Works by Karin Rehnqvist – CD premiere
Light of Light
for children's choir and symphony orchestra
Quem chama? Who's that calling?
happening for a concert hall, two sopranos and instrumental ensemble
Salve Regina – Heavenly Queen
for mixed choir and chamber ensemble
Music for a sleeper
for baritone, clarinet, 2 violins and tympani
Rescue me from the Mire
for soprano and alto saxophone
To the Angel with the Fiery Hands
for oboe and mixed choir
for high soprano, mixed choir and symphony orchestra
Light of Light »
Adolf Fredrik Girls' Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, cond.
Quem chama? Who's that calling? »
Marie Axelsson, Johanna Bölja Hertzberg, Remix Ensemble, Frank Ollu, cond.
Music for a sleeper »
Olle Persson, baritone, Per Johansson, clarinet, Christiano Gualco o Paolo Andreoli, violin, Bo Håkansson, tympani
350 performing musicians
Booklet: 36 pages with programme notes, lyrics, photos and biographies
In “Light of light” by Karin Rehnqvist, a piece for children’s voices and symphony orchestra, a completely unique glow arises when the harmonies of the children’s choir merge with those of the orchestra. And there is also heat, for instance when the trumpets come in and the music takes shape as a bright cry from the Book of Proverbs: “You who are simple, gain prudence; You who are foolish, gain understanding.” In the vocal works collected on this live disc the cry is central: as a lament, a herding call or a shout for help.
These cries may be focused inward or outward. For instance, in “Quem chama?” recorded at the Casa di Musica in Porto, Portugal, where the music seems to be standing on tiptoe so that the heartrending herding calls and the unanswered question underpinning them (‘Who’s that calling?’) will make itself heard right out across the Atlantic Ocean. Or in the gentler, more rocking cry in “Salve Regina” for chamber choir (recorded in Amsterdam), in which humanity, sighing, grieving and in exile, pleads for the salvation of the world.
From Torekov church a solo baritone voice cries out across the Kategatt to the throbbing percussion accompaniment of “Music for a Sleeper”. Here the music shouts out to awaken us to an insight about the way in which the universe resounds in each of us with a magnificent “Awake!” that also opens Karin Rehnqvist’s shockingly beautiful “Hymn”, recorded in Storkyrkan, the Stockholm cathedral, and composed for the wedding of Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling, in which the narrator is dawn itself, in all its radiance.
Best tracks: “Light of light,” “To the Angel with the Fiery Hands” and “Hymn”.
– Martin Nyström, Dagens Nyheter
“Shockingly beautiful vocal piece”
Adolf Fredrik Girls’ Choir, Bo Johansson, choir master | Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra | Manfred Honeck, conductor | Marie Axelsson, Johanna Bölja Hertzberg, voices | Remix Ensemble | Franck Ollu, conductor | Nederlands Kamerkoor | Nieuw Ensemble | Ed Spanjaard, conductor | Olle Persson, baritone | Per Johansson, clarinet | Cristiano Gualco and Paolo Andreoli, violin | Bo Håkansson, tympani | Lotta Tejle | Thérèse Brunnander | Swedish Chamber Choir | Simon Phipps, conductor | Geoffrey Cox, oboe | Either/Or | Ulrika Bodén, voice | Geoff Landman, alto saxophone | Stockholm Cathedral Choir | Gustaf Sjökvist’s Chamber Choir | Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra | Jeanette Köhn, soprano | Gustaf Sjökvist, conductor