The Book of Psalms (Salmenes bok)

Kare Nordstoga, Nils Henrik Asheim, Oslo Domkor, Vivianne Sydnes

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The process behind The Book of Psalms originates from when Oslo Cathedral commissioned a large-scaled work by Nils Henrik Asheim for the inauguration of the church’s new main pipe organ in 1998. The composer suggested including a choir to create a cycle of texts from the Book of Psalms, and the Oslo Cathedral Choir were more than willing to participate, with their dedication to the piece being integral to the work’s development.

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Organ builders Ryde & Berg made both the main organ (with 53 voices) and the choir organ (16 voices), with the combination of the two becoming central to the concept of the work. The two instruments bathe the room in an immersive soundscape, with the choir representing the voice inside this.

The composer himself chose a selection of lines taken from 21 hymns, with the view to creating a holistic narrative through use of contrasts. Five “Allelujah” movements for organ complete each of the sections of the work. In the 1998 version, these were improvised movements for solo organ, but in the revised version from 2019 the movements were re-composed as organ duos. The titles of these five movements are taken from Psalm 150, v.1–3.

Oslo Cathedral Choir
Vivianne Sydnes – Conductor
Kåre Nordstoga – Organ
Nils Henrik Asheim – Organ

Tracklist

1.
Salmenes bok: Salme 1. Ash-re ha-ish
01:14
2.
Salmenes bok: Salme 5. Du horer min rost om morgenen
02:28
3.
Salmenes bok: Salme 8. Nar jeg ser din Himmel
03:13
4.
Salmenes bok: Salme 13. Hvor lenge, O Herre
03:51
5.
Salmenes bok: Salme 18. Da skalv og skaket jorden
02:56
6.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja I - med gjallende horn
03:26
7.
Salmenes bok: Salme 19. Himmelen forkynner Guds herlighet
03:56
8.
Salmenes bok: Salme 22. Min Gud, hvorfor har du forlatt meg
05:49
9.
Salmenes bok: Salme 27. Skjul ikke ditt ansikt for meg
01:13
10.
Salmenes bok: Salme 40. Han la i min munn en ny sang
04:28
11.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja II - med harpe og lyre
02:53
12.
Salmenes bok: Salme 42. Som hjorten skriker etter rennende bekker
03:19
13.
Salmenes bok: Salme 49. A-te lo-ma-shal oz-ni
01:03
14.
Salmenes bok: Salme 62. Vaer stille for Gud, min sjel
01:00
15.
Salmenes bok: Salme 65. Gud, kom meg til redning
00:45
16.
Salmenes bok: Salme 74. Du klovde havet i din velde
01:02
17.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja III - med pauke og dans
02:46
18.
Salmenes bok: Salme 108. Gud, mitt hjerte er rolig
03:40
19.
Salmenes bok: Salme 114. Da Israel drog ut av Egypt
03:51
20.
Salmenes bok: Salme 126. Da Herren vendte Sions lagnad
04:00
21.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja IV - med strengespill og floyte
03:06
22.
Salmenes bok: Salme 130. Min sjel venter pa Herren
01:16
23.
Salmenes bok: Salme 137. Ved Babylons elver der satt vi og grat
04:15
24.
Salmenes bok: Salme 139. Hvor skal jeg ga bort fra din and
03:55
25.
Salmenes bok: Salme 148. Lovsyng Herren fra Himmelen
03:00
26.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja V - med tonende cymbaler
04:40

Total time: 01:17:05

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Release Date September 30, 2022

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