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Our world is wounded. All around us we see the cracks. And yet the world is beautiful and blessed in so many ways. This extraordinary work begins from the Beatitudes and responds with new poetry that sheds light on who among us might be in need of blessing. These texts, ancient and new, are woven into a colorful tapestry of music inspired by a variety of traditions, highlighting the universality of the human experience. Tuvayhun creates an opportunity for performers and listeners alike to inspire and be inspired, to be blessed, and be a blessing.
In “Tuvayhun: Beatitudes for a Wounded World” we seek to address this fragility, and the part we are called to play in healing it. “Tuvayhun” in Aramaic is the first word in each of the Beatitudes, “Blessed…” In the Sermon on the Mount from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus likely spoke this exact word as he pointed out those who were especially blessed in the eyes of God; but his was not a predictable list. He did not say, “Blessed are the big donors” or “Blessed are the Church leadership” or “Blessed are those who pray the loudest.” Instead, he shocked his listeners by blessing not those who have joy, but those who mourn; not the righteous, but those who are poor in spirit; not the powerful, but the peacemakers, and the meek. He blessed the sinners, the broken, the marginalized.
The music of Tuvayhun takes us on a journey through deep emotions and deeply human situations. The music moves in and out, occupying the liminal space between ancient and modern, sacred and profane. We move from semi-liturgical chant to lively folk dance, from rich orchestral layers to stark solos, from the familiar to the exotic, and back again. The music illuminates the many different peoples and experiences the texts evoke, and serves in sonic form as a reminder of the universal and enduring message of the Beatitudes.
Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir (Nidarosdomens Jentekor)
Anita Brevik – Conductor
Trondheim Soloists (TrondheimSolistene)
Ola Lindseth – Orchestra Leader
Kirsti Huke – Vocal
Mohammed Al-Majzoub – Vocal
Hans Fredrik Jacobsen – Flutes
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen – Cimbalom
Ruth Potter – Harp
Espen Aalberg – Percussion
Carl Haakon Waadeland – Percussion
Total time: 01:19:41
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|Release Date||August 26, 2022|
Every time a new recording from the company 2L appears, it’s something like a holiday at home. Why? Because I know that it is quality that is served – whatever the genre. The masterpiece “Tuvayhun” is certainly no exception.
No matter how much we disagree, I think most people agree that we live on and are part of a wounded globe. It has been a very long time since our dear globe has been as fragile as it is today. At the same time, we can also agree that the same globe is a wonderful place – a place that we must take care of in many ways, both for ourselves, but not least for those who come after us.
Phrasing? Possibly so, but no less true and important for that reason. Can music be involved in this process? Simply put and as Gard Nilssen says to boredom: Music is the healing force of the universe.
Composer Kim André Arnesen’s (41) composition can certainly help ensure a good contribution in this respect. He has written exceptionally beautiful and magnificent music to texts by Charles Anthony Silvestri, which the Grammy winners in Nidaros Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir together with the brilliant Trondheim Soloists interpret in a way that makes the sensory apparatus and emotions respond in a heartfelt way.
When such soloists as Kirsti Huke and Mohammed Al-Majzoub on vocals, Hans Fredrik Jacobsen on flutes, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen on cimbalon, Ruth Potter on harp and Carl Haakon Waadeland and Espen Aalberg on percussion are there and give it all a lovely spice just right where needed, this has become nothing less than a masterpiece of almost 80 minutes.
Nidaros Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir and sound maestro Morten Lindberg has previously won a Grammy for the recording “Lux”. A new candidate has definitely appeared here. “Tuvayhun” sounds big and great in every way.
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