CONDUCTOR ERIK WESTBERG
The Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble was formed in 1993 and consists of 16–20 singers. The members of the Ensemble work as soloists, church musicians and music teachers and come from northern Sweden and Finland. The Ensemble has commissioned and premiered about 40 works by composers such as Gunnar Eriksson, Paul af Malmborg Ward, Tebogo Monnakgotla, Jan Sandström, Sven-David Sandström and Arvo Pärt. The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation has, in close collaboration with the Ensemble, sent several live performances, both in Sweden and throughout Europe.
The Ensemble has undertaken over 20 tours to North and South America, Europe and Asia. A particularly notable engagement was the project Choral Singing for Peace and Justice with a tour to Tonga and Samoa at the turn of the millennium, seen by the largest television audience ever.
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.