THE HAMRAHLÍÐ CHOIR - Come And Be Joyful [CD]
Format: CD Album
Catalogue No.: TPLP1524CD
Release Date: 4th December 2020
Genre: Classical Choir
1. Ísland, farsælda frón (Iceland, Beloved Country)
2. Komdu nú að kveðast á (Make Verses, Maestro)
3. Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu (Vatnsenda-Rósa ́s Verses)
4. Stóðum tvö í túni (We Stood in the Meadow)
5. Blástjarnan þó skarti skær (The Blue and Brightly Shining Star)
6. Veröld fláa sýnir sig (The Deceptive World)
7. Haldiðún Gróa hafi skó (Dance Song)
10. Haustvísur til Máríu (Autumn Verses to the Virgin Mary)
11. Maríukvæði (A Mary Poem)
12. Vikivaki (The Lover in the Red Forest)
13. Í gleðinni (Come and Be Joyful)
14. Smávinir fagrir (Fair Little Friends)
The Hamrahlíð Choir has been at the forefront of Icelandic musical life for more than four decades. Its members are former students at Hamrahlíð College in Reykjavík, where Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir formed a choir in 1967 and was its conductor until 2017. This was among the first college choirs in Iceland, and has maintained its leading position ever since.
Over the years the choir has been a breeding ground for many of Iceland's leading singers, instrumentalists, and composers. Alongside Björk, the many musicians who are former members of the choir include pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, composer Haukur Tómasson (recipient of the Nordic Council Music Prize 2004), musicologist Árni Heimir Ingólfsson, and bass Kristinn Sigmundsson (a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera stage).
Throughout its history, the choir has collaborated closely with Icelandic composers. Over 100 works have been composed especially for the choir, including works by virtually all of Iceland's leading composers. Apart from its close association with native composers, the choir has collaborated with foreign artists such as Arvo Pärt, John Cage, and Vagn Holmboe in the first Icelandic performances of their works.
The Hamrahlíð Choir began its collaboration with Björk in 2017, singing on her CD Utopia this collaboration continues with concerts at The Shed, New York City, in May and June 2019, and