Light Of Gold: Cappella SF Christmas Comes Out TOMORROW (July 10, 2015)
With this Christmas program I have tried to present a broad spectrum of Christmas music from different parts of the world. It starts with pieces and arrangements that have their roots in music that is quite long-standing, with an age of 500 years or more – although some arrangements of them are contemporary. After the seminal “Silent Night,” there is a section with English music – classic carol arrangements and original works by Britten and Rutter. Then, of course, I had to include some pieces from my native Sweden. Ending the CD is a section consisting of American music that features not only classics, but also contemporary pieces. My hope is that this selection of beautiful Christmas music – whether familiar or not – will help listeners get into the spirit of the Holiday Season. —Ragnar Bohlin
Cappella SF, a professional chamber choir, was established in 2014 by Ragnar Bohlin, its artistic director. By early 2015, the choir had recorded music for two compact discs and presented four concerts. Distinguished composers Fredrik Sixten and David Conte (currently the choir’s Composer-in-Residence) have written two works apiece for Cappella SF, all of which were premiered by the ensemble. One of the Sixten pieces, “Song of the Star,” is presented here in its world premiere recording. Cappella SF is proud to present this, its first recording. Considering a cappella music to be “…an art-form unto itself, both magical and transformative,” GRAMMY award-winning Maestro Bohlin strives to show-case the choral riches of all musical periods at the highest artistic level with Cappella SF.