Magnificat

Nidarosdomens jentekor, TrondheimSolistene

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Original Recording Format: DXD

The Magnificat is the Virgin Mary’s song of praise to God after one of the Bible’s greatest wonders: the angel Gabriel visiting her with the message that she is to be the mother of God’s son. In his setting Kim André Arnesen expresses the feelings Mary must have felt: wonder, devotion, gratitude, joy, humility, hope, and compassion.

God’s selection of an unknown woman living in poverty to be the mother of His son is a bottom-up view of the world if ever there was one – and Arnesen sees the Magnificat as offering support and hope for all people struggling against adversity or in need of strength. Musica Celestis portrays the ceaseless praising of God by angels in heaven.

Aaron Jay Kernis builds his work around a fairly simple melody which he remolds in a series of variations. The intensely beautiful and mostly barren Hardangervidda mountain plateau inspired Ola Gjeilo to write Tundra, while his Song of the Universal expresses unabashed optimism, exuberance, and poet Walt Whitman’s unwavering confidence in our deeper humanity – all through the prism of a big, warm, beating heart.

Magnificat is one of 2L’s Best-Selling albums of the entire catalog! Along with the album Quiet Winter Night.

Tracklist

1.
Arnesen - MAGNIFICAT 1. Magnificat anima mea
06:03
2.
Arnesen - MAGNIFICAT 2. Ecce enim
06:00
3.
Arnesen - MAGNIFICAT 3. Quia fecit
05:48
4.
Arnesen - MAGNIFICAT 4. Et misericordia
04:55
5.
Arnesen - MAGNIFICAT 5. Fecit potentiam
06:22
6.
Arnesen - MAGNIFICAT 6. Suscepit Israel
04:02
7.
Arnesen - MAGNIFICAT 7. Gloria Patri
07:40
8.
Kernis - Musica Celestis
12:06
9.
Gjeilo - Tundra
03:47
10.
Gjeilo - Song of the Universal
11:11

Total time: 01:07:54

Additional information

Artists

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Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Conductors

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Original Recording Format

Amplifiers

Millennia Media

Digital Converters

Syphnx 2 and Horus, Merging Technologies

Composers

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Mastering Engineer

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Financial Support

Arts Council Norway and Torstein Erbos Gavefond

Microphones

DPA Microphones

Producer

Morten Lindberg

Recording Engineer

Morten Lindberg

Recording Location

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Normay in May 2013, January 2014, and May 2014

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Technician

Beatrice Johannessen

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

SKU

2L106

Release Date April 4, 2019
SKU 2L106

Press reviews

NativeDSD – 2019 Album of the Year – Classical Vocal & Audience Award

Contemporary choral music composed by composers who are all not only alive but surprisingly young? Contemporary music which is not only rich in melody but deceptively simple?

This is a superb album by Nidarosdomens Jentekor girls choir, the Trondheim Solistene Chamber Orchestra, and vocal and instrumental soloists all under the direction of Anita Brevik. My reaction to this music is the same I felt the very first time I heard Maurice Durufle’s magnicent Requiem more than 50 years ago.

Listening to the Magnicat by Kim Andre Arnesen, Musica Celestis by Aaron Jay Kernis, and Tundra and Song of the Universal by Ola Gjelio with the mixture of girls choir and adult sopranos is totally uplifting. 2L’s recording is magnificent.”

Positive Feedback

I am listening to the Double DSD version of Magnificat while I am writing these notes to you. The second track, “Ecce enim,” is simply floating in the air…three-dimensionally…transforming my desktop space into a sound field like unto a church space…which is where it was recorded…an echoing realm of angels and humans singing glory, glory. Right here. Right now.

I don’t quite know how Morten Lindberg and friends have done it, though their technical notes in the booklet are, as usual, wonderfully thorough…but this recording in Double DSD is a contemplative experience of the very highest order, stunning both spirit and soul with a sweetness and pleasure that reminds me why I love the possibilities of the audio arts so passionately. 2L’s Magnificat is a true garden of delight for lovers of great music, one that I will return to again and again in the future, I know.

Truly transformational art: I can pay no higher tribute to a recording than this.

It has my very highest recommendation.

Audiophile Audition

As indicated, the music is first rate and the sound exceptionally resonant and deep, actually as good as you are going to hear on a SACD [DSD download]. Do something for your spirit and get this.

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