Ola Gjeilo, Choir Of Royal Holloway, 12 Ensemble – Winter Songs (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit, 96 KHz | Time – 53:43 minutes | 978 MB | Genre: Classical
A beautiful new album of compositions and arrangements for choir and strings by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo.
Including new arrangements of familiar Christmas carols in a beautiful and intimate setting to emulate the feeling of “Hygge”.
Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world.
An accomplished pianist, improvisations over his own published choral pieces have become a trademark of his collaborations across the world.
Although Norwegian by birth, it is perhaps Ola’s adopted country of America that has influenced the composer’s distinctive sound world the most, evolving a style that is both contemporary and familiar; thick harmonies and rich textures recall film score – music that forms a major part of the composer’s inspiration.The music of Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (“YAY-lo” comes close enough for government work) lands in a space between minimalism, New Age music, and film composition. It’s obviously not something for Milton Babbitt fans, but the elements are cleverly fused together, and Gjeilo, resident in New York, has found success both in the U.S. and in Britain (probably more so than in Norway). Those layers here interact with three others: Gjeilo’s own piano, the instrumental group 12 Ensemble, and the Choir of Royal Holloway under its conductor, Rupert Gough. The program delivers the promised focus on winter with a original settings of texts by Christina Rossetti, Emily Brontë, Hildegard of Bingen, and more, but most of the pieces are arrangements of familiar carols. These are entirely fresh. They’re not sentimental beyond the basic nature of the material; they place the tune in unusual ways; they hold the interest with variations in register and texture. Sample a piece as familiar as Silent Night for a taste. Likely one of the most successful holiday releases of 2017, and rightly so. – James Manheim
1-01. Ola Gjeilo & Choir Of Royal Holloway & 12 Ensemble – Gjeilo: The Rose (03:25)
1-02. Ola Gjeilo & Choir Of Royal Holloway & 12 Ensemble – Gjeilo: Ecce Novum (04:13)
1-03. The Choir of Royal Holloway – Anonymous: The First Nowell (04:35)
1-04. Ola Gjeilo & Choir Of Royal Holloway & 12 Ensemble – Gjeilo: Days Of Beauty (02:44)
1-05. Ola Gjeilo & 12 Ensemble – Gjeilo: Home (02:30)
1-06. Ola Gjeilo & Choir Of Royal Holloway & 12 Ensemble – Gjeilo: Across The Vast, Eternal Sky (04:38)
1-07. The Choir of Royal Holloway – Gjeilo: Ave Generosa (04:32)
1-08. Ola Gjeilo & 12 Ensemble – Gjeilo: First Snow (02:27)
1-09. The Choir of Royal Holloway – Anonymous: The Holly & The Ivy (03:58)
1-10. The Choir of Royal Holloway – Kirkpatrick: Away In A Manger (03:57)
1-11. Ola Gjeilo & 12 Ensemble & Max Ruisi – Gjeilo: Dawn (02:46)
1-12. The Choir of Royal Holloway – Anonymous: The Coventry Carol (03:29)
1-13. Ola Gjeilo – Gruber: Silent Night (03:46)
1-14. The Choir of Royal Holloway – Anonymous: Wintertide (03:10)
1-15. Ola Gjeilo & 12 Ensemble & Max Ruisi – Gjeilo: The Rose II (03:25)