Erik Bergman - Choral Works 1936-2000 | BIS BIS2252

Erik Bergman - Choral Works 1936-2000


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2252

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd June 2017



In his later years he was often described as the grand old man of Finnish modernism; Erik Bergman was among the first in Finland to use compositional methods such as twelve-tone technique, serialism, 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 Bergmanís 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. They are performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir, Finlandís only professional chamber choir, under its artistic director Nils Schweckendiek.

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