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Nordic Sounds 2

Swedish Radio Choir

Sandstrom, Wikander, Ericson, Jersild, Mantyjarvi, Alfven, Lundmark, Hillborg

SKU: 32812

Year of release: 2012

öm 03:01
1. Sloabbme-njunnje Sandstrom 03:01
2. Kung Liljekonvalje Wikander 03:39
3. Förvårskväll Wikander 04:58
öm 13:00
4. Biegga Njunnjí Sandstrom 03:28
5. Biegga Luothe Sandstrom 09:32
6. Trad. Gjendines Bådnlåt Ericson 03:25
7. Min yndlingsdal Jersild 03:59
äntyjärvi 21:18
8. Kosijat - The Suitors Mantyjarvi 06:12
9. Kosijat - The Sun Mantyjarvi 04:03
10. Kosijat - The Moon Mantyjarvi 05:25
11. Kosijat - The North Star Mantyjarvi 05:36
én 05:32
12. Och jungfrun hon går i ringen Alfven 01:34
13. Aftonen Alfven 03:58
14. Trad. Kristallen den fina Lundmark 04:24
15. Mouyayoum Hillborg 12:49
Total time: 76:09

About this album

In the mid-nineteenth century, Europeappeared to be on the verge of a GoldenAge of choral music. There was an astonishingresurgence everywhere of music for men’s andwomen’s voices and for mixed choirs. From asearly as 1810, singing clubs, choral societies andLiedertafel (song-tables) shot up like mushroomsin Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Cologne andVienna. The best-known was the Liedertafelstarted up in 1808 by Mendelssohn’s teacherCarl Friedrich Zelter, who was leader of thechoral tradition that flourished in the nineteenthcentury has lost none of its strength. Accordingto statistics, no less than ten percent of its ninemillion inhabitants sing in a choir. Värmland,the western province of Sweden, even has areputation for its astronomical number of fivehundred choirs! A large part of the repertoireconsists of old Swedish folk songs, a culturalheritage that came to enjoy renewed and stronginterest in the nineteenth century. Composershave since arranged them for choir, often in anaccessible, neo-Romantic folk-song style and instrophic form. But songs were also adapted in acontemporary style and for all sorts of ensembles.One of the most familiar names in this respect is that of Hugo Alfvén, the foremost Swedish composer of the twentieth century. He becameknown for his furtherance of Swedish choral music and folk songs in Europe, and for his five post-Romantic symphonies and the Swedishrhapsody Midsommarvaka (1904). On the present recording, traditional Swedish folk songs are combined with contemporary choral music.Most of the pieces are Swedish, but Denmark (Jörgen Jersild) and Finland (Jaakko Mäntyjärvi) are also represented.

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Nordic Sounds 2 is thrilling because it features Peter Dijkstra conducting the superb Swedish Radio Choir in a dizzyingly eclectic program of folk music and contemporary choral works from each of the Nordic countries. (...) The contemporary works are daring and push all the boundaries of choral music, but each piece is absolutely accessible. (...) To say the performance of the Swedish Radio Choir is superb is an understatement. (...) The Channel Classics engineers make some consistently excellent recordings and Nordic Voices 2 is one of their best. (...)You must get this album if you care about state-of-the-choral-art music and performances.

American Record Guide

The program comes to its magical end with an absolutely stunning rendition of Anders Hillborg’s shimmering, wordless Muoayiyaoum...Their peerless technical perfection, interpretive acumen, and incredible vocal versatility make this choir - and this release - extra-special. And, ah, the SOUND! (...)


Hogeschool koorzang en -werken. Wat een prachtig opgenomen SuperAudio CD. Uit de kunst! (...) Spatgelijk en spatzuiver.

Audiophile Audition

deliciously intoxicating in its varied and vivacious performances, the 33-member Swedish Radio Choir in glorious form supported by a finely-honed surround sound cloud that presents them in the very best light. An easy choice for choral aficionados, and others like it as well.

Het Parool

Hoe zeer hij (Peter Dijkstra) zijn koor inspireert tot grootse daden, is ook weer te horen op Nordic Sounds 2, een nieuwe verzameling prachtige koorwerken van Zweedse componisten, aangevuld met een verdwaalde Deen en Fin. (...) ontroerende muziek (...) uitersten van vocale beheersing.


Er bestaan weinig grotere genoegens dan samen zingen. Goede koren zoals het Zweeds Radio Koor zijn in staat die bescheiden extase ook voor luisteraars te ontsluiten. (…)

International Record Review

The timbral and rhythmic precision of he performances does not prevent the singing from projecting a genuinely human warmth. The choir is res[ponsive to the wide variety of styles represented here; one senses the singers’ enjoyment. (...) this SACD sounds very good indeed.


Swedish Radio Choir

Peter Dijkstra

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationStockholm Sweden 2012
Recording EngineerHein Dekker, Jared Sacks
ProducerHein Dekker
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series