Schola Cantorum

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Nominated for the 56th GRAMMY Awards as Best Engineered Album 2013

Thomas Aquinas writes in the Summa Theologica: "Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound." The quotation most aptly describes the repertoire on the Norwegian chamber choir Schola Cantorum's recording of hymns to Mary, the Mother of God, in which tranquillity, eternity and ‘bursting forth into sound’ are encountered in many different guises. The composers represented here have often chosen to allow their music to evolve in stable structures and remain within static harmonic spaces even when the music becomes expressive and dramatic: Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Duruflé, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Martin Ødegaard, Kjell Mørk Karlsen, Anton Bruckner, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arvo Pärt, Ola Gjeilo, Andrew Smith and Trond Kverno.

Throughout its existence the chamber choir Schola Cantorum has had high ambitions. The choir has built up an international reputation and has made it a trademark to include newly written music in its programmes. This is thanks to the work of Knut Nystedt (1915–), organist, composer and conductor, who returned to Norway in 1964 after studying in the USA and started a choir at the music department of the University of Oslo. The choir continues to recruit members from the department of music, as well as from the Norwegian Academy of Music in more recent years.

Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl trained as a singer and pianist and specialized in the Kodaly method in Hungary before taking her diploma exam in choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has directed Schola Cantorum since 2002.

5.0 SURROUND + STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway
Bonus content included for FREE with purchase of complete release:  Booklet (PDF)
1. Benjamin Britten: A Hymn to the Virgin 00:03:21 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Benjamin Britten
Performers Schola Cantorum | Mathilde Salmi Marjavara | Åste Jensen Sjøvaag | Eivind Michael Skretting | Eivind Støylen
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
2. Francis Poulenc: Salve Regina 00:04:23 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Francis Poulenc
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
3. Maurice Duruflé: Ubi caritas 00:02:26 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Maurice Duruflé
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
4. Eric Whitacre: Lux aurumque 00:03:48 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Eric Whitacre
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
5. Morten Lauridsen: O nata lux 00:04:09 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Morten Lauridsen
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
6. Martin Ødegaard: Komm 00:10:04 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Martin Ødegaard
Performers Schola Cantorum | Åste Jensen Sjøvaag | Ingrid Stige | Ludvik Kjærnes | Magnus Dorholt Kjeldal
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
7. Kjell Mørk Karlsen: O Magnum Mysterium 00:05:52 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Kjell Mørk Karlsen
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
8. Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria 00:03:19 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Anton Bruckner
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
9. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Bogoróditse Dévo 00:02:49 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
10. Arvo Pärt: Bogoróditse Dévo 00:01:14 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Arvo Pärt
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
11. Ola Gjeilo: Tota pulchra es 00:06:27 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Ola Gjeilo
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
12. Andrew Smith: Pulchra es tu Maria 00:02:01 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Andrew Smith
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
13. Andrew Smith: Stabat Mater 00:05:05 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Andrew Smith
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS
14. Trond Kverno: Stabat Mater Dolorosa 00:07:17 2.30 USD
Main artist Schola Cantorum
Composer Trond Kverno
Performers Schola Cantorum
Conductors Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl
Producers Morten Lindberg | Lindberg Lyd AS