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LIDHOLM: Choral Music

Swedish Grammy "Classical Ensemble of the Year" 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.
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Disc 1
  Composer: Lidholm, Ingvar
  Laudi 09:34
01 I. Homo natus de muliere (Man born of woman) (Text: Job
03:50 $ 0.58 USD
02 II. Haec dicit Domonus (Thus says the Lord) (Text: Joel
03:17 $ 0.49 USD
03 III. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Praise the Lord, all you
nations) (Text: Psalm 116)
02:27 $ 0.37 USD
  4 Choruses 10:42
04 I. Tidens pelare (The Pillar of Time) 03:11 $ 0.48 USD
05 II. Havet (The Sea) 02:46 $ 0.42 USD
06 III. Uppbrott (Breaking Up) 01:08 $ 0.17 USD
07 IV. Efteråt (Afterwards) 03:37 $ 0.54 USD
  3 Songs (arr. for chorus) 05:43
08 I. Saga (Story) 01:53 $ 0.28 USD
09 II. Jungfrulin (Milkwort) 01:08 $ 0.17 USD
10 III. Madonnans vaggvisa (The Madonna's Lullaby) 02:42 $ 0.41 USD
11 Canto LXXXI 09:00 $ 1.35 USD
12 Perserna (The Persians) 21:40 $ 3.25 USD
Disc 2
  Composer: Lidholm, Ingvar
01 Libera me 12:17 $ 1.84 USD
02 Motto 02:13 $ 0.33 USD
  2 Grekiska Epigram (2 Greek Epigrams) 05:18
03 I. Kort är rosornas tid (Brief is the Time of Roses) 02:31 $ 0.38 USD
04 II. Phrasikleia 02:47 $ 0.42 USD
05 Grekisk Gravrelief (Greek Gravestone) 07:41 $ 1.15 USD
  3 Strindberg Songs 07:15
06 I. Välkommen åter snälla sol (Welcome Back Sweet Sun) 01:09 $ 0.17 USD
07 II. Ballad 02:44 $ 0.41 USD
08 III. Sommarafton (Summer's Evening) 03:22 $ 0.51 USD
  Ett Drömspel (A Dream Play) (excerpts) 14:19
09 De profundis 07:25 $ 1.11 USD
10 Vindarnas klagan (Lament of the Winds) 04:14 $ 0.64 USD
11 Troget och milt (Faithfully and Gently) 02:40 $ 0.40 USD
12 …a riveder le stelle 13:53 $ 2.08 USD
  Album total 123:27
ComposerLidholm, Ingvar
ConductorEricson, Eric
Chamber choirEric Ericson Chamber Choir
TenorDahlberg, Stefan
Bass-baritoneArvidson, Lars
NarratorMyrberg, Per
SopranoHolgersson, Hannah
Köhn, Jeanette
Ljunggren, Margaretha
BaritoneFredriksson, Karl-Magnus

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