The Swedish Radio Choir’s American tour lands in the Twin Cities on Friday, and the appearance is highly anticipated by vocal music enthusiasts. The 32-member a cappella ensemble is among the world’s best, with a pedigree that has spanned most of the 20th century and into the current decade.
The program includes Frank Martin’s great masterpiece, his 30-minute Mass for double choir that was composed back in the 1920s, but didn’t get performed for some 40 years. Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker, found it mesmerizing. “It sounds like a Renaissance mass lost in time,” he wrote.
Another major work on the program is Bach’s “Singet dem Herm ein neus Lied,” written for double chorus without accompaniment. To hear an excerpt with a string accompaniment added, go here.
Anders Hillborg’s “Mouyiyuom,” a wordless piece that rumbles with bass inflection, is the third “big” work on the program, which also includes works by Ned Rorem and Mahler, among others.
The choir is being conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, a Stockholm native who currently directs the chorus for the San Francisco Symphony. Go here to read an interview with Bohlin prior to the choir’s recent performance in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Swedish Radio Choir, Friday, Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. Tickets are being sold by the Northrop Ticket Office at the university.