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Lise Davidsen

Christmas from Norway

Decca Classics
Release Date: November 10, 2023

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Lise Davidsen thoughts on 'Christmas From Norway'
Silent Night
MET Opera - The Queen of Spades
1 O Helga Natt (Arr. Gamley & Hazell) 04:53  
2 No. 1, Weihnachten (Arr. Mackerras) 02:49  
3 Silent Night (Arr. Cullen) 04:04  
4 Jul, jul, strålande jul (Arr. Eggen) 02:37  
5 Deilig er Jorden (Arr. Eggen) 03:52  
6 Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (Arr. Eggen) 04:37  
7 Julvisa, Op. 1 No. 4 (Arr. Eggen) 03:00  
8 X. Jesu bleibet meine freunde (Arr. Hazell) 02:55  
9 No. 52, Mariä Wiegenlied 02:25  
10 Ave Maria, CG 89a (After J.S. Bach: Prelude in C Major, BWV 846) [Arr. Sabatini] 02:48  
11 No. 25, Schlafendes Jesuskind 04:01  
12 The First Noel (Arr. Henderson) 02:55  
13 O Come All Ye Faithful (Arr. Gamley & Hazell) 04:23  
14 O Holy Night (Arr. Gamley & Hazell)  
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Lise Davidsen, the most in-demand soprano in the world right now, releases her new album, ‘Christmas From Norway’ via Decca Classics out now! Hailed as “The living, breathing meteor of the current opera world” (The i Paper), Lise’s forthcoming album presents a delightful and personally-selected collection of traditional Norwegian Christmas music and classic festive favorites, spreading the warm glow of the Scandinavian Christmas spirit. Reflecting on the project, the soprano expresses her long-standing desire to create this album. Lise says, “For Scandinavians, Christmas serves as a beacon of light in the midst of a lengthy winter. Perhaps that is why we embrace it so wholeheartedly.”

‘Christmas From Norway’ is an album particularly close to Lise’s heart – the holiday season not only being the singer’s favorite time of the year but also embodying her vision for music: breaking barriers and making it accessible to all without losing the craft. “Christmas is how I got into music” she recalls. “We listened to all kinds of music: choral music, popular music, and Norwegian songs.” A time when everyone can feel welcome to experience the beauty of classical music, even if they do not understand it fully at first, as she confessed “I’ve been in that situation myself a million times, wondering what’s going on… I’ve fallen asleep. I’ve not understood things. Classical music is for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to understand right away”.

For this album, the soprano draws inspiration from the classic albums of iconic predecessors on Decca Classics, such as Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson. The album features beautiful arrangements drawn from the label's archive, originally made for such legendary singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, and Renée Fleming.

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