2. NÄR DET LIDER MOT JUL (Christmas Draws Nigh)
4. PIE JESU (FAURÉ)
5. SANTA LUCIA (with Charles Castronovo)
6. LAUDAMUS TE
7. STILLA NATT (Silent Night)
8. LAUDATE DOMINUM
10. ETERNAL SOURCE OF LIGHT DIVINE
11. BRED DINA VIDA VINGAR (Spread Thy Wide Wings)
12. PIE JESU (WEBBER)
13. BETLEHEMS STJÄRNA (Star Of Bethlehem)
14. AVE MARIA (with Martin Frost)
15. MARIAS VAGGSÅNG (Maria's Lullaby)
16. DEN SIGNADE DAG (O Blessed Day)
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Malena Ernman initially made her name in Opera but has moved more and more towards Cabaret Pop. Ernman's most recent albums have contained elements and performances of both, which can be a little of a disconcerting juxtaposition, though Ernman blends the two fairly well. And, in the 2009 Eurovision competition, she went full-on Techno Pop with her poperatic performance of "La Voix". I'm not a big fan of any of those genres but, based on the little I've listened to, I'd have to say Ernman is an exceptional Opera singer, bringing an uncommon delicacy to her vocal performances. But "La Voix" is really quite catchy in spite of itself, putting a uniquely European spin on the old Phil Spector kitchen-sink "Wall of Sound" concept.
The track list, here, looks to be a combination of Traditional Swedish Christmas songs and Classical. "Jul Jul Stralande Jul", for example, is practically Sweden's "White Christmas". Song title translations are mine, but hopefully accurate.
If a Malena Ernman Christmas album is something you've been pining for, you can pre-order an autographed copy from her website for roughly $22.50 (149 kronar), plus 55 kronar shipping (about $8.30).
Above, we gave you a performance of "Pie Jesu (Faure)", which appears on "Santa Lucia". But I'd truly be remiss if I didn't also include "La Voix". I promise you it's great.