Music from Norway–Det Hellige Kors

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Program: #08-14   Air Date: Mar 24, 2008

Early Norwegian church psalm settings for Holy Week performed by the Oslo Cathedral Choir conducted by Terje Kvam. The Lutheran tradition is reflected in works from the Danish-Norwegian poets (Kingo, Dass, Brorson) whose hymnals defined the 16th and 17th century church style.


NOTE: All of the music on this program comes from the recording Det Hellige Kors featuring the Oslo Domchor conducted by Terje Kvam, with choral works for the Holy season and Passiontide.

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NICOLAI GRUNDTVIG (1783-1872): Det Hellige Kors vaer Herre han bar ("The Holy Cross was carried by Our Lord")

ANDRES ARREBO (1587-1637)/Eyvind Skeie: Se, vi gaer opp til Jerusalem ("Say, let us go to Jerusalem")

LARS LINDEROT (1761-1811)/Folk Tune from Hallingdal: Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro ("No one will reach the place of eternal peace")

HANS ADOLPH BRONSON (1739): Sta fast, mijn sjel, sta fast ("Stay fast, my soul, stay fast")

MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546)/translated by Magnus Brostrup Langstad: Var Gud han er sa fast en borg ("A mighty fortress is our God")

GUSTAV JENSEN/Richard Redhead (after AUGUSTUS MONTAGUE TOPLADY, 1763): Klippe du som brast for meg ("Rock of ages, cleft for me")

EYVIND SKEIE/TROND KVERNO: Du er Guds Sonn, dern sterke ("You are God's son, your strength")

SVEIN ELLINGSEN/Norwegian folk song: O Herre, la mitt oye ("Let mine eye, O Lord")

PAUL GERHARDT (1607-1676)/HANS LEO HASSLER (1564-1612): O Hoved, hoyt forhanet ("O Head held high, crowned with bloody thorns")

TROND KVERNO/E. Blix, from a Medieval melody: O Guds Lam uskyldig ("O Innocent Lamb of God")

PETER DASS (1647-1708): Velsignet vaer, O Jesus Krist ("Blessed be, Jesus Christ")

THOMAS KINGO/LOYS BOURGEOIS (c. 1510-after 1559): Skriv dig, Jesu, paa mitt hjerte ("On my heart imprint Thine image")

Composer Info

NICOLAI GRUNDTVIG (1783-1872), ANDRES ARREBO (1587-1637), LARS LINDEROT (1761-1811), HANS ADOLPH BRONSON (1739), MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546), PAUL GERHARDT (1607-1676), HANS LEO HASSLER (1564-1612), PETER DASS (1647-1708), THOMAS KINGO/LOYS BOURGEOIS (c. 1510-after 1559)

CD Info

FXCD 224,

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