillborg ventures in search of the greatest possible precision in terms of timbre, pulse and dynamics. The level of vocal virtuosity that Peter Dijkstra elicits from his singers of The Swedish Radio Choir, collectively, is breathtaking and his cd ‘Nordic Sounds 1’ with music of Sandström as well as his most recent Poulenc recording ‘Figure Humaine’, received great critical acclaim and important awards!
“Traditional Swedish folksongs are interwoven with newer choral works” BBC Music Magazine, December 2012 ****
“This is such a choral feast that one can only shake one's head in wonderment that such lovely music is so little known outside Scandinavia. The Swedish Radio Choir's reputation for flawless singing is as solid as ever and, under Peter Dijkstra's direction, it has become a powerful though flexible instrument capable of tremendously warm and gilded singing.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
“The timbral and rhythmic precision of their performances does not prevent the singing from projecting a genuinely human warmth. The choir is responsive to the wide variety of styles represented here; one senses the singers' enjoyment.” International Record Review, December 2012
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Medieval Songs and Swedish Traditional Music
Helena Ek (soprano), Göran Månsson (pipes, frame drum, hurdy-gurdy), Johannes Landgren (organ), Marie-Louise Marming (medieval fiddle) & Berit Lindberg (harp)
This unique collection of works brings two major names together on one CD. Helena Ek’s artistic activities include television and radio and has recorded several CDs with Sony and Virgin Classics. Göran Månsson is widely respected as one of Sweden’s most dynamic folk pipes players and has recorded CDs for BIS, Sony and Universal.
“This disc is a pan-European mixture from all times and places, of music in honour of the Virgin Mary...The choice of instruments is made to suit the country of origin and the period in which it was written. It works most effectively...A final verdict: a pleasant disc, nicely conceived and well worth searching out.” MusicWeb International, November 2007
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Våren är kommen
Traditional Swedish Songs of Spring and Summer
Nu har jag fått den jag vill ha
Nu är det gott att leva
Majsång (Sköna maj, välkommen) (Text: Johan Ludvig Runeberg)
Vårsång (Text: Herman Sähterberg)
Sjungom studentens lyckliga dag (Let Us Sing about the Happy Days of Students)
Madrigal (Kom, du ljuva hjärtevän) (Svensk text: Einar Ralf)
Regnvisan (Text: Karl Asplund)
Vill du komma med mig? (Text: Josef Julius Wecksell)
Juninat (Text: Viggo Stuckenberg)
Guldsmed (Text: Hans Storm)
Vårsång (Vårliga vindar draga) (Text: Frithiof Grafström)
Serenad (Stjärnorna tindra re'n)
Vårsång (Våren är kommen) (Text: Carl Fredrik Dahlgren)
Majsång 'O, hur härligt majsol ler' (Text: Johan Heinrich Voss/Carl Wilhelm Böttiger)
Lindblad, A F:
En sommarafton (Över skogen, över sjön)
Längtan till landet (Vintern rasat ut) (Text: Herman Sähterberg)
Marschner, A E:
Gute Nacht (Text: Oscar Ludvig Bernhard Wolff)
Serenad (Slumra hulda vid min sång)
Aftenstemning (Text: Carsten Hauch, after Matthias Claudius)
Under rönn och syrén (text: Zacharias Topelius)
På fjället i sol
Välkommen till våren
Vårluft (Text: Zacharias Topelius)
Vals i Valparaiso
Kristallen den fina
Jeg lagde mig saa sildig
Dofta, dofta, vit syrén (text: Emil Kleen)
Kung Liljekonvalje (text: Gustav Fröding)
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