Choral & Organ

CD 22041

Super Audio Compact Disc

"A Star is Shining"

The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble

This is a Christmas album, but with a difference!
On purpose, this disc is not labelled as "Christmas," but it is of course associated with Christmas in the way it looks and in a lot of songs included.   The idea here is that it should not be "locked up" and only played during Christmas time!   The basic idea was to make a classical Christmas album, not just with all the usual Christmas songs that people expect, but with songs that are more or less associated with Christmas when it comes to feeling and timbre!   At the same time we wanted to make a Christmas album that is easy to listen to for most people, but also with some extra spices and not just with a´capella vocals.   We are glad to also have a couple of our other great Opus 3 musicians on this album: Mattias Wager on organ, two of the members of Global Percussion Network, a couple of special vocal soloists, and one of Sweden's best key fiddle players!   This is of course an international album containing four English songs and one German classic.
- Jan-Eric Persson, Opus 3

  1. Nativity Carol 4´01
      (John Rutter)
      Organ: Mattias Wager
  2. Gabriel´s Message 2´56
      (Basque Carol arr. David Willcocks)
      Soprano solo: Christina Fridolfsson
  3. Gammal Julvisa
      (God´s Son is Born)
      (Trad. arr. Otto Olsson)
  4. Bereden väg för Herran /
      In dulci jubilo
      (Trad. from Boda, Sweden
      13th century /
      Wittenberg 1533)
      Keyfiddle: Daniel Pettersson
      Organ: Mattias Wager
      Percussion: Anders Åstrand
      and Daniel Saur
  5. O Magnum Mysterium
      (Morten Lauridsen) 6´00
  6. Den signade dag
      (The Blessed Day)
      (Trad. from Öjebyn, Sweden)
      Soprano solo: Maja Lundbäck
      Percussion: Anders Åstrand
      and Daniel Saur
  7. Det brinner en stjärna
      (A Star is Shining)
      (David Wikander)
  8. Betlehems stjärna
      (Star of Bethlehem)
      (Ivar Widéen)
  9. Det brinner en stjärna
      (A Star is Shining)
      (Otto Olsson)
      Organ: Mattias Wager
10. Jul, jul, strålande jul 2´52
      (Christmas, Radiant Christmas)
      (Gustaf Nordqvist)
11. Candlelight Carol
      (John Rutter) 4´26
      Organ: Mattias Wager
12. Christmas Cradle Song
      (Alfred Hollins) 3´15
      Organ solo: Mattias Wager
13. Det är en ros utsprungen 3´59
      (Lo, how a Rose e´er bloomimg)
      (Michael Praetorius /
      Jan Sandström)
      Solo quartet:
      Christina Fridolfsson,
      Kerstin Eriksson,
      Anders Kristoffersson,
      Ewerth Richardsson
14. Det är en ros utsprungen 0´57
      (Lo, how a Rose e´er blooming)
      (14th century/Cologne 1599)
      Soprano solo: Maja Lundbäck
      Keyfiddle: Daniel Pettersson
15. Förunderligt och märkligt 2´10
      (Strange it is to Say)
      (Carl Nielsen)
16. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen 2´36
      (Lo, how a Rose e´er blooming)
      (Hugo Distler,
      from Weihnachtsgeschichte, op.10)
17. Stilla Natt (Silent Night) 3´32
      (Franz Gruber
      arr. David Wikander)

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