THE VOCAL ENSEMBLE
CONDUCTOR ERIK WESTBERG
15.00 Studio Acusticum, Piteå
UNM är festival som sedan 1946 inriktat sig på att lyfta fram musik skapad av unga kompositörer från Sverige, Danmark, Finland, Norge och Island.
Vokalensemblen kommer att framföra musik av bland annat Juliana Hodkinson och Jan Sandström.
Erik Westberg (b. 1956) studied choral conducting with Maestro Eric Ericson at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1976–1987.
He has been the leader of numerous choirs, including the YMCA choir in Stockholm and the Oslo Philharmonic Choir, and he has also been guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir. Internationally Erik Westberg has been engaged as guest conductor for Pro Coro Canada, Coro Nacional de España, Coro Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and Jauna Muzika, Lithuania. He has also been Artist-In-Residence at Wollongong University, Australia.
The Erik Westberg's vocalensembles meeting with the artist / composer Frode Fjellheim makes me think "more, more, more." The Sami artist - who made the success of the festival Pitepeople together with, among others, Katarina Barruk - participates with all three works and it is a joy to hear His marvelous natural splendor meets the finesse of the vocalensemble, suggestive and powerful are no exaggeration words for what we get to hear when chanting chorus floats forward over Daniel Saur's frame drum and Fjellheim's sleepy synonyms in "A sister from the north". that this composer delivers music to Disney is fully logical.
On all previous records that I have heard with the Swedish Erik Westberg's vocal ensemble, I have always been impressed by the healthy sound, the statute of the voices and the purity of the presentation of the mighty demanding repertoire. The latest record, Chorus Gloriosus, with an even more niche repertoire than before - contemporary church music - is no exception. Occasionally, the choir has a more obscure role than before (in favor of the organ and the soloists), but everything that is sung is done with impressive high quality and the selected pieces consistently have a high standard.