Århus Pigekor: Det Kimer Nu Til Julefest

Martin Luther (1483-1586) var ved at forberede den traditionelle julefest, da han besluttede at skrive i Salme for hans børn, at blive sunget i løbet af festlighederne. Den salme, han skrev, var "Vom Himmel Hoch", og året menes at være 1535. Sangen snart rejste over grænsen til Danmark, hvor Hans Tausen (1494-1561) skrev den første…

Stenhammar – September (Alle de voksende skygger)

Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927) was born into an upper-class Swedish family of artists.  As a child Stenhammar began to compose and to play the piano  and he, his siblings, and their friends formed a vocal group. He never received much formal training and never attended a conservatory but some of his early compositions such as the…

Hendriksholm Kirkes Kor: Bruno Bettinelli – Ave Maria

«Hendriksholm Kirkes Kor» (Hendriksholm Church Choir) are a Danish prize-winning mixed chamber choir of 30 young singers, 12 of whom do duty as the church choir singing at church services on Sundays and public holidays in Hendriksholm church in Rødovre a suburb of Copenhagen. Their repertoire consists mostly of church music  ranging from the Renaissance…

Søllerød Kirkes Pigekor – Laudi alla Vergine Maria

The Danish girls choir Søllerød Kirkes Pigekor (Søllerød Girls Choir), were awarded a gold diploma at the Musica Mundi International Choir Competition held in Budapest, April 2009. In this music video from that competion they demonstrate why the judges awarded them that prize. The piece they’re singing is Verdi’s setting of "Laudi alla Vergine Maria"…

Nielsen: Lær mig nattens stjerne

When I first came to Denmark one of my greatest pleasures was learning about Carl Nielsen’s music. Nielsen (1865-1931) is undoubtedly the Danish composer who had the deepest influence on 20th century Danish musical life. Mention his name here and people immediately think of his symphonies, concertos and chamber music to say nothing of his…

Sommersalme : Århus Pigekor

Århus Pigekor (Århus Girls Choir) conducted by Helle Høyer Mogensen singing Waldemar Åhlén’s Sommarpsalmen (Sommersalme in Danish) in Cordoba, Argentina. This performance is from their 2008 tour and was given in Córdoba Cathedral, Argentina.I’ve put Åhlén’s lyrics and an English translation below the video. Enjoy :-). markfromireland

Saturday Chorale: Thomas Tallis “If Ye Love Me”

For this week’s posting I’ve linked to two videos with different interpretations of Tallis’ (born 1505 died 1585) "If you love me" the first by the Cambridge Singers the second by the Danish choir, The Århus Baroque Choir. I promise you it’s well worth your while listening to both. The lyrics are Tallis’ setting of…