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Bent Sørensen - St Matthew Passion

Composer Bent Sørensen
Performer The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Ensemble Allegria
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2611 SACD
EAN 7318599926117
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2023
Total time 65'32

To mark Oslo International Church Music Festival’s anniversary in 2020, a new St Matthew Passion was commissioned from Bent Sørensen, one of northern Europe’s most performed and admired composers and winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Music in 2018. The première was postponed owing to the pandemic and had to wait the following year for a streamed world première that reached a large number of listeners and viewers throughout Europe.
The libretto [in English] was curated by Jakob Holtze and is made of fragments of the Gospels of Matthew and John, traditional mass texts, as well as poetry by six authors, three of them women. In his work, Sørensen says, ‘lies a love passion. Not only Christ’s love declaration to all humankind, through crucifixion and resurrection, but also a simple and beautiful love. The passion for the people we love.’
Sørensen’s St Matthew Passion is performed by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and Ensemble Allegria under the direction of Grete Pedersen, a musical partnership that has resulted in several award-winning recordings for BIS over the years.
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  Bent Sørensen
  St Matthew Passion (2019) 65'27
01 I. In veils of mist 10'52
02 II. Betania 4'00
03 III. Psalm 4'06
04 IV. Wild Nights 6'26
05 V. Crucifixus 9'05
06 VI. Lament 11'13
07 VII. Tenebrae 4'29
08 VIII. Magdalena 5'43
09 IX. The shore again, Galilee 2'10
10 X. Into the Mist 7'23
  Album total 65'32
ComposerSørensen, Bent
ChoirDet Norske Solistkor
EnsembleEnsemble Allegria
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