There is no Rose
Christmas in the 21st Century
Vocal Group Concert Clemens
THERE IS NO ROSE…
1. The Shepherd’s Carol (Bob Chilcott b.1955) 2:54
2. Skyerne gråne (Thora Borch (1832-1923)
arr. Søren K. Hansen b.1955) 3:41
3. Veni, veni Emmanuel! (Trad. arr. Allan Gravgaard b.1984) 4:05
4. O Radiant Dawn (James MacMillan b.1959) 3:40
5. Es ist ein Ros (Trad. arr Ole Kongsted b.1943) 6:36
6. Quem Pastores (Trad. arr. Nigel Short b.1965) 2:10
7. And all the stars looked down (Alan Bullard b.1947) 2:42
8. Mit hjerte altid vanker (Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
arr. Nadja Marie Schmedes Enevoldsen b.1988) 5:28
9. Cradle Song (Richard Causton b.1971) 3:16
10. There is no Rose of such virtue (Bob Chilcott) 3:29
11. En rose så jeg skyde
(Trad. arr. Carsten Seyer-Hansen b.1971) 3:25
12. In the bleak Midwinter (Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
arr. Ola Gjeilo b.1978) 5:39
13. The Holly and the Ivy (Trad. arr Paul Hillier b.1949) 3:09
14. Es ist ein Ros (Trad. 16th Century arr. Paul Hillier) 3:02
15. We wish you a merry Christmas (Trad. arr Paul Hillier) 1:48
Total time: 56:14
Vocal Group Concert Clemens
Margrethe Smedegaard (solo, track 3)
Johanne Marie Langkjær Fårup (solo, track 10, 12)
Nadja Marie Schmedes Enevoldsen (solo, track 8, 11)
Susanne Cecilie Nielsen (solo, track 11)
Stine Vejen (solo, track 3)
Beke Pfann Bagger
Ingeborg Thisted Højlund (solo, track 8)
Henrik Winther Hansen
Steffen Filskov Sørensen
Niels Peder Skaarup Gejel
There is no Rose …
The rose as the symbol of love runs as a theme throughout this album. The title of the recording “There is no Rose …” could suggest there being no more love in this sense in the 21 st Century, but the lyrics go on “… as is the Rose that bare Jesu. For in this rose contained was heaven and earth in little space. By that rose we may well see that he is God in persons three.”
Celebrating Christmas means celebrating the rose, i.e. love. ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ Though not on this recording, these words from the Gospel of John explain the origin of Christmas: in his unconditional love God sent his Son, the infant Christ, Branch of Jesse, to redeem us; Jesus is the little rosebud that sprang up from the frozen ground through the Virgin Mary, the symbol of purity. Poets have often used her motherly tenderness to convey the message that God’s love is both personal and intimate. Against all odds this humble flower defied the deep midwinter and heralded a complete change – from death to life, from darkness to light, from winter to spring. We, with the shepherds from the hills, may give our love and hopes to this little rose of such virtue.
The music on “There is no Rose” is arranged and/or composed in the present century by mainly Danish and English composers. The idea is to present well-known and lesser-known music in fresh and appealing arrangements, many of which are hereby on record for the first time.
Vocal Group Concert Clemens is an ambitious classical vocal group resident in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. The ensemble was formed in 1997 by its present conductor, Carsten Seyer-Hansen and consists of 17 trained singers. The ensemble’s aim is to present classical vocal music with precision, warmth and fervour, not only in Denmark but also at international music festivals, competitions and concerts abroad.
Furthermore, the ensemble strives to work educationally, in collaborative projects with both established contemporary composers as well as music students.
The ensemble has collaborated with a number of renowned conductors including Kaspars Putniņš and Frieder Bernius.
Carsten Seyer-Hansen (b.1971) has been cantor at Aarhus Cathedral, Denmark, since 2003 and is responsible for the church’s rich choral life. He is also an associate professor in choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.
Carsten is a frequent concert conductor, partly with his own ensembles – Vocal Group Concert Clemens, Aarhus Cathedral Choir and St. Clemens Boys Choir – partly as a guest for a wide variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles, including Aarhus Bach Orchestra, Ensemble Midt Vest, Esbjerg Ensemble, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Danish National Opera Choir and Aarhus Sinfonietta. In addition he gives master classes in choir conducting at home and abroad.
“This one is outstanding: the group produces exceptionally pure-toned singing, and the engineering is alluringly atmospheric. The singers avoid vibrato, and this produces performances of unusual textural clarity, freshening even favourite carols like The Holy and the Ivy.”
– BBC Music Magazine (5*), Christmas 2016
“Equally appealing is this wondrous collection from a superb Danish choir … Richard Causton’s haunting Cradle Song is exquisite, and we get the better-known O Radiant Dawn by James MacMillan. Alan Bullard’s And all the stars looked down is magical, and there are three contrasting arrangements of the traditional German carol Es ist ein Ros. Every track a winner, the whole disc beautifully engineered.”
– The Arts Desk, December 2016
“This is a very well sung and nicely recorded programme of fine versions of familiar and less familiar seasonal music. With its theme of love warmly expressed throughout and a welcome lack of commercial tinsel I would recommend this to anyone.”
– Musicweb-international.com, December 2016