A bright star shineth

Härlanda Chamber Choir
David Molin, Karl Peter Eriksson



Nu tändas tusen juleljus (Emmy Köhler / arr: David Molin (v. 1–2), and Jan Åke Hillerud)
Veni, Emmanuel (Trad. France / arr: Jan Åke Hillerud)
Ave Maria (Franz Biebl)
Julvisa (Jean Sibelius / Zacharias Topelius arr: Anna Cederberg-Orreteg)
There is no rose (Paul Hillier)
Gammal julvisa. Guds son är född? (Trad. Sweden / arr: Otto Olsson)
O magnum mysterium (Francis Poulenc)
Det är en ros utsprungen (Ola Gjeilo / Thekla Knös)
Gaudete (Trad. Piæ Cantiones?/?arr: Karl Jenkins)
O magnum mysterium (Morten Lauridsen)
Tre kungar (Peter Cornelius / Karl-Fredrik Palmstiern)
Heyr, himna smiður (Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson / Kolbeinn Tumason)
In dulci jubilo (Trad / Robert Lucas Pearsall)
O nata lux (Thomas Tallis)
Wexford Caro (Trad. Ireland / arr: John Rutter)
O helga natt (Adolphe Adam / Placide Cappeau / Augustin Kock)
Stilla natt (Franz Gruber / Joseph Mohr / Carl Oscar Mannström arr: David Wikander)

Footprint is delighted to release the debut recording from Härlanda Chamber Choir in the ensemble’s tenth anniversary year. A bright star shineth is an atmospheric celebration of Christmas music from throughout Europe, from the Sixteenth Century to the present day.

Härlanda Chamber Choir was founded in 2007 by its conductor David Molin. The ensemble has since picked up first prize at countless choral competitions and charmed audience and congregations with its warm, inviting sound. A bright star shineth is described by Molin as ‘a labour of love and laughter.’

The recording charts a Christmas journey from France to Iceland, via England, Wales, Ireland and of course Sweden. Traditional songs in alluring arrangements by Åke Hillerud and John Rutter and more are heard alongside original compositions by the likes of Francis Poulenc, Thomas Tallis and Morten Lauridsen.

The choir pays homage to its own roots with a traditional song from the Halland Province, Guds son är född (arranged by Otto Olsson). Two premiere recordings from Scandinavian composers complete the picture: Ola Gjeilo’s striking Det hev ei rose sprunge and Anna Cederberg-Orreteg’s emotive interpretation of Sibelius’s Julvisa.

With fulsome, warm singing and careful direction from Molin, A bright star shineth combines head and heart this festive season, ‘our birthday gift to ourselves and a Christmas present to the world’, in the choir’s own words.