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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

Director: Eric Ericson

 Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

Mixed Choral Chorus from Sweden.

The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir (= EECC) was founded in 1945 by Eric Ericson. and has ever since held a central position in the Swedish and international music scene. The particular aim of the choir and its leader to contiually search out new music and new fields of work. has today resulted in a very wide repertoire, stretching from the renaissance to the latest avantgarde. The EECC, with its characteristic Nordic sound and wide ranging virtousity, has been an ideal ensemble for several generations of Swedish composers.

Internationally the EECC is in the absolute top league of professional choirs, receiving many international awards, including the Deutsche Schailplattenpreis and the Edison Prize. Several tours are made every year which have taken the choir throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. The EECC has made numerous recordings of the a cappe!!a repertoire and is to be found in the catalogues of many record companies.

Together with the Swedish Radio Choir the EECC has made several recordings with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Verdi's Quattro Pezzi Sacri and Mozart's Requiem under Riccardo Muti and Haydn's Die Schopfung and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis under James Levine. Riccardo Muti has also several times brought the choirs to Milan for concerts at La Scala. Furthermore the EECC has worked with Concentus Musicus of Vienna and their conductor Nicolaus Harnoncourt, a cooperation which has been documented on for example a recording of a complete Georg Frideric Handel's Messiah.

The last few years the EECC and the Swedish Radio Choir has been frequent guests at the Philharmonie in Berlin where they have made concerts and recordings of Benjamin Britten' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust and Igor Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

Beside their extensive a cappella projects, the EECC often collaborates with the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble. The EECC often performs on Swedish Radio and Television and.. has for many years partially been at the service of the Swedish National Radio.

Discography

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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Treasures : 00  1 CD : Eric Ericson :  : 21813

Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Treasures

Review: Previously unpublished recordings. Nominated for Swedish Grammy Award. Two poems with lyrics by Osten Sjostrand for mixed choir and Gustav Mahler's devout 16-tone polyphonic Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen. Daniel-Lesurs seven-invest Le Cantique des Cantiques shows Eric's interest in and connection to the French idiom. In Arnold Schoenberg's powerful Friede auf Erden for eight-voice mixed choir also participates Eric Ericson's other favorites Radio Choir and the School of Music Chamber Choir.

Songlist: St. Godric's Hymn, I mon waxe wod, Lenten is come, The long night, Yif ic of love can, Carol, Ye that pasen, A death , Tva dikter: Förvandlignar i vintervatten, Tva dikter: Metamorfoser vid Siljan, ch bin der Welt abhanden gekommen , Den enda stunden, Dialogue, La voix du bien-aime, Le songe, Le roi Salomon, Le jardin clos, La Sulamite, Epithalame , Friede auf Erden

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2041c | 00 1 CD | $18.95


Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : A Cradle Song : 00  1 CD : Eric Ericson :  : 139

Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : A Cradle Song

Review: The 28-strong mixed-voice, much-awarded Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, founded by Eric in 1945, has continually searched out new music and maintained a central position on the Swedish and international music scene. This and their pure "Nordic" sound has made them the ideal ensemble for several generations of Swedish composers, in this case Sven-David Sandstrom, whose groundbreaking 1978 piece "A Cradle Song/The Tyger" is presented here. There are 6 movements in this eclectic, spiritual work, "Hear My Prayer, O Lord," "April and Silence," "Etude No. 4 as in E Minor" (based on a strange, moody secular poem by Tobias Berggren), the title song, with text by William Blake, "A New Heaven and A New Earth," and "Agnus Dei." The extensive liner notes, in Swedish and English, have all the lyrics, and information about the composers and their sources. Breathtaking and unique material from the EECC.

Songlist: Hear My Prayer, O Lord, April and Silence, Etude No 4 as in E Minor, A Cradle Song - The Tyger, A New Heaven and A New Earth, Agnus Dei

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7781c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Swedish Choral Music


Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : 00  1 CD : Eric Ericson :  : 21461

Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

Review: The venerable, renowned 28 mixed-voice EECC brings us a collection of 6 eclectic pieces by avant-garde, contemporary Swedish composers Jan Sandstrom, Anders Hillborg, Anders Eliasson, Thomas Jennefelt and Sven David Sandstrom. Jan Sandstrom's Two Choral Poems is based on words by Harry Martinson, Hillborg's surreal, etheric piece (with an undecipherable, upside-down name) has no words, Elisson's "Breathing Room" is a fascinating, dissonant vocal smorgasbord, Jennefelt's powerful "O Domine" dramatically explores attitudes to death before becoming tranquil and reflective. And finally, Sven Sandstrom's "Etude No. 4, as in E minor" is based on a melancholy poem by Tobias Berggren that uses the waning of summer as a metaphor for similar changes in humankind. A strong, surprising, cutting edge collection from one of Europe's most versatile and innovative chamber choirs.

Songlist: Ingvar Lidholm - De Profundis, Tomas Jennefelt - Villarosa Sarialdi, Sven-David Sandstrom - Ave Maria, Jorgen Jersild - Min Yndlingdal, Bo Holten - Regn og ruskog Rosenbusk, Thorkell Sigurbjornsson - Lofsongur Engla, Knut Nystedt - O Crux, Einojuhani Rautavaara - Die Erste Elegie

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6441c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 Swedish Choral Music


Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Swedish Choral Music - Fran, Berg, Till, Back : 00  1 CD : Eric Ericson :  : 703

Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Swedish Choral Music - Fran, Berg, Till, Back

Review: The new musical ideas emerging during the thirties and forties in the Church of Sweden came as a reaction against romantic ideals and dreamlike sound pictures. The focus of attention now turned to earlier music. Authentic performance became de rigeur, and the New Objectivity soon beccame both art form and life-style. The music which resulted seems today amazingly fresh and timeless. Eric Ericson directs his own choir in performances of choral compositions from Gottfrid Berg to Sven-Erik Back, many of which he premiered. We hear Rolf Stenholm at the 1949 organ of the Oscar Church, Stockholm.

Songlist: Three Latin Hymns: Veni creator spiritus, Three Latin Hymns: Miserere, Three Latin Hymns: Ave Maria, Huru ljuvliga aro icke dina boningar, Lar oss betanka huru fa vara dagar aro, Kyrie, Johannes sag sa klar en syn, De som med tarar sa, Se, sasom en handsbredd (Motett), Om I vanden om och aren stilla (Motett), Det brinner pa en o som heter jorden (Koral), Jag kanner dig i noden (Koral), Den stund ar vard att prisa, Ty sa alskade Gud varlden, Som sadden fornimmer Guds valbehag, Ur Adventsbon, Lov vare dig, o Jesu Krist (Koralpartita), Toccata a-moll, Psalmus vespertinus, Fantasia ostinata

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7828c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Swedish Choral Music


Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Swedish Contemporary Vocal Music Vol 3 : 00  1 CD : Eric Ericson :  : 044

Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Swedish Contemporary Vocal Music Vol 3

Review: The venerable, renowned 28 mixed-voice EECC brings us a collection of 6 eclectic pieces by avant-garde, contemporary Swedish composers Jan Sandstrom, Anders Hillborg, Anders Eliasson, Thomas Jennefelt and Sven David Sandstrom. Jan Sandstrom's Two Choral Poems is based on words by Harry Martinson, Hillborg's surreal, etheric piece (with an undecipherable, upside-down name) has no words, Elisson's "Breathing Room" is a fascinating, dissonant vocal smorgasbord, Jennefelt's powerful "O Domine" dramatically explores attitudes to death before becoming tranquil and reflective. And finally, Sven Sandstrom's "Etude No. 4, as in E minor" is based on a melancholy poem by Tobias Berggren that uses the waning of summer as a metaphor for similar changes in humankind. A strong, surprising, cutting edge collection from one of Europe's most versatile and innovative chamber choirs.

Songlist: Jan Sandsrom - Tva korpoem: Anrop (Harry Martinson), Jan Sandsrom - Tva japanska landskap (Harry Martinson), Anders Hillborg -, Anders Eliasson - Breathing Room (Tomas Transtromer), Thomas Jennefelt - O, Domine, Sven David Ssanstrom - Eytd Nr 4 som iE-moll (Tobias Berggren)

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7782c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Swedish Choral Music


Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Khoros - Music For Choir A Cappella : 00  2 CDs : Eric Ericson :  : 1549/50

Eric Ericson Chamber Choir : Khoros - Music For Choir A Cappella

Review: 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 ofet exploring moral issues, for instance in The Persians, a setting 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 disc, 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. (2 CDs)

Songlist: Laudi (1947) for mixed chorus, The Pillar of Time (Tidens pelare), The Sea (Havet), Breaking Up (Uppbrott), Afterwards (Efterat), Tre Visor, Canto LXXXI, The Persians, Libera me, Motto, Two Greek Epigrams, Greek Gravestone, Three Strindberg Songs, A Dream Play, ...a riveder de stelle

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7931c | 00 2 CDs | $16.98 | A Cappella Swedish Choral Music


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