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cd cover Folkjul - A Swedish Folk Christmas (BIS)

In Sweden the unbroken tradition of folk music has influenced both liturgical and classical music and musicians. Gunnar Idenstam, concert organist has created a program which combines traditional Christmas hymns, folk music and the sonic possibilities of a great church organ, in his own original arrangements. Idenstam is joined by folk fiddler (and baroque violinist) Lisa Rydberg as well as Sofia Karlsson and Emma Härdelin, two of Sweden's most distinctive voices in the traditions of folk music and ballads. A key role is also played by S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir,. Led by its choral director, Gary Graden, the choir has constantly extended its repertoire and forms of expression, exploring the realms of avant-garde music, jazz and, as here, folk music. The program (sung in Swedish) includes international favorites (Silent Night and Veni, veni Emanuel), Swedish traditional versions from the rich stock of the Lutheran hymn book (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen) and Swedish folk tunes and newly written material in the same vein. The resulting disc demonstrates a vital interplay between 'folk culture' and 'high culture', and gives a fresh breath of life to familiar materials, presenting an entirely new view of Christmas. The disc comes in a double-folded digipak with full color booklet including liner notes and song texts in Swedish and English.

   

Listen:
Bereden vag For Herren (Prepare the way for Him)
Et barn ar fott (a child is born)
Glad dig du Kristi brud (Bride of Christ, rejoice)
Stilla natt

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