Laudi; 4 Choruses; 3 Songs; Canto LXXXI; Perserna; Libera Me; Motto; 2 griechische Epigramme; Greek Gravestone; 3 Strindberg Songs; A Dream Play (Ausz.);A Riveder le Stelle
  • Künstler: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Ericson
  • Label: BIS, DDD, 2003-2005
  • Bestellnummer: 2776897
  • Erscheinungstermin: 25.8.2005


Born in 1921, the composer Ingvar Lidholm is the doyen of Swedish music. We recently released three CDs as a survey of his orchestral works, and now the time has come for this two-disc set of his music for choir a cappella. Containing the absolute majority of Lidholm’s works in this genre, this release is also a documentation of the unique collaboration between the composer and the renowned choral conductor Eric Ericson. Most of these works, starting with Laudi from 1947, were actually written for the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, an ensemble which has been described as ‘the Mercedes of the choral world’ and which is used by conductors such as Muti, Abbado and Levine for concerts and recordings. With the EECC as his instrument, Lidholm has created a choral style which is both virtuosic and expressive while often exploring moral issues, for instance in The Persians, a setting of a scene from Aeschylus’s tragedy, which in Lidholm’s opinion deals with ’the curse of power-mad leaders throughout history, not least in our own time.’ Texts from or about classical antiquity have often provided Lidholm with inspiration, for instance in Greek Gravestone and Two Greek Epigrams. Another major source of material has been the Swedish playwright August Strindberg: ‘demented and deranged in many ways, a fantastic inspiration’. Lidholm has used texts by Strindberg in various works on this release, such as the extracts from the opera ‘A Dreamplay’, in which the choir has an important musical function. These recordings, made between February 2003 and April 2005 with the composer taking an active part, might be considered the climax of almost 60 years of collaboration between two great makers of music: Eric Ericson and Ingvar Lidholm.
  • Tracklisting

Disk 1 von 2

  1. 1 Laudi for chorus: 1. Text: Job 14: 1-2
  2. 2 Laudi for chorus: 2. Text: Joel 2: 12-13
  3. 3 Laudi for chorus: 3. Text: Psalm 116
  4. 4 Fyra Körer (Four Choruses), for chorus: 1. Tidens pelare (The Pillar of Time)
  5. 5 Fyra Körer (Four Choruses), for chorus: 2. Havet (The Sea)
  6. 6 Fyra Körer (Four Choruses), for chorus: 3. Uppbrott (Breaking Up)
  7. 7 Fyra Körer (Four Choruses), for chorus: 4. Efteråt (Afterwards)
  8. 8 Saga
  9. 9 Jungfrulin
  10. 10 Madonnas vaggvisa
  11. 11 Canto No 81, for chorus
  12. 12 Perserna (The Persians), dramatic scena for male chorus, tenor, baritone & narrator

Disk 2 von 2

  1. 1 Libera Me, for chorus
  2. 2 Motto, for chorus
  3. 3 Två Grekiska Epigram (Two Greek Epigrams), for chorus: 1. Kort är rosornas tid (Brief is the Time of Roses) for male chorus
  4. 4 Två Grekiska Epigram (Two Greek Epigrams), for chorus: 2. Phrasikleia for female chorus and soprano solo
  5. 5 Grekisk Gravrelief (Greek Gravestone) for chorus
  6. 6 Strindberg Songs (3): 1. Välkommen åter snälla sol (Welcome Back Sweet Sun)
  7. 7 Strindberg Songs (3): 2. Ballad
  8. 8 Strindberg Songs (3): 3. Sommarafton (Summer's Evening)
  9. 9 Dream Play, A, opera: De profundis, for mixed chorus
  10. 10 Dream Play, A, opera: Vindarnas klagan (Lament of the Winds) for mixed chorus
  11. 11 Dream Play, A, opera: Troget och milt (Faithfully and Gently) for baritone solo and mixed chorus
  12. 12 A riveder le stelle (1973)

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