Magazine article Gramophone

Arnesen * Gjeilo * Kernis: 'Magnificat'

Magazine article Gramophone

Arnesen * Gjeilo * Kernis: 'Magnificat'

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Arnesen * Gjeilo * Kernis 'Magnificat' Arnesen Magnificat (a) Gjeilo Tundra (b). Song of the Universal (c) Kernis Musica celestis (d) (b) Else Bonesronning, (a) Lise Granden Berg, (a) Cecilie Ertzaas Overrein sops (a) Maria Naess, (bc) Ola Gjeilo pf (a) Magne H Draagen org Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir; Trondheim Soloists / Anita Brevik

2L [F] (2) [Blu-ray] 2L106SABD (68' * DDD/DSD * DTS-HD MA 192kHz/24 bit 5.1, Auro-3D 96kHz/24 bit 9.1 & LPCM 192kHz/24 bit stereo)

Although this disc was recorded in the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world (in Trondheim), there is nothing chilly about this warmly compassionate music, which positively glows with its soaring, beautifully arched melodic lines, sung by fresh female voices and accompanied by the dynamic playing of the Trondheim Soloists' strings. Pure Audio Blu-ray and Auro-3D encoding further enhance the sonic splendour of this recording, which was made in 2013-14 in Nidaros Cathedral.

Arnesen's setting of the Magnificat (commissioned in 2010 by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir) approaches the familiar text from Mary's viewpoint, emphasising her sense of wonderment, humility and devotion. …

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