Historia Sancti Olavi

Consortium Vocale, Graces, Voices

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On 29 July 1030 at Stiklestad near Nidaros, the modern city of Trondheim in central Norway, the Norwegian king Olaf Haraldsson lost a battle against local supporters of the Danish king Canute the Great (d. 1035) and was killed in action. But if Olaf did not earn military glory on earth that day, his name was destined to be adorned with far more durable fame: sainthood. 

Only slightly more than one year after the battle, on 3 August 1031, Olaf’s remains were transferred to the altar of the church of St Clement in Nidaros. Thereby the slain king was officially declared a saint, a martyr. Subsequently, Olaf became the patron saint of the bishopric and of all Norway – until today.

From the installation of the cult of Olaf in 1031 onwards, the clergy of Nidaros had to perform texts and chants as a regular part of the feast of Olaf on 29 July. This included the celebration of Holy Mass and a cycle of canonical hours, also called “Divine Office” (or short “office”). 

On an important feast such as that of St Olaf, this cycle included First Vespers (on the evening before the feast), Matins (during the night), Lauds (in the early morning hours), Second Vespers and additional minor hours on the feast day. All of these hours relied heavily upon music: the recitation of psalms and lessons and the performance of hymns, antiphons, and responsories

Tracklist

1.
Ad primas vesperas - Antiphona - Sancte martyr domini Olaue
02:33
2.
Ad primas vesperas - Antiphona - Sancte martyr Olaue, tua deo
01:22
3.
Ad primas vesperas - Antiphona - Sancte martyr Olaue, te humiliter
02:03
4.
Ad primas vesperas - Antiphona - Sancte Olaue, martyr domini preciose
01:31
5.
Ad primas vesperas - Antiphona - O beate pater Olaue
01:26
6.
Ad primas vesperas - Antiphona ad Magnificat - Adest dies leticie
05:55
7.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Antiphona ad Invitatorium - Magnus dominus et laudabilis va
09:19
8.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Antiphona - Regnante illustrissimo rege Olauo
02:08
9.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Antiphona - Rex autem ille licet gentilis
01:33
10.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Antiphona - Hic ewangelice veritatis
01:30
11.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Lectio 1
01:33
12.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Responsorium - In regali fastigio constitutus
03:41
13.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Lectio 2
01:21
14.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Responsorium - O quantus fidei feruvor
02:09
15.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Lectio 3
01:36
16.
Ad matutinas - In primo nocturno - Responsorium - Iustus vero ut leo confidens
02:44
17.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Antiphona - Purificatus igitur lauacro salutari
01:16
18.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Antiphona - Consepultus Christo
01:57
19.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Antiphona - Cauebat vehementer
02:36
20.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Lectio 4
01:21
21.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Responsorium - Itaque deuotissime perficiens
02:26
22.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Lectio 5
01:34
23.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Responsorium - Confluebant ad baptismum
02:35
24.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Lectio 6
01:29
25.
Ad matutinas - In secundo nocturno - Responsorium - Florebat fides
02:28
26.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Antiphona - Nec propria salute contentus
02:32
27.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Antiphona - Nouo rerum ordine
03:24
28.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Antiphona - Predicacionis gracia
02:29
29.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Lectio 7
01:32
30.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Responsorium - Deuenerat martir Xpisti
02:16
31.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Lectio 8
01:24
32.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Responsorium - Egregius martyr Olauus
04:29
33.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Lectio 9
01:02
34.
Ad matutinas - In tertio nocturno - Responsorium - Rex inclitus Olauus
03:23
35.
Ad laudes - Antiphona - Post mortem martiris
02:04
36.
Ad laudes - Antiphona - Implorata ope martyris
01:27
37.
Ad laudes - Antiphona - Ad sepulchrum sancti pernoctans
01:57
38.
Ad laudes - Antiphona - Adolescens, qui lingua precisa
02:49
39.
Ad laudes - Antiphona - Qvidam sacerdos
02:09
40.
Ad laudes - Antiphona ad Benedictus - Imperator grecus
05:38
41.
Ad secundas vesperas - Hodie preciosus martir Olauus
05:29

Total time: 01:44:10

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Digital Converters

Horus

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Mastering Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Producer

JØRN PEDERSEN

Recording Engineer

ARNE AKSELBERG

Recording location

RIS CHURCH, OSLO

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

LWC1106

Release Date September 9, 2016
SKU LWC1106

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Choir and Organ

“The St Olav cult plays an important role in Norwegian religious life. These 30 mostly very short pieces, meant to be sung at the canonical hours on the saint’s feast day (July 29), are taken from a complete manuscript dating back to the early 16th century and held in the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm. The current project and collaboration between Consortium Vocale Oslo and Graces & Voices was made as part of an EU lifelong learning programme dedicated to the study of Gregorian chant; it presumably also draws on the recent researches into the Office of St Olav by Eyolf Østrem in Uppsala. The two ensembles alternate duties most comfortably, especially in the extended Matins. There are detailed liner notes tracing the history of both cult and music. Absorbing and very spiritual.”

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