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Bergman - Choral Works 1936-2000


2-disc set
In his later years often described as the grand old man of Finnish modernism, Erik Bergman(1911–2006) was among the first in Finland to use compositional methods such as twelve-tone technique, serial music, choral Sprechgesang and aleatory counterpoint. His speciality was choral music, and a large part of his huge production involves a choir in some form.&&& This recording focuses primarily on his works for mixed choir that have not appeared on disc before, and gives a broad picture of his production for the medium over a period of more than 60 years.
Born to a Swedish-speaking family, many of Bergman’s settings were of poems in Swedish, but he was a true internationalist and this two-disc set also includes works with texts in Italian, Norwegian, English, German, and, naturally, Finnish. These are here performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir, Finland’s only professional chamber choir, under its artistic director Nils Schweckendiek.
 
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Disc 1
  Petrarca-Suite, Op. 118 15'18
01 I. S’amor non è (No. 132) 3'11
02 II. Benedetto sia’l giorno (No. 61) 3'18
03 III. Stiamo, Amor! (No. 192) 3'29
04 IV. I’vo piangendo (No. 365) 5'20
 
  Gudarnas spår, Op. 88 10'27
05 I. Vi äro alla hemlösa vandrare... 3'24
06 II. Ack, att fönster se och väggar minnas... 3'10
07 III. Gudarna gå genom livet... 3'53
 
08 Vestenvinden, Op. 73a 2'42
 
  Lamento - Burletta 4'54
09 I. Lamento 2'47
10 II. Burletta 2'07
 
  from Four Songs for mixed chorus, Op. 38a 3'25
11 Barnet travar 1'17
12 Filmmanuskript 1'03
13 En vårvisa 1'05
 
14 Mitt träd är pinjen, Op. 12 No. 5 1'52
 
  Four Songs for mixed chorus, Op. 44b 5'00
15 1. Akvarell 1'18
16 2. Opera comique 0'48
17 3. En visa 1'14
18 4. Barnvers 1'40
 
19 Psalm, Op.50a 1'56
 
20 Springtime, Op.60 3'50
 
21 Vårt land, Op.146 6'33
 
 
Disc 2
  Nein zur Lebensangst, Op.120 8'00
01 I. Allein aber nicht isoliert 1'54
02 II. Gefühlsausdruck statt Gefühlspanzerung 3'53
03 III. Vergeben statt beschuldigen 2'13
 
04 Hommage à Béla Bartók, Op.132 6'09
 
05 Sommarnatt (1945) 2'36
 
06 Nu är sommarn här 1'28
 
07 Skärgårdsgossens visa (arr.) 1'53
 
08 Den vän jag älskat haver jag nu mist (arr.) 2'20
 
09 Och gossen gick sig ut i morgonstund (arr.) 1'51
 
  Tyttöset 7'47
10 I. Läksin minä kesäyönä käymään 4'32
11 II. Karjankutsu 1'50
12 III. Heippatiralla 1'25
 
13 Väinämöinen, Op.147 23'45
 
  Album total 112'03
BaritoneNieminen, Markus
Wallén, Herman
ChoirHelsinki Chamber Choir
ConductorSchweckendiek, Nils
AltoPaavola, Tuula
Rintamäki, Sirkku
Tollet, Susanna
NarratorEklundh, Riko
Haapaniemi, Sampo
Wallén, Herman
SopranoAntola, Iida
Komsi, Piia
TenorKatajala, Tuomas
Lehtola, Jarno
BassMaasalo, Valter

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