Christmas Folkjul - a Swedish Folk Christmas
Gunnar Idenstam, St. Jacob's Chamber Choir, Gary Graden, Lisa Rydberg, Sofia Karlsson & Emma Härdelin
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Harkens back to the Winter Noel
One of those musical treasures that you find either buy luck or a lot of effort going after that mysterious sound of abiding peace from the Christian realm of yore.
Folk music meets high church
Each piece in this album is a treasure-- from the soft windswept beauty of Frid Pa Jord to the blaring sonorities heard in this incredible arrangement of Veni, veni Emmanuel. The soprano soloists sing with a folk-driven style and technique unique to this music and so different from the "classical" or "bel canto" style Western singers are used to hearing. The organist's playing is virtuosic and registrations are most exciting. The choir's purity of tone along with the acoustic vastness of this album makes for an album that you will put on repeat.
This album is a perfect mix between songs that could be sung to a child in a village home and those that could be performed to the glory of God in the greatest of cathedrals.