Nordic Sounds 2 | Channel Classics CCSSA32812

Nordic Sounds 2


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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCSSA32812

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th September 2012



The CD features arrangements by Jan Sandström of improvised folk songs of the Sami people, whose singing is among the earliest continuing vocal traditions of Europe, as well as recent works like the sixteen-part Kosijat by one of the best-known contemporary composers in Finland, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.

The final piece on the CD, Muoayiayaoum, is a phonetic formula, a sequence of vowels which open and close. This is the purpose of the twelve-minute piece, as the composer Anders Hillborg ventures in search of the greatest possible precision in terms of timbre, pulse and dynamics.

The level of vocal virtuosity that Peter Dijkstra elicits from his singers of the Swedish Radio Choir collectively is breathtaking, and his CD ‘Nordic Sounds 1’, with music of Sandström, as well as his most recent Poulenc recording ‘Figure Humaine’, received great critical acclaim and important awards!

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