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At Culture nights in Reykjavik the 23rd of august 2014 I was walking downtown with my recording gear. Reykjavik downtown was packed with people walking between events everywhere, in the streets, in galleries, restaurants, pubs and shops. I spent most of the day with AudioTechnica BP4025 on boom until I noticed that the sound was probably not as good as expected for music events. So I cycled home and changed to recently made „MKH20 binaural array„, hoping that it would give a better result.
What interested me most was the six hour event in Hallgrímskirkja church. It was a music event with choirs, organ, sing along and many other kind of music. I spent almost two hours there recording to the end of the event. The last one was the choir Schola cantorum. This choir have beautiful voices and that evening they mostly sang hymn songs and prayers, some very old.
Even though I am completely nonreligious, their prayers and songs touched me deeply . It somehow reminded my all in one, of my childhood, the beautiful nature and the wonders of life .
As in a field recording this recording has its own character with average quality. But honestly, it is the most beautiful music I have ever recorded.
I was probably 15 meters from the choir. People walked trough the church siting down and listening for a while, then walking away all the time so you will hear lot of cloth rustling. Outside there was a huge downtown street party which can be heard during the last minutes of the last song when the side doors of the church was opened.
Quality headphones are recommended while listening.

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Hér er á ferðinni upptaka sem tekin var upp á Menningarnótt 23. ágúst 2014 í Hallgrimskirkju. Þennan dag stóð þar yfir 6 tíma dagskrá sem kölluð var Sálmafoss, þar sem ýmsir flytendur komu fram. Í lokin kom fram kórinn Schola cantorum undir stjórn Harðar Áskelssonar með sálmalög og bænir.
Upptakan er lítilega samansett þar sem skarkali og drukknir menn trufluðu upptökuna nokkrum sinnum og tóku stemninguna alveg úr sambandi í þessum frábæra söng. Eftir stóðu þó fjórir sálmar sem eru þessir:

1. „Heyr himna smiður„. Sálmur eftir Kolbein Tumason (1173-1208) . Lag eftir Þorkel Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013).

2. „Til þín, Drottinn hnatta og heima“. Sálmur eftir Pál V. G. Kolka (1895-1971). Lag eftir Þorkel Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013).

3. „Vertu guð faðir faðir minn„. Sálmur eftir Hallgrím Pétursson (1614-1674). Lag eftir Jakob Tryggvason (1907-1999).

4. „Nú hverfur sól í haf„. Sálmur eftir Sigurbjörn Einarsson (1911-2008). Lag eftir Þorkel Sigurbjörsson (1938-2013).

„Nú hverfur sól í haf“ er svo endurtekið eftir að Sr. Jón Dalbú Hróbjartsson sóknarprestur fer með bænina „Faðir vor“, en þá gengur kórinn einn hring um kirkjuna og endar sönginn frammi í andyri. Á meðan á því stendur eru dyr kikjuskipsins opnaðar, en þá má heyra í því villta partýi sem fyrir utan var.
Upptakan er birt með leyfi kórsins.
Mælt er með því að hlusta á þessa upptöku í góðum heyrnartólum.

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Recorder: Sound devices 744
Mics: Sennheiser MKH20 (Binaural)
Pics. Canon EOS-M
Rec. Location. 64.141801, -21.926812

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Laugarneskirkja er í Laugarnesprestakalli, Reykjavíkurprófastdæmi. Var hún teiknuð af Guðjóni Samúelssyni (f.1887 – d.1950) og vígð þann 18. desember árið 1949.
Þann 3. júlí 2011 hljóðritaði ég söng Önnu Jónsdóttur sópransöngkonu í kirkjunni við undirleik Antoniu Hevesi á pianó .
Anna hóf söngnám við Nýja tónlistarskólann hjá Alinu Dubik og lauk þaðan burtfararprófi vorið 2003.
Næsta vetur stundaði hún nám við Tónlistarháskólann í Búkarest þar sem hennar aðalkennari var
Maria Slatinaru. Anna lauk síðan einsöngvaraprófi frá Nýja tónlistarskólanum í nóvember 2004 undir handleiðslu Alinu Dubik.
Anna hélt debut-tónleika í Hafnarborg haustið 2006 þar sem Jónas Sen lék með henni. Árið 2008 gaf hún út sinn fyrsta hljómdisk, Móðurást, en á honum eru íslensk sönglög sem eiga það sameiginlegt að fjalla á einhvern hátt um móðurkærleikann.
Síðustu ár hefur Anna tekið virkan þátt í íslensku tónlistarlífi með einsöngstónleikum og þátttöku í stærri verkum.

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Sopran in Laugarneskirkja (church)
Guðjón Samuelsson (b.1887 – d.1950) was the state architect of Iceland from 1924-1950, and designed many churches, including the Catholic church and Hallgrímskirkja as well as the National Theater. Laugarneskirkja was consecrated in 1949, and is not one of his most orginal works, as it looks a lot like the church he built in Akureyri a year earlier.
In 3rd of July 2011 I recorded few songs with Anna Jónsdóttir, a soprano singer in Laugarneskirkja.
She began her song study at Nýi tónlistarskólinn, (New Musical School) by Alina Dubik and graduating with a final exam in the spring of 2003.
Next winter, she studied at the Musical University in Bucharest where her main tutor was Maria Slatinaru.
Anna completed his degree soloists from the New Musical School in November 2004 under the guidance of Alina Dubik.
Anna thought Debut-concert in the fall of 2006 at Hafnarborg where Jonas Sen played with her on  piano. In 2008 she released her first CD, Móðurást, containing Icelandic songs where the main theme is motherlove in it’s broadest sense.
Past years Anna has been active in the Icelandic music scene with a solo concert and participation in larger projects.
Antonia Hevesi are playing on Piano in this two songs.
Sækja mp3 skrá. (192kbps / 8,3Mb)
Recorder: Korg MR1000 w/Sound Devices 552 (DSDIFF 1bit/5,6Mhz)
Mics: SE4400a MS setup (singer) SE1a ORTF (piano)
Pix: Canon 30D

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