Sinikka Langeland and Andreas Liebig
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.
(*Variation by Sinikka Langeland)
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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