Composer: Stale Kleiberg, Andrew Smith
Performer: Trygve Seim, Ståle Storløkken, Petra Bjørkhaug, Anita Brevik, Nidarosdomens jentekor, TrondheimSolistene
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: DXD, FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 352.8kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Lindberg Lyd AS, Norway (2L)
Size: 2.57 GB
Scan: yes (booklet PDF)
Nidarosdomens jentekor & TrondheimSolistene / Lux – 2019
01. Hymn to Love 00:14:35
02. Requiem; I. Introitus 00:06:48
03. Requiem; II. Precatio 00:02:44
04. Requiem; III. Kyrie 00:01:07
05. Requiem; IV. Plorans ploravit 00:05:36
06. Requiem; V. Hymnum canentes martyrum 00:08:08
07. Requiem; VI. Vox in Rama 00:06:24
08. Requiem; VII. Dominus pascit me 00:06:27
09. Requiem; VIII. Sanctus 00:02:57
10. Requiem; IX. In paradisum 00:06:12
11. The Light 00:09:41
Recording date: October 2017, January and May 2018
Location: Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir
Violins: Sigmund Tvete Vik, Daniel Turcina, Ola Lindseth, Nella Penjin, Liv Brox, Fride Bakken Johansen, Johannes Rusten, Oda Hilde, Tora Stølan Ness, Eirik Skogmo, Olivia Høilund-Carlsen Ruud, Elisabeth Uddu, Stina Andersson, Tora Stølan Ness, Kaja Rogers, Anders Larsen, Anna Adolfsson Vestad
Violas: Bergmund Skaslien, Lars Marius Hølås Bjørn Guo, Verona Rapp, Anne Våg Aaknes, Ragnar Heier Hovd
Cellos: Jaroslav Havel, Karoline Brevik, Lovisa Wangby, Cecilie Koch, Marit Aspås, Marianne Baudouin Lie
Double bass: Rolf Hof Baltzersen
Trygve Seim, saxophones
Ståle Storløkken, organ
Petra Bjørkhaug, organ
Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir was founded in 1992 and is based at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. The choir consists of the Girls’ Group (ages 10-13) and the Youth Group (ages 14-19), a total of 75 singers under the leadership of conductor and artistic director Anita Brevik. The choir has come to be recognized as one of the finest youth choral ensembles in Norway, and is noted for its sublime artistry and innovative programming. The choir is characterized by its high artistic standards as well as its considerable musical versatility, and has commissioned and premiered many works.
Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir has always maintained the highest artistic ambitions with a particular commitment to commissioning new music for upper voices. The choir collaborates regularly with professional musicians and artists, and enjoys a close relationship with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and The Trondheim Soloists. The choir has also collaborated with internationally renowned conductors including Andrew Parrott, Bob Chilcott, Stephen Layton, Edward Higginbottom, Grete Pedersen and Anton Armstrong. In 2002 they sang at the wedding of HRH Princess Märtha Louise and Ari Behn, and have performed for the King and Queen of Norway on several occasions. The choir has twice appeared in Christmas productions for American television in collaboration with St. Olaf Choir, USA. The programmes were recorded in Nidaros Cathedral and broadcast on PBS and NRK in 2005 and 2013. The 2013 production “Christmas in Norway with The St. Olaf Choir and the Nidarosdomens Jentekor” received two Emmy Awards.
In 2011 the choir held two concerts at the World Symposium on Choral Music at Puerto Madryn, Argentina, as one of 20 leading ensembles selected from all around the world. The choir performs regularly outside Trondheim, both in Norway and abroad. In 2010 the choir received the Trondheim kommunes kulturpris, an award for their contribution to the cultural life of the city, and in January 2018 they were recipients of the Liv Ullmann Award. Their album MAGNIFICAT was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album. LUX is the choir’s fifth recording.
Anita Brevik (b. 1964) is artistic director and conductor of Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir and has been involved in the choir’s work since the start in 1992. Her careful and systematic training with the girls’ voices has yielded outstanding results, and the choir’s warm and homogenous sound has become its trademark. Anita believes that the choir should provide a basis for both musical and personal growth; during a crucial period of their lives, the girls learn order, discipline, patience and the importance of being well prepared. And that each voice, each individual personality, is a unique part of the whole that constitutes the choir. In 2018 Anita Brevik received the King’s Medal of Merit for her work with Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir.
The Trondheim Soloists (Trondheimsolistene) from Norway is one of the most exciting young ensembles performing on the international stage.
February 2011. A group of classical musicians from Norway is back at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, sharing the red carpet with the greatest names in musical entertainment. They’re not from a powerhouse orchestra in Oslo or Bergen, but from a picturesque town hemmed in by mountains and a fjord. They’re the Trondheim Soloists, accepting their fifth Grammy nomination in three years.
It’s the latest in a long list of accolades. The ensemble’s spirit, diligence and innovation are paying off again – this pure, lithe, unpredictable and idiosyncratic group fast building a reputation for quality and originality.
It started in 1988. The ensemble for training young string players soon became known for its energy and warmth. On its first foreign tour, London audiences wouldn’t stop clapping. The Trondheim Soloists turned professional, but the spirit of apprenticeship stayed: student musicians became part of its constitution.
Major collaborations followed. Anne-Sophie Mutter sought-out the ensemble’s energy and verve. Leif Ove Andsnes tapped into its smoothness and sensitivity. Folk and rock artists discovered its versatility and openness.
Trondheim, though, always shines through. They call it ‘the city with a heart’. And that’s precisely what you hear in the unmistakable Trondheim sound.
Acquiring life skills during a challenging, fragile phase of life — learning to belong, to feel seen and included, learning to build friendships — all of this lies at the core of the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir’s mission.
The Requiem in Andrew Smith’s version, commissioned by the choir and its conductor Anita Brevik, is loosely based on the Roman Catholic mass for the dead. Several of the texts of the traditional Requiem Mass have been replaced, however, with biblical references to the tragic fate of children, reflecting the all-too-frequent conflicts of today in which the young are innocent victims. The musical material in the Requiem takes its inspiration from Gregorian chant. Melodic fragments of the ancient requiem mass can be heard in the background. Trygve Seim’s improvising saxophone makes up an integral part of the whole, yet lives a life of its own in close companionship with the singers and Ståle Storløkken on organ.
The palette is expanded with the glorious strings of TrondheimSolistene in Ståle Kleiberg’s Hymn to Love and The Light (with Petra Bjørkhaug, organ). These works add dimensions of faith, hope and love. And light too, when all seems dark. In life there are moments to treasure, and challenges to overcome. In the words of Helge Torvund: The light you need exists.
LUX is the conceptual sequel to MAGNIFICAT (nominated Best Surround Sound Album to the 58th GRAMMY Awards)