Anniversary Compilation #2 – In light and dark

The introduction in the 1970s to Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s intense music-drama relationship with early music changed the EEKK forever. From Hans Werner Henze’s music for Orpheus, Eric Ericson kneads out a dark, dramatic male choral sound, which he delightfully contrasts with Wikander’s bright, early-spring meditation. Benjamin Britten’s long-forgotten A.M.D.G., seven sacred contemplations, is presented by Olof Boman before Anders Eliasson’s expansive fresco of Tomas Tranströmer’s poem fills the air. Judith Weir restores balance and reconnects with Britten. Anders Hillborg leaves the palpable behind and sails into a sea of minimalist sound.

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Track 1
Georg Friedrich Händel: from Messiah, And the glory of the Lord
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Album: Messiah (1983)

Track 2
Hans Werner Henze: from Orpheus behind the wire, IV. It was Changed
Conductor: Eric Ericson
Album: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir (2006)

Track 3
David Wikander: Förvårskväll (Spring evening)
Conductor: Eric Ericson
Album: Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 1 (2000)

Track 4-10 (new release)
Benjamin Britten: A.M.D.G
Conductor: Olof Boman
Live recording: February 25.  2010, Stockholm Concert Hall

Track 11
Anders Eliasson: Andrum (juli)
Conductor: Eric Ericson
Album: Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 3 (2011)

Track 12 (new release)
Judith Weir: Love Bade Me Welcome
Conductor: Fredrik Malmberg
Studio recording: September 15, 2020

Track 13
Anders Hillborg: Mouyayoum
Conductor: Eric Ericson
Album: Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 3 (2011)

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