Mótettukór Hallgrímskirkju - Ljósið þitt lýsi mér (CD+DVD)
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The Hallgrímskirkja Motet Choir (Mótettukór Hallgrímskirkju) has long been one of the leading choirs in Iceland. Here we have a special deluxe edition of the choir‘s sold-out album of sacred music, Ljósið þitt lýsi mér, originally released in 2008, along with a documentary on the choir’s Icelandic concert tour in spring 2009.
Nearly twenty years ago the Motet Choir recorded a CD with Icelandic church music. This CD was rereleased, but is now sold out and therefore it was time to make another CD, with new Icelandic church music as well as some classic works. Various composers were asked to suggest some of their own works to include on the CD and the choir and its conductor chose some of their favourite works from the choir’s repetoire. The result is a collection of hymns and motets that originate in the Icelandic musical heritage, the folk music, which Icelandic composers have used extensively.
The hymns and prayers of the poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 - 1674), of which Hallgrímskirkja is named after, are prominent on the CD. Each work on the CD is accompanied by a few words from the conductor.
The CD Ljósið þitt lýsi mér is meant to portray a selected segment of Icelandic contemporary musical composition and to give the guests of Hallgrímskirkja an opportunity to bring home with them the atmosphere from the church.
Titles on CD: Ég byrja reisu mín - Vertu, guð faðir, faðir minn - Hver, sem að reisir hæga byggð - Heyr, himna smiður - Ave Maria - Dýr fæðingin drottins vors - Heyr þú oss himnum á - Gefðu að móðurmálið mitt - Hvítasunna - Psalm 150 - Guð - Víst ertu, Jesú, kóngur klár - María, meyjan skæra - Laudamus te - Vertu, Guð faðir, faðir minn - Dýrð, vald, virðing – Kvöldvers
DVD: Documentary by Heimir Hlöðversson on the Motet Choir’s Icelandic concert tour in spring 2009.
Here is a short example from one of the works on the CD Ég byrja reisu mín - by Hallgrímur Pétursson. Recorded live at a concert in Hallgrimskirkja in 2011: