Ragnar Bohlin, Special Guest Conductor
"...beautiful melodies and floating, enchanting harmonies, with the gentle voices balanced against the robust tension of the strings." - New York Times
Considered one of the world's most celebrated choirs, The Swedish Radio Choir transplants their awe-inspiring a capella music to the Scandinavian heart of the U.S. The 32-member group's phenomenal expertise spans a variety of music ranging from baroque, gospel, folk, and commissioned contemporary works drawing heavily upon composers from their home country as well as the celebrated maestros of the past.
The group began in the 1940's and has served under the leadership of the famed choral conductors Eric Ericson and Tõnu Kaljuste, among others. This tour is led by conductor Ragnar Bohlin, a revered Stockholm native who also serves as choral director for the San Francisco Symphony. Bohlin is a master interpreter of the traditional Swedish repertoire as well as the contemporary choral works that make up this special program.
Swedish Radio Choir - program
Ragnar Bohlin, guest conductor
Hugo Alfven: Aftonen (Evening) - timing 3:30
Ned Rorem: In time of pestilence (9:30)
Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (8:00)
Sven David Sandström: Lobet den Herrn (6:30)
JS Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neus Lied, BWV. 225 (for double chorus) (12:30)
Anders Hillborg: Mouyiyuom (12:00)
Frank Martin: Mass for double chorus (30:00)
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.
Special support provided by the American Swedish Institute.
Sponsored by Classical Minnesota Public Radio.