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Khoros - Lidholm: Persians, Libera Me, Etc / Ericson, Et Al


Release Date: 03/28/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1549   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta LjunggrenLars ArvidssonStefan DahlbergKarl Magnus Fredriksson,   ... 
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LIDHOLM Laudi . 4 Choruses . Songs for Chorus . Canto LXXXI. The Persians . Libera me . Motto. Greek Epigrams. Greek Gravestone. Strindberg Songs. A Dream Play: Excerpts. . . . a riveder le stele ? Eric Ericson, cond; Eric Ericson C Ch Read more ? BIS CD 1549/50 (2 CDs: 123:27)


I sometimes notice that when contemporary composers turn from solo instrumental or orchestral composition to choral writing, their work can sound less adventurous and more traditional. Perhaps this phenomenon is born of pragmatism. Choirs may be disinclined to tackle music that stretches them by demanding perfect pitch or split-second precision. In a cappella choral music, the tricky moments are even more likely to be exposed. Maybe the rational composer recognizes these realities and writes accordingly.


The choir on these CDs, however, revels in such challenges. Eric Ericson, one of the great choral trainers of the 20th and 21st centuries, established his chamber choir in 1945 and remains active and much sought after today. (He made these recordings in his late eighties, between 2003 and 2005.) The Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm (b. 1921) has composed around 25 works for unaccompanied voices, the majority specifically for these skilled performers, and to those collectors who know Lidholm?s texturally vibrant orchestral music let me simply say his choral output is equally gripping and detailed.


The works on these two discs were written between 1947 ( Laudi ) and 2003 ( Greek Gravestone ). They fall roughly into two periods, the first and most prolific extending to 1959, the second lasting from the late 1970s to the present. The earliest works, such as Laudi (three settings of passages from the Bible), take their cue from Stravinksy, but also bear a strong resemblance to the unaccompanied choral works of Benjamin Britten. Both composers like to build chords additively. (The setting in English of Ezra Pound?s Canto LXXXI is uncannily close to the spare, late vocal music of Britten.)


Some of Lidholm?s later pieces utilize 12-tone rows, such as the extended scena entitled The Persians , based on Aeschylus. Here technical hurdles become harder and Lidholm does the performers fewer favors in terms of cueing them in; nevertheless, the composer?s style is remarkably consistent (and tonal) across the decades. In his choral music, as in certain of his orchestral works such as Toccata et canto , Lidholm evokes the past?notably but not exclusively in the religious settings?tapping into the ancient world of plainchant that marked the beginnings of Western music as we know it. Part of the allure of these pieces is the feeling the listener gets of being connected to that long, historic continuum.


It must be said that both individually and collectively the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir members are virtuosos. Listen, for example, to the exciting, almost hysterical setting from 1994 of the Libera me , the first track on the second CD. The choir is required to sing glissandos doubled at the octave, dense cluster-like chords moving up or down chromatically, jump from one dynamic extreme to another, or keep long pedal notes going for several measures. It not only performs these feats but also, under Ericson?s sharp direction, uses them to bring the composer?s precise dramatic intentions to life.


Admittedly, when listening to this body of work consecutively, one might detect a certain sameness?Lidholm prefers homophony to counterpoint and never writes a fugue; which is only to say that this is a set for dipping into rather than devouring all at once. Treat it as an antidote to the jangling racket of the modern world: all the processed, digitized pollution that people pump into their heads, which invades our everyday lives by stealth. Away with it! There is something so noble in the sound of true, natural human voices flowing out into calm, reverberant space. Of course, the BIS engineers have captured that sound nobly.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Laudi by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor),
Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Sweden 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
2.
Choruses (4) by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone),
Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Sweden 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
3.
Songs (3) for Chorus by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone),
Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
4.
Canto LXXXI by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone),
Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Sweden 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
5.
The Persians by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone), Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor),
Per Myrberg (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Sweden 
Length: 21 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
6.
Libera me by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone),
Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Sweden 
Length: 12 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
7.
Motto by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone),
Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
8.
Greek Epigrams (2) by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone),
Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
9.
Greek Gravestone by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone),
Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
10.
A cappella-bok: Strindberg Songs (3) by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone),
Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957-1959; Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
11.
A Dream Play: De profundis by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone),
Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005
Composition written: Sweden (1978 - 1989). 
12.
A Dream Play: The lament of the winds by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone), Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone),
Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano), Jeanette Köhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978-1989; Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
13.
A Dream Play: Faithfully and gently by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Jeanette Köhn (Soprano), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone),
Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978-1989; Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005 
14.
...a riveder le stelle by Ingvar Lidholm
Performer:  Jeanette Köhn (Soprano), Hannah Holgersson (Soprano), Lars Arvidsson (Bass Baritone),
Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone), Margareta Ljunggren (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eric Ericson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Length: 13 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: 2003 - 2005
Composition written: Sweden (1971 - 1973). 

Sound Samples

Laudi: I. Homo natus de muliere (Man born of woman) (Text: Job 14:1-2)
Laudi: II. Haec dicit Domonus (Thus says the Lord) (Text: Joel 2:12-13)
Laudi: III. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Praise the Lord, all you nations) (Text: Psalm 116)
4 Choruses: I. Tidens pelare (The Pillar of Time)
4 Choruses: II. Havet (The Sea)
4 Choruses: III. Uppbrott (Breaking Up)
4 Choruses: IV. Efterat (Afterwards)
3 Songs (arr. for chorus): I. Saga (Story)
3 Songs (arr. for chorus): II. Jungfrulin (Milkwort)
3 Songs (arr. for chorus): III. Madonnans vaggvisa (The Madonna's Lullaby)
Canto 81: Canto LXXXI
The Persians: Perserna ()
Libera me
Motto
2 Grekiska Epigram (2 Greek Epigrams): I. Kort ar rosornas tid (Brief is the Time of Roses)
2 Grekiska Epigram (2 Greek Epigrams): II. Phrasikleia
Grekisk Gravrelief (Greek Gravestone)
3 Strindberg Songs: I. Valkommen ater snalla sol (Welcome Back Sweet Sun)
3 Strindberg Songs: II. Ballad
3 Strindberg Songs: III. Sommarafton (Summer's Evening)
Ett Dromspel (A Dream Play): De profundis
Ett Dromspel (A Dream Play): Vindarnas klagan (Lament of the Winds)
Ett Dromspel (A Dream Play): Troget och milt (Faithfully and Gently)
...a riveder le stelle

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