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Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo

Chandos released the first recording of choral works by Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo (Yay-lo), titled Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo on February 28, 2012.

Performed by Charles Bruffy and the Phoenix Chorale, the recording also features The Harrington String Quartet, saxophonist Ted Belledin and the composer himself, Ola Gjeilo, on piano. Northern Lights includes five world premiere recordings and three pieces which were either commissioned, composed, or dedicated to the Phoenix Chorale. Click here to read the album booklet; here for more information about this CD.

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What reviewers are saying:

“The Phoenix Chorale is a wonderful ensemble. It has just the right creamy sound for this music and I cannot imagine it sounding better.” – Fanfare

“The Phoenix Chorale are on top form here, clearly fully at home with their new composer’s music and delighting in every magnetic moment. Charles Bruffy’s vastly-experienced direction is as usual sensitive and technically assured. I am trying not to be too effusive here, because this music (and its singing) had a considerable emotional effect for me. Gjeilo’s poise, depth of humanity and root simplicity comes across in every bar, making this a very memorable experience.” – SA-CD.net

“Ola Gjeilo is one of those discoveries that Chandos and Hyperion have been making recently of young composers who write choral music in an approachable idiom… The quality of the performances has clearly contributed to the success of the recording and the sound is excellent…” – MusicWeb-International.com 

“If it was in question before, Ola Gjeilo is now officially a rising star, thanks to the release of the album Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo.” – Houston Press

“The music is wonderful, the performances could not be bettered. Engineering richly captures the choral textures. If you enjoy choral singing and unusual repertory, don’t miss this!” – ClassicalCDReview.com

 “…I can’t imagine any music lover not being enchanted with this superbly sung album, recorded in spacious Super Audio sound that is simply riveting. Highly recommended!” – Audiophile Audition