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Eric Ericson Conducts 500 Years Of European Choral Music


Release Date: 01/01/2003 
Label:  Clarion   Catalog #: 901   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsMax RegerArnold SchoenbergRichard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Carl-Eric HellströmSven-Erik AlexanderssonMargareta HallinMarie Louise Sirén,   ... 
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio ChorusStockholm Chamber ChoirSwedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This essential three-disc collection of virtuoso choral music is drawn from recordings made by the legendary conductor Eric Ericson and the inimitable Rundfunkchor Stockholm and Stockholm Chamber Choir in 1970-71 and 1975. The repertoire is a veritable feast of some of the most formidable a cappella works ever written, including Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden, Ligeti's Morgen, Nacht, and Lux aeterna, Poulenc's Figure humaine, three sets of "trois chansons" by Debussy, Badings, and Ravel, and Goffredo Petrassi's five wild and wonderful settings of Edward Lear limericks titled Nonsense.

The performances are classic and have long stood as benchmarks for many of these pieces, which are technically beyond the reach of all
Read more but the most accomplished professional choirs. Although today's ensembles tend to take a lighter, more agile approach to such works as the Debussy and Ravel chansons and to the Renaissance selections--and never would perform Tallis' Spem in alium with continuo instruments, the artistic values and musical integrity inherent in Ericson's impeccably rehearsed performances assure the listener that nothing was spared to produce the most polished, faithful renditions possible. The sound varies from amazingly clean and clear to dense and saturated, this latter condition especially troublesome in the Tallis, whose 40-part texture admittedly is problematic to record under the best of conditions. Nevertheless, serious choral music fans must have this set, which they likely already own in its LP incarnations; others who wish to know what the highest-order choral singing and repertoire is all about could well begin here, or with Clarion's other Ericson collection titled Virtuoso Choral Music (see reviews).

--David Vernier
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fest und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1889; Austria 
2.
Sacred Songs (3), Op. 110: no 3, O Tod, wie bitter bist du by Max Reger
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
3.
Friede auf Erden, Op. 13 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Deutsche Motette, Op. 62 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Carl-Eric Hellström (Bass), Sven-Erik Alexandersson (Tenor), Margareta Hallin (Soprano),
Marie Louise Sirén (Alto)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir,  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Germany 
5.
Elegi by Lars Edlund
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Slovak Folksongs (4), Sz 70 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Kerstin Hindart (Piano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Hungary 
7.
Morning by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Hungary 
8.
Night by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Hungary 
9.
Lux aeterna by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Madrigals, Book 6: Itene, o miei sospiri by Carlo Gesualdo
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
11.
Amor vittorioso by Giovanni Gastoldi
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
12.
Madrigals, Book 2: Ecco mormorar l'onde by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1590; Cremona, Italy 
13.
Nonsense by Goffredo Petrassi
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Italy 
14.
Composizioni (2) corali by Ildebrando Pizzetti
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1943; Italy 
15.
Gyro by Niccolň Castiglioni
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 
16.
Chansons a capella (3) by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Märten Engdahl (Bass), Annika Bartler (Alto), Edith Thallaug (Soprano),
Ulf Bjorkegren (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; France 
17.
Figure humaine by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir,  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943/1959; France 
18.
Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets...fit for Voyces or Viols: This sweet and merry month of May by William Byrd
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1590; England 
19.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 9, What if I never speede by John Dowland
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
20.
Fire! Fire! my heart! by Thomas Morley
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1595; England 
21.
Spem in alium by Thomas Tallis
Performer:  Bengt Ericson (Cello), Göte Nylén (Double Bass), Gunnar Holm (Organ)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
22.
Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Marianne Mellnäs (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
23.
Gesänge (5) des Ariel by Frank Martin
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Switzerland 
24.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 2 "Album français": no 1, Toast pour le nouvel an by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
25.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiano": no 1, I gondolieri by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Kerstin Hindart (Piano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
26.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiano": no 12, La passeggiata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Kerstin Hindart (Piano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 

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