Stjerneklang - Sinikka Langeland and Andreas Liebig
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Sinikka Langeland and Andreas Liebig
Stjerneklang (Heilo)

Sinikka Langeland sings folk songs and improvises with Andreas Liebig, who performs on the historic Wagner-organ (built in 1741) in Nidaros Cathedral, in Trondhjem, Norway. They present Bach's organ chorales for Christmas in a unique and passionate way. The program is a mix of vocal and organ solos and duets. Sinikka sings traditional folk songs and Bach works, as well as improvisations on the themes from the Bach works.

The tracks:
(*Variation by Sinikka Langeland)
  • 1 KOM, DU FOLKE-FRELSER SAND organ BWV 659 5:52
  • 2 Vers 1-4 after Sondre Bratland, Telemark 2:05
  • 3 organ BWV 660 2:38
  • 4 Vers 5* and organ BWV 599 1:45
  • 5 organ BWV 661 2:55
  • 6 DEN GAMLE KYRJA after Marit Holmen, Tynset 3:13
  • 7 GOTTES SOHN IST KOMMEN organ BWV 600 1:13
  • 8 GUD FADERS SØN ENBAARNE* 0:50
  • 9 organl BWV 601 1:22
  • 10 Vers 2* and organ BWV 601 1:22
  • 11 LOB SEŸ DEM ALLMÄCHTIGEN GOTT organ BWV 602 0:54
  • 12 ET BARN ER FØDT I BETLEHEM Vers 1 after Kingo 0:52
  • 13 organ BWV 603 1:08
  • 14 Vers 2-4 after Sondre Bratland, Telemark, Vers 5 after Kingo 2:28
  • 15 Vers 6* and organ BWV 603 1:07
  • 16 DU VÆRE LOVET, JESU KRIST 1:33
  • Vers 1 after Kingo, Vers 2 after Andris Vang, Valdres
  • 17 organ BWV 604 1:58
  • 18 Vers 3* 0:47
  • 19 ET LIDET BARN SAA LYSTELIG organ BWV 605 1:32
  • 20 Vers 1 after Arve Moen Bergset, Telemark 0:57
  • 21 VOM HIMMEL HOCH, DA KOMM ICH HER organ BWV 606 0:42
  • 22 ÆRE VÆRE GUD* after Oline Maliberget, Hof Finnskog 1:08
  • 23 VOM HIMMEL KAM DER ENGEL SCHAAR organ BWV 607 1:03
  • 24 JEG SYNGER JULEKVAD Vers 1-2 after A. Skjeppestad, Nord-Odal 1:46
  • 25 organ BWV 608 1:13
  • 26 OP ALLE, SOM PAA JORDEN BOR* 0:38
  • 27 organ BWV 609 0:50
  • 28 JESU, DU MIN GLÆDE* 1:12
  • 29 organ BWV 610 3:15
  • 30 SAA LANGT SOM HIMLENS HVELVING NAAR* 3:01
  • 31 organ BWV 611 2:33
  • 32 Vers 1* 0:44
  • 33 WIR CHRISTEN LEÜT organ BWV 612 1:58
  • 34 FRA HIMLEN HÖIT JEG KOMMER HER 0:31
  • 35 organ BWV 769 Var. I 1:28
  • 36 Vers 2 0:31
  • 37 organ BWV 769 Var. II 1:39
  • 38 Vers 3 after Morten Lunde, Trøndelag 0:31
  • 39 organ BWV 769 Var. III 2:39
  • 40 Vers 4 after Ole Tobias Olsen, Nordland 0:26
  • 41 organ BWV 769 Var. IV 3:19
  • 42 Vers 5 0:31
  • 43 organ BWV 769 Var. V 3:19
The artists say:
Norwegian folk tunes and vocal improvisation in a breathtaking and dynamic crossover with Bach's organ chorales for Christmas

Sinikka Langeland (www.sinikka.no) and Andreas Liebig recorded the Christmas concert Stjerneklang at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim - one of the most important pilgrimage goals in Europe since the Middelages. Also the old Christmas hymns like e.g. Puer natus, In dulci jubilo and Vom Himmel hoch have migrated throughout Europe for over a thousand years and become a part of Norwegian folk tradition.

In this program that received outstanding reviews Sinikka Langeland sings variations on Norwegian folk melodies that are based on the same melodies used by J. S. Bach as a source of his Christmas chorales. Andreas Liebig plays the Cathedral's magnificent Wagner organ, built in 1741. This is the first time that Christmas chorales from Orgelbüchlein, Leipziger Choräle and Canonic variations have been recorded in their entirety on this masterpiece of Baroque organ artistry.

Stjerneklang invites the listener to accompany the musicians on a musical journey to the Star of Bethlehem, where the distance between St. Thomas's Church and the Norwegian stave church is shorter than one may think…

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