This musical Advent Calendar of a release avoids slushiness and sentimentalism, boasts many fine melodies dressed in sympathetic arrangements and brought to life by choirs and orchestra partnering the glorious voice of Lise Davidsen who sings without artifice, her imperious yet direct approach ideal for the festive message, whatever that may be for any one person. Certainly this is a universal release (no pun) and includes ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Ave Maria’ and other much-loved pieces of seasonal goodwill. Decca 485 4358 is released on November 10.

Lise Davidsen (soprano)
Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Norwegian National Opera Children’s Choir
Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Christian Eggen