Conductor Fredrik Malmberg
Andreas Hallén (1846–1925): Philharmonie (1891)
Maija Einfelde (*1939): Three poems by F. Barda (2003)
II. Vakars (Evening)
Sven-Erik Bäck (1919–1994): Natten är framskriden (1959)
Arvo Pärt (*1939): Kanon pokajanen (1997)
Åke Malmfors (1918–1951): Wiegenlied – Scherzlied (1944) (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Cyrillus Kreek (1889–1962): Psalms of David (1923)
Õnnis on inimine Happy is the man
Andris Dzenītis (*1978): Four Madrigals by E.E. Cummings (2000)
II. I carry your heart
Gösta Nyström (1890–1966): Tre havsvisioner (1956) (E. Lindqvist)
II. Vid havet
Sven-David Sandström (*1942): Der Geist hilft (2008) (M. Luther, Room. 8:26-27)
Inspired by the sea and the horizon, this programme brings together composers from around our shared inland sea, the Baltic Sea. In time, the repertoire extends from Hallén in the 19th century to Sandström in the present day. This year marks the centenary of the birth of Swedish composer Sven-Erik Bäck, whose rich output is represented here with his pioneering motets. Malmfors left a marked impression on Swedish choral music despite his untimely death. The music of Nyström is also a self-evident inclusion in a programme about the sea.
The opposite shore of the Baltic, Estonia, is represented here with music from different traditions: the sombre solemnity of Kreek’s Psalms of David and the Orthodox mood of Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen. Latvian composers Einfelde and Dzenītis embody the strong Baltic choral tradition in their music. The Baltic Sea is a sea of song!
Eric Ericson Chamber Choir was founded in 1945 by then 27-year-old Eric Ericson, and has since taken a central position in the Swedish and international music scene. Eric Ericson and his choir’s great interest in always finding new music and exploring new areas makes the ensemble’s repertoire very wide to this day: from early music to the latest and newly composed. For generations of Swedish and international composers, the choir has been an ideal ensemble with its typical “Nordic” sound and consistent virtuosity.