The Vanishing Nordic Chorale
My friend and colleague Phil Spray, violone player and director of the Indianapolis-based ensemble Musik Ekklesia, has just released “The Vanishing Nordic Chorale,” a new recording on the Sono Luminus label.
The program contains a fascinating mix of 17th-century Scandinavian sacred music as well as works by J.S. Bach and Praetorius, among others, sung in Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish.
Its principal aim is to celebrate the history of the Lutheran hymn as was (is) found in Scandinavia through a mixture of connected traditions and musical styles.
The end-product is beautifully produced.
[Disclaimer: I was the recording session photographer.]
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