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Phoenix Chorale: Northern Lights - Choral Works of Ola Gjeilo

Song NameComposer
The Ground Ola Gjeilo
SerenityOla Gjeilo
Ubi caritasOla Gjeilo
Northern LightsOla Gjeilo
Dark Night of the SoulOla Gjeilo
The SpheresOla Gjeilo
Tota pulchra esOla Gjeilo
PreludeOla Gjeilo
PhoenixOla Gjeilo
Unicornis captivaturOla Gjeilo
Evening PrayerOla Gjeilo

Directed by Charles Bruffy

The Grammy-award-winning Phoenix Chorale explores the magnetic music of New York-based, Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo, Northern Lights contains five world premiere recordings and three choral pieces which were either commissioned, composed, or dedicated to the Phoenix Chorale. When he first heard Gjeilo's Ubi caritas, Charles Bruffy was instantly hooked, finding the music refreshing and magnetic. Bruffy brought Gjeilo's music to the Chorale and its audiences, and the response was immediate. Soon after, Gjeilo was invited to be the Chorale's first Composer-in-Residence. Phoenix, a setting of the Agnus Dei, is dedicated to Charles Bruffy and the Phoenix Chorale in honour of its fiftieth anniversary. When Gjeilo first visited the choir in Arizona, he had never been to the desert before, and the 'quiet beauty and barrenness of the landscape' moved him deeply. He describes Phoenix as 'symphonic in nature... one of those pieces where the text is very much the servant of the music, not the other way around'. In contrast, Northern Lights takes its inspiration from Gjeilo's homeland, Norway, and the 'terrible beauty' of the natural phenomenon that may be observed there. The music reflects the powerful and electric quality of the northern lights, which must have seemed both mesmerising and terrifying to people in the past when no one knew what they were, and superstition prevailed.

Item code: 2918C | SACD | $17.95 |add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | United States
CHN5100.2

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