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Anniversary Compilation #3 – Whales and large lungs

Bengt Hallberg, pianist and composer, was one of Eric Ericson’s dearest musical ‘playmates’. After his musical setting of Shakespeare, we are ushered into English poetry with the help of music-dramatist Hans Gefors and D. H. Lawrence’s tribute to the whales. In Gunnar Ekelöf, Lars Edlund found inspiration as early as 1971 for his magnificently constructed Elegi. And there David Swärd takes over, with his musical setting of the English romanticist Swinburne’s depiction of the endlessness of the firmament.

With Mozart’s Ave verum corpus, we witness the manifestation of the EEKK’s and Swedish Radio Choir’s favourable meetings with the Berlin Philharmonic and Ricardo Muti in the beginning of the 1980s. One take, no cuts. With Karin Rehnqvist’s virtuosic backwards-song, three soloists from the EEKK give a nod to folk music and our true origins. The Earth’s disquiet shall pass!

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Track 1 (new release)
Bengt Hallberg: From Concert for Piano and Mixed Chorus, 2nd movement
Conductor: Eric Ericson
Soloist: Bengt Hallberg, piano
Live recording: February 17, 1983, Berwaldhallen Stockholm
Recording: Sveriges Radio

Track 2 (new release)
Hans Gefors: Whales Weep Not!
Conductor: Gustaf Sjökvist
Live recording: May 16, 1990, Berwaldhallen Stockholm
Recording: Sveriges Radio

Track 3
Lars Edlund: Elegi
Conductor: Eric Ericson
Album: Swedish Contemporary Vocal Music, Vol. 2 (2011)

Track 4 (new release)
David Swärd: Light of Pallid Amber
Conductor: Maria Goundorina
Live recording: October 6, 2011, Uppsala Cathedral

Track 5
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Participants: Berlin Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Album: Mozart: Requiem (1988)

Track 6 (new release)
Karin Rehnqvist: Davids nimm
Conductor: Fredrik Malmberg
Soloists: Hannah Holgersson, Christina Larsson Malmberg, Helena Ströberg
Live recording: March 19, 2013, Stockholm Concert Hall

Track 7
Ludvig Norman: Jordens oro viker, Op. 50
Conductor: Eric Ericson
Album: Andeliga Sånger (2012)