Folkjul II - A Swedish Folk Christmas (S:t Jacobs Kammarkör) (CD)

The concept stem from a rich interplay between ‘folk culture’ and ‘high culture’ and in Idenstam’s arrangements a newly composed halling or polska entwines itself round the old Christmas melodies.
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Produktnr.BIS2334
ForlagBIS
GenreKlassisk
Udgivelsesår2018
Well into the previous century Sweden was largely a peasant society with folk music an integral part of daily life. There were work songs, narrative ballads and, obviously, music for dancing. Over the centuries a not always easy coexistence between religion and folk culture developed, with hymns being adapted to a folkmusic aesthetic while popular traditions were given a Christian veneer. An example of the latter is the rich store of ‘Staffan ballads’, springing from a pre-Christian horse cult but given a new slant as its focus shifted to St. Stephen – the first Christian martyr. Gunnar Idenstam and S:t Jacobs Chamber Choir have performed their Folkjul concerts more or less every year since 2002. The concept stem from a rich interplay between ‘folk culture’ and ‘high culture’ and in Idenstam’s arrangements a newly composed halling or polska entwines itself round the old Christmas melodies. The first Folkjul album was released in 2007 – this time the choir and Idenstam are joined by violinist Sandra Marteleur and Ulrika Bodén, one of Sweden’s most well-established folk singers.

TRACKLIST:
1 Från himmelen kom ängeln Gabriel (Gabriel's Message)
2 Var hälsad sköna morgonstund (All Hail to Thee, O
3 In dulci jubilo
4 Tiggarvisa från Malung (Begging Song from Malung)
5 Polska av Viktor Gabrielsson (Polska by Viktor Gab)
6 Nu sjunga Guds änglar (God’s Angels Now Sing)
7 En gangar till kaffet (A Gangar with Your Coffee)
8 Det lyser en stjärna (A Star Shines Bright)
9 Nu tändas tusen juleljus (A Thousand Candles are N
10 Christines polska (A Polska for Christine)
11 Staffansvisa / Musette (Staffan Ballad / Musette)
12 Staffan Halling II
13 En stjärna gick på himlen fram (A Star Passed Acro
14 Allt vid den ljusa stjärnan (Upon the Bright Star)
15 Julottan (Christmas Morning)
16 Från himlens höjd (From Heaven Above)