Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis, Hordur Askelsson – Meditatio: music for mixed choir (2016) [eClassical FLAC 24/96]

Meditatio: music for mixed choir – Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis, Hordur Askelsson (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 58:03 minutes | 985 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS Records
Recorded: October 2015 at Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

Growing out of concerts given by Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis and Hörður Áskelsson on All Soul’s Day, Meditatio presents a programme of expressive choral works which interpret grief and bereavement in the light of hope and comfort. Apart from Jón Leifs’ singularly serene Requiem, the composer’s response to the death of his daughter in 1947, all the pieces date from the past 35 years – from The Lamb by John Tavener from 1982 to Nunc dimittis (2015) by Sigurður Sævarsson, Icelandic composer as well as member of Schola cantorum. The ‘Canticle of Simeon’, as this song of praise from the Bible is also called, appears in two other settings on the disc – by Arvo Pärt and by Hreiðar Ingi who, like Sævarsson, sings bass in the choir. Four other Icelandic composers are represented on the disc, including the choir’s conductor Hörður Áskelsson and Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, whose Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, Heaven’s creator) – a setting of a 13th-century hymn – has gained recognition far beyond Iceland. Otherwise the choir performs music by the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, the Scotsman James MacMillan – his A Child’s Prayer commemorates the victims of the school massacre in the Scottish town of Dunblane in March 1996 – and by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, both from the U.S.A. Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis was founded in 1996 by Hörður Áskelsson, who remains its artistic director, and has appeared on a number of BIS recordings with music by Jón Leifs. The choir performs regularly in Reykjavík’s famous Hallgrímskirkja where the present recording took place.

Tracklist:
1 James MacMillan: A Child’s Prayer 3’23
2 John Tavener: The Lamb 3’42
3 Hugi Guðmundsson: Hvíld 3’32
4 Jón Leifs: Requiem 4’38
5 Morten Lauridsen: O nata lux 4’31
6 Eric Whitacre: Lux aurumque 3’51
7 Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson: Nú hverfur sól í haf 3’14
8 Sigurður Sævarsson: Nunc dimittis 4’46
9 Eriks Ešenvalds: O salutaris hostia 3’26
10 Anna Þorvaldsdóttir: Heyr þú oss himnum á 4’16
11 Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson: Heyr himna smiður 3’12
12 Hörður Áskelsson: Hvíld 4’38
13 Hreiðar Ingi: Nunc dimittis 3’18
14 Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis 5’50

Personnel:
Schola cantorum Reykjavicensis
Hörður Áskelsson conductor

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