In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
For the past 30 years Adolf Fredrik's Girls Choir has been active as one of the most Internationally recognized children's and youth choirs throughout the world - a musical achievement that is difficult to equal. The girl's choir is a representational choir from Adolf Fredrik's Music Classes in Stockholm, Sweden's oldest specialized school, founded in 1939; a distinguished institution of music well known throughout the world. Each year approximately 10 new choral members are inducted into the girls choir, and each and every year their leader and conductor, Bo Johansson, succeeds in bringing forth musical professionalism and wondrous tones which distinguish Adolf Fredrik's Girls Choir. Adolf Fredrik's Girls Choir has won many first awards in different choir competitions, including the BBC's "Let the peoples sing". The choir has participated in several TV and radio programs, major concert and opera performances, several recordings, major official ceremonies etc. The choir is often invited to participate in International Choir Festivals and has received many top awards for some of the most prestigious choir competitions. In 2001 the choir was selected as a "Choir of the European Federation and Cultural Ambassador" (for the years 2001 - 2004), and in October 2001 the choir got the exclusive Swedish award "Choir of the Year".
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Review: The Stockholm Singing Classes, now known as the Adolf Fredrik Music Classes, were started in Sweden in 1939 by Hugo Hammarstrom to give vocally talented children a chance to develop their talent free of charge. This idea remains the same today, for 1,000 pupils aged 11-16. There are two official choirs, the Boy's Choir and the 46-strong Girl's Choir, which was founded in 1971 by Bo Johansson, and for many years it has been ranked as one of the foremost in the world. Included on 'Cantemus 2' are 14 little-known choral pieces from the Int. Federation for Choral Music, all sung in their original languages, of which there are 10 in this recording. Samuel Barber's 'To Be Sung On The Water,' Michael Head's 'Ave Maria,' Andre Caplet's 'Sanctus,' Ro Ogura's 'Hotaru Koi,' Lajos Bardos' 'Magos A Rutafa,' Egil Hovland's 'O Come, Let Us Sing,' and Javi Busto's 'Salve Regina' are particularly lovely. The sweet, soaring voices of the Choir shine on some excellent little-known music!
Songlist: Varmlandsvisan Jan-Ake Hillerud, To Be Sung on the Water, Kadrilaulud, Ave Maria , Sanctus, Jaakobin Pojat , Hotaru Koi , Aglepta , Magos A Rutafa, Ave Maria , O Come, Let Us Sin, Ave Verum Corpus , Salve Regina , Punkosdolo