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Hymn to the Virgin - Schola Cantorum

Hymn to the Virgin - Schola Cantorum

2L  2L-095-SABD (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal


Hymn to the Virgin

Schola Cantorum


Thomas Aquinas writes in the Summa Theologica: "Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound." The quotation most aptly describes the repertoire on the Norwegian chamber choir Schola Cantorum's recording of hymns to Mary, the Mother of God, in which tranquillity, eternity and ‘bursting forth into sound’ are encountered in many different guises.

The composers represented here have often chosen to allow their music to evolve in stable structures and remain within static harmonic spaces even when the music becomes expressive and dramatic: Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Duruflé, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Martin Ødegaard, Kjell Mørk Karlsen, Anton Bruckner, Sergei Rachmaninov, Arvo Pärt, Ola Gjeilo, Andrew Smith and Trond Kverno.

Throughout its existence the chamber choir Schola Cantorum has had high ambitions. The choir has built up an international reputation and has made it a trademark to include newly written music in its programmes. This is thanks to the work of Knut Nystedt (1915–), organist, composer and conductor, who returned to Norway in 1964 after studying in the USA and started a choir at the music department of the University of Oslo. The choir continues to recruit members from the department of music, as well as from the Norwegian Academy of Music in more recent years.

Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl trained as a singer and pianist and specialized in the Kodaly method in Hungary before taking her diploma exam in choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has directed Schola Cantorum since 2002.

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DXD recording

Recorded at Gamle Aker Church, Norway, January/March/October 2011 by Lindberg Lyd AS
Original source: DXD 24bit/352.8kHz
Resolutions (2)
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  • 2.0 LPCM 24bit/192kHz
  • 5.0 DTS HD MA 24bit/192kHz
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1 Benjamin Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin
2 Francis Poulenc: Salve Regina
3 Maurice Duruflé: Ubi caritas
4 Eric Whitacre: Lux aurumque
5 Morten Lauridsen: O nata lux
6 Martin Ødegaard: Komm
7 Kjell Mørk Karlsen: O Magnum Mysterium
8 Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria
9 Sergei Rachmaninov: Bogoróditse Dévo
10 Arvo Pärt: Bogoróditse Dévo
11 Ola Gjeilo: Tota pulchra es
12 Andrew Smith: Pulchra es tu Maria
13 Andrew Smith: Stabat Mater
14 Trond Kverno: Stabat Mater Dolorosa
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