Thursday, 17 September 2015

Fingergull 850

As you'll know, I try not to be more than a few hundred years behind the curve with this blog, so I'll not worry that I am nearly a week late in reporting this news:

Exactly 850 years ago last Saturday, a relic of the Holy Blood of Christ arrived at Nidaros Cathedral (Trondheim, Norway), having been sent as a gift from Jerusalem. A liturgical office was composed in honour of this relic, and the Feast of the Reception of the Holy Blood was kept at the Cathedral on 12 September until the Reformation. The Norwegian choir Schola Sanctae Sunnivae, a few years ago, released a CD of excerpts from Matins from this office (the Fingergullofficiet, or 'Finger Gold Office', presumably so called because the relic was enclosed in a gold ring).

Well, now they have recorded the whole thing! (Or at least, the musically distinctive elements of the office.) The new CD Fingergull was launched at Nidaros Cathedral on Saturday.

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