Candlelight Carols

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Label: BIS (Sweden)
Catalog: CD5028
Format: CD

Gunnar Wennerberg: Gören portarna höga; Ivar Widéen: Gläns över sjö och strand; Hugo Alfvén: Julsång; Jean Sibelius: Giv mig ej glans; Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est; Michael Prætorius/Jan Sandström: Det är en ros utsprungen; Benny Andersson: Innan gryningen; Trad./Otto Olsson: Guds Son är född; Adolphe Adame: O, helga natt; Franz Gruber: Stilla natt; Niels W. Gade: Barnens julafton; John Rutter: Shepherd's Pipe Carol; Candlelight Carol; Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose; Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

In an attractively mixed programme, Allmänna Sången, one of Sweden's most well-established choirs, takes the listener to that special place - Christmas! Classic Christmas songs such as 'Silent Night' and 'Hark, the Herald Angels Sing' - peformed in Swedish, English and Latin - are mixed with less traditional, but no less atmospheric, works by John Rutter, Jean Sibelius and others. On most tracks the choir is supported by musicians from the Uppsala Chamber orchestra, who also performs 'The Children's Christmas Eve', a charming suite for strings by Niels W. Gade. Guest artist is Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, one of Sweden's foremost baritones, who joins his impressive voice to the celebrations, for instance in Adolphe Adam's 'O Holy Night'. Cecilia Rydinger Alin, who has conducted the choir's previous, highly acclaimed release on BIS, again proves her ability to adapt to different genres: the Renaissance clarity of 'Hodie Christus natus est'; the Romantic splendour of Howell's setting of the same text; and the folk-inspired 'Innan gryningen' ('Before Dawn') by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame. All in all, a sack full of gifts, each one beautifully packaged and full of joy, celebration and wonder.

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