Himmelborgen (2019)

Trond Hans Farner Kverno, Hans Thomissan, Christopher Ernst Frederik Weyse, Bjarn Morten Christophersen, Egil Hovland, Thomas John Williams, Henrik Adegaard, Norsk folketone fra Heddal, Kare Nordstoga, Elisabeth Holte, Gregorian, Oddmund Avik, Columbian Harmony, Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Hans Leo Hassler, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Christian Sinding, Eyvind Alnas, Charles Henry Purday, Marcus Paus, Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Kare Nordstoga, Elisabeth Holte

Elisabeth Holte

For centuries, hymns have transported people through grief, joy, faith and doubt, in everyday life and in times of celebration. The rich treasury of words and music in our hymn book seeks to preserve and renew tradition. It is a tradition that is far from static, evolving through new interpretations by composers, poets and performers of today. On this recording the three composers Marcus Paus, Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen and Morten Christophersen contribute new works based on old hymns. It is here that the hymn tradition reveals its strength, and old words are discovered anew through new arrangements and compositions. 

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Uranienborg Vokalensemble

Uranienborg Vokalensemble is a choir based at Uranienborg church in Oslo. Part of the choir’s duties involve regular participation in the Sunday services, through which they have come to know and love the rich repertoire of hymns. Hymns for each service are carefully chosen to reflect the readings; the hymn tunes are chosen to complement the music – liturgical and otherwise – for each specific occasion. When these ambitions succeed, the service takes on a power of its own, because the music and the words communicate with one another. A hymn is a unification of two art forms – a poem and a musical composition.

A hymn unites its message with our life experience and takes us to the outer boundaries of our lives – from cradle to grave. Throughout the centuries, hymns have had a special place in people’s lives. Words and music have been created over the space of centuries by people with different approaches to faith. If we search and listen we might discover new paths inwards to places of consolation and encouragement.

Hymns are bearers of a rich cultural heritage; we have found that giving young composers the opportunity to recast the old words and tunes in a new mould allows us to rediscover their meaning. For this recording, composers Morten Christophersen, Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen and Marcus Paus have each written a new piece based on a hymn of their choice from the Norwegian hymnbook of 2013. This recording is a sequel to our first collection of hymns Himmelrand from 2016.

Uranienborg in central Oslo takes its place name from the Danish scientist and astronomer Tycho Brahe. The name comes from the Greek uranos meaning “heaven”, which is also the name of one of the planets in our solar system. Five hundred years ago Tycho Brahe sat in his observatory – called Uranienborg / Himmelborgen – on the island of Ven outside Copenhagen and studied the night sky. In Oslo, or Kristiania as the city was called 150 years ago, the city limits lay where the royal palace is, and Uranienborg was rural and dark. It is said that people would wander from the town up to the hill behind the palace to look at the stars. At Uranienborg church we have made this our mission: to erect a heavenly vault over our lives, nurturing the arts through tradition and innovation.

photo: from booklet 2L149

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Himmelborgen (2019)

Trond Hans Farner Kverno, Hans Thomissan, Christopher Ernst Frederik Weyse, Bjarn Morten Christophersen, Egil Hovland, Thomas John Williams, Henrik Adegaard, Norsk folketone fra Heddal, Kare Nordstoga, Elisabeth Holte, Gregorian, Oddmund Avik, Columbian Harmony, Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Hans Leo Hassler, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Christian Sinding, Eyvind Alnas, Charles Henry Purday, Marcus Paus, Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Kare Nordstoga, Elisabeth Holte

Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Microphones: DPA
Producer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Location: Uranienborg Church, Norway May and June 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Technician: Beatrice Johannessen
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Guds kirkes grunnvoll ene (NoS 532)
Samuel Sebastian Wesley
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Vreidedagen, han skal renna (NoS 505)
Marcus Paus
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Lei, milde ljos (NoS 858)
Charles Henry Purday,Trond Hans Farner Kverno
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Jesus, det eneste (NoS 422a)
Christian Sinding,Eyvind Alnas
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O hode, hoyt forhanet (organ solo, Bach)
Hans Leo Hassler,Johann Sebastian Bach
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O hode, hoyt forhanet (NoS 166)
Hans Leo Hassler,Johann Sebastian Bach
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O hode, hoyt forhanet (organ solo, Brahms)
Hans Leo Hassler,Johannes Brahms
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And when this flesh and heart shall fail (NoS 342)
Columbian Harmony,Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen
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I dine hender, Herre Gud (NoS 941)
Gregorian,Oddmund Avik
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Nar mitt oye, trett av moye (organ improvisation)
Norsk folketone fra Heddal,Kare Nordstoga
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Nar mitt oye, trett av moye (NoS 884)
Norsk folketone fra Heddal,Elisabeth Holte
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A, for djup i Jesu kjaerleik (NoS 703)
Thomas John Williams,Henrik Adegaard
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Slik som min Fader sendte meg (NoS 991)
Egil Hovland
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Hans Thomissan,Christopher Ernst Frederik Weyse,Bjarn Morten Christophersen
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Vi skal se deg, Herre Jesus (NoS 102)
Trond Hans Farner Kverno
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