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LUX is the conceptual sequel to the Grammy nominated MAGNIFICAT for The Best Surround Sound Album at the 58th Grammy Awards. It is a choral and orchestral work of art that was recorded at the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.

The Berliner Philharmoniker and its chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle perform Mahler´s No. 6 as Simon retires as its conductor. The performance is somewhat of an ode to his long career on Germany´s greatest classical podium. This live performance is available on Pure Audio Blu ray and gives the listener a ticket to his farewell performance.

Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle - Mahler: Symphony No. 6

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 by Berliner Philharmoniker & Simon Rattle

The end of an era and a musical highlight: Simon Rattle’s farewell as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker with Gustav Mahler’s stunning Sixth Symphony was given a standing ovation by the audience. On 14 November 1987, the young Simon Rattle first took to the conductor’s podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker. “I had the feeling that I would find my voice that day,” says Rattle in retrospect. At the same time, the young conductor demonstrated his total mastery of this vast work with its brutal eruptions. The fact that Mahler’s work was also part of this farewell concert had a symbolic as well as a musical dimension: it brought both a circle to a close and also a great chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker to an end. At the same time, the performance reminded us that performances of Mahler’s music marked highlights of the Rattle era on numerous occasions. The tumultuous applause expressed not only enthusiasm for a uniquely intense, multi-faceted performance but also gratitude for 16 fulfilling years. Now, you can relive that evening with this masterful recording.

Release: 04.01.2019

Nidarosdomenes Jentekor & TrondheimSolistene - LUX

LUX by Nidarosdomens Jentekor & TrondheimSolistene

Acquiring life skills during a challenging, fragile phase of life — learning to belong, to feel seen and included, learning to build friendships — all of this lies at the core of the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir’s mission.

The Requiem in Andrew Smith’s version, commissioned by the choir and its conductor Anita Brevik, is loosely based on the Roman Catholic mass for the dead. Several of the texts of the traditional Requiem Mass have been replaced, however, with biblical references to the tragic fate of children, reflecting the all-too-frequent conflicts of today in which the young are innocent victims. The musical material in the Requiem takes its inspiration from Gregorian chant. Melodic fragments of the ancient requiem mass can be heard in the background. Trygve Seim’s improvising saxophone makes up an integral part of the whole, yet lives a life of its own in close companionship with the singers and Ståle Storløkken on organ.

The palette is expanded with the glorious strings of TrondheimSolistene in Ståle Kleiberg’s Hymn to Love and The Light (with Petra Bjørkhaug, organ). These works add dimensions of faith, hope and love. And light too, when all seems dark. In life there are moments to treasure, and challenges to overcome. In the words of Helge Torvund: The light you need exists.

Release: 18.01.2019

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