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Resonanser: Swedish Choral Music – New Perspectives

Allmänna Sången, Anders Widmark

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1
Biegga louthe (Song to the Mountain Wind)
Jan Sandstrom; Erik Åstedt; Allmänna Sången; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
4:40
2
Ljusfalten (Fields of light)
Karin Rehnqvist; Allmänna Sången; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
1:31
3
I Himmelen (In Heaven's Hall)
Karin Rehnqvist; Rebecka Ohm; Annie von Heijne; Allmänna Sången; Anders Widmark; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
5:46
4
Glaspolskan
Ale Moller; Allmänna Sången; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
2:52
5
Slangpolska efter Byss-Kalle
Traditional; Hans Gardemar; Allmänna Sången; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
3:26
3 Körvisor  
6
No. 1. September, "Alle de voksende Skygger"
Wilhelm Stenhammar; Allmänna Sången; Anders Widmark; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
4:46
7
No. 2. I seraillets have (In the Seraglio Garden)
Wilhelm Stenhammar; Allmänna Sången; Anders Widmark; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
3:11
8
No. 3. Havde jeg, o havde jeg en datterson, o ja! (If Only I Had a Grandson, Oh!)
Wilhelm Stenhammar; Allmänna Sången; Anders Widmark; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
2:48
9
Kung Liljekonvalje (King Lily of the Valley)
David Wikander; Allmänna Sången; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
3:26
10
Slattervisa efter Knis Karl
Traditional; Staffan Lindberg; Per Wickström; Allmänna Sången; Anders Widmark; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
4:21
11
En midsommarnattsdrom (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Anders Hillborg; Allmänna Sången; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
5:13
12
Under ronn och syren
Herman Palm; Anders Widmark; Anders Widmark; Allmänna Sången; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
3:08
13
Aftonen (Evenings)
Hugo Alfvén; Allmänna Sången; Anders Widmark; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
4:03
14
Med en barnbon pa sin mun (With a Child's Prayer on his Lips)
Adolf Fredrik Lindblad; Allmänna Sången; Anders Widmark; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
3:31
15
Brollopsvisa (Wedding Song)
Lena Willemark; Traditional; Allmänna Sången; Cecilia Rydinger Alin
1:50
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    54:32
The Swedish choral tradition enjoys a very high reputation, with music lovers often claiming to be able to recognize a uniquely Swedish choral sound. Exactly what this sound consists of is difficult to pinpoint, but often mentioned are keywords such as melancholy, the Scandinavian countryside, folk music and traditional ballads. The selection of works on this album exemplifies all of these, and the performance of them has been entrusted to one of the choirs that have shaped Swedish choral music: Allmänna Sången, an Uppsala student choir with a history going back for more than 175 years. The choir’s position in Swedish cultural life was demonstrated in 2005 by an invitation to sing at the Nobel Banquet. That performance was televised throughout the world, and in fact included three of the works on this album - Biegga Luothe, Glaspolskan and Byss-Kalles slängpolska.

Great traditions notwithstanding, this album offers a new perspective on its subject, as the choir brings out new resonances in the often well-known music. A collaboration with Swedish jazz pianist Anders Widmark lends unusual colours to settings of ancient folk chorales (I Himmelen) and traditional harvest songs (Slåttervisa), as well as to classics from the treasure of Swedish choral music such as Stenhammar’s Three Choral Songs and Alfvén’s Evening (‘Aftonen’). Both Allmänna Sången and Anders Widmark have made a number of successful recordings, and now that they join forces for the first time, it is an occasion not to be missed.
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