Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): Ave Maris Stella

Grieg composed his setting of the Vespers hymn to Mary Ave Maris Stella (Hail Star of the Sea) in December of 1898. The first setting that he wrote was as a solo song for his cousin the soprano Nina Hagerup but at some time during the following year he changed his mind and rewrote it…

Alleluia (Exsultate, jubilate) – Aksel Rykkvin (boy soprano) – Stephen Hicks (piano) – Sept. 2015

Treble Aksel Johannes Skramstad Rykkvin sings "Alleluia" from "Exsultate, jubilate" (W.A.Mozart) during the opening concert of Røros Organ Festival 2015. Accompanist: festival director and cantor Stephen Hicks. Sept. 21th, 2015, Røros Church. http://www.ajsrykkvin.no Aksel is a boy soloist with the Children’s Chorus of the Norwegian National Opera ("Barnekoret ved Den Norske Opera & Ballett") and…

Fartein Valen (1887–1952): Psalm 121

The son of a missionary Valen was born in  Stavanger in 1887, he received his first musical education in between 1907 and 1909 in Kristiania (Oslo) under Elling and then at the Berlin Conservatory (1909–1911) under Bruch.  He returned to Norway in 1916 settling in Valevåg in his native Hardaland. He moved to Oslo in…

Nidarosdomens Guttekor : Pie Jesu

This weeks "Saturday chorale" is a performance of a modern piece by a Norwegian choir. There are lots excellent Scandinavian choirs with a long history of musical excellence and the Nidarosdomens Guttekor (Nidaros Cathedral Boys Choir) is a good example of this. Their name "Nidarosdomens Guttekor" translates  as "Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir",  "Nidaros" is the…