|Gabriella Gullin is a young Swedish woman composer. She has a versatile production of works for choir, chamber music, music for orchestra, organ music as well as songs. Her personal and colorful approach, and ability to intergrate both emotion and intellect in her creations, has generated many commissioned works.|
This newly written Requiem (premiered on March 24, 2002 in Stockholm), here presented in a world premiere recording, is a dynamic, beautiful, powerfilled, meditative and extreamely well-composed work that links spendidly to the rich tradition of great sacred pieces through music history.
American Record Guide: "Perceptive listeners will soon surmise that this work is indeed the product of the female psyche, exploring the uniquely intuitive nature and intensity of a woman´s feelings (---) It achieves degrees of emotional intensity and serene resignation that don´t come easily to most men. Her predominantly tonal music is pleasing and meaningful for the most part, fleshing out the text with considerable sensitivity, skill and mysticism. (---) Performances are very pleasing - the choir delivers ethereal and well-crafted sound, and the organist offers smooth, sympathetic support. Gullin´s blends of organ and wide-ranging percussion are often magical. (---) This is a composer and a work well worth hearing."
MusicWeb: "Gabriella Gullin is a new name to me but we are told that she is a talented young Swedish composer. This recently written Requiem was premiered on March 24, 2002 in Stockholm and this Nosag release is the world premiere recording. The score from the talented Gullin contains much to admire and deserves to be heard; especially in a performance as fine as this. Baritone Jesper Taube gives an imposing performance in his challenging role with a pious authority that adds appropriately to the liturgical nature of the score. The Sancta Clara Motet Choir under the direction of Michael Waldenby are in consistently fine voice in Gullin’s often difficult vocal arrangements. The organist Per Thunarf, who I assume plays the organ of the Sancta Clara Church, Stockholm, is on top form, as is percussionist Markus Leoson meeting the score’s wide-ranging demands. The Nosag engineers are to be complimented for a sound quality that I very much enjoyed. A rather unusual work, imaginatively scored and extremely accessible. Fine performances too."
Kammarmusik-Nytt: "Gabriella Gullin has a profound experience of vocal music and she wrote this 100 minutes long work where the choir has many roles and the Baritone soloist is the alone soul in front of God."
CONTENTS:CD I: (49´35)
CD II: (54´00)
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