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  • Kim André Arnesen (1980– ): MAGNIFICAT:
  • 11. Magnificat anima mea06:03
  • 22. Ecce enim06:01
  • 33. Quia fecit05:49
  • 44. Et misericordia04:55
  • 55. Fecit potentiam06:22
  • 66. Suscepit Israel04:02
  • 77. Gloria Patri07:41
  • Aaron Jay Kernis (1960– ): MUSICA CELESTIS:
  • 8Musica Celestis12:06
  • Ola Gjeilo (1978– ):
  • 9Tundra03:47
  • Song of the Universal:
  • 10Song of the Universal11:12
  • Total Runtime01:07:58


The MAGNIFICAT is the Virgin Mary's song of praise to God after one of the Bible's greatest wonders: the angel Gabriel visiting her with the message that she is to be the mother of God's son. In his setting composer Kim André Arnesen expresses the feelings Mary must have felt: wonder, devotion, gratitude, joy, humility, hope and compassion.

God's selection of an unknown woman living in poverty to be the mother of His son is a bottom-up view of the world if ever there was one – and Arnesen sees the Magnificat as offering support and hope for all people struggling against adversity or in need of strength. MUSICA CELESTIS portrays the ceaseless praising of God by angels in heaven. Aaron Jay Kernis builds his work around a fairly simple melody which he remoulds in a series of variations. The intensely beautiful and mostly barren Hardangervidda mountain plateau inspired Ola Gjeilo to write TUNDRA, while his SONG OF THE UNIVERSAL expresses unabashed optimism, exuberance and poet Walt Whitman's unwavering confidence in our deeper humanity – all through the prism of a big, warm, beating heart.

Lise Granden Berg, soprano
Magne H. Draagen, organ
Maria Næss, piano
Ola Gjeilo, piano
Øyvind Gimse, artistic director TrondheimSolistene
Anita Brevik, conductor

Nidaros Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir
was established in 1992, and is an important part of the musical life of Trondheim. In addition to performing a lot of concerts, the Choir also participates at Services and other arrangements in the Nidaros Cathedral. The Choir is characterized by a high artistic level, as well as great musical variety, and has made first performances of works by several Norwegian composers. The Choir has 85 members divided in the Girl Group, 10 - 15 years old, and The Youth Group, 15 - 21 years old. In addition comes the Aspirant Choir, which is organized through The Music and Culture School in Trondheim, and led by Randi Lundemo.

Anita Brevik
is the artistic leader and conductor of Nidaros Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir. She has been with the Choir since the establishment in 1992 and has always been an important source of inspiration for the girls. Many years of systematic work with the girl's voices have created an even and harmonic choir-sound. Anita wishes to develop the girl's musical understanding and to give them good vocal and musical ideals through different sorts of music and cooperation with various musicians and artists.

Booklet for MAGNIFICAT

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