Erik Eriksson

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Music critic, writer, lecturer, and symphony narrator Erik Eriksson has been engaged in classical music and jazz analysis since beginning a 12-year career in broadcasting at age 17. Now classical and…
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Music critic, writer, lecturer, and symphony narrator Erik Eriksson has been engaged in classical music and jazz analysis since beginning a 12-year career in broadcasting at age 17. Now classical and jazz critic for Metropolitan Newspapers in Wisconsin, he spent most of his life in the Chicago area where he attended Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts, opera at Chicago's Lyric Opera and jazz in clubs now long since shuttered. In the early days of his radio program, he welcomed such guests as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Birgit Nilsson, Boris Christoff, Hans Hotter, Jeffrey Siegel, Christa Ludwig and John Shirley-Quirk. For the past decade, he has covered classical music events in Northeast Wisconsin, frequently venturing to Chicago, New York and the West Coast to write about important events.

In addition to writing reviews and two regular newspaper columns, Erik is editor of an arts and ecology journal, lectures frequently, gives pre-concert programs and performs as narrator for works ranging from Stravinsky and Britten to Marvin Hamisch.

He is a member of Music Critics Association of North America and the Jazz Journalists Association.

Favorite recordings? Far too many to mention, but, among them, a few are treasured highly. The Bayreuth Parsifal and Die Götterdämmerung from 1951 (Teldec 76047 and Testament 4175, respectively), a recent reissue of Astrid Varnay's Deutsche Grammophon studio recordings from the 1950s (DGG 474410), Benjamin Britten's wonderful recording of Purcell's The Fairy Queen (London 433163), the Schwarzkopf/Hotter/Sawallisch recording of Strauss's Capriccio (Angel 67391), John Browning's recital of Samuel Barber solo works for piano (Master Masters 67122) and Kurt Sanderling's Brahms symphonies (Eurodisc 69220). Also included would be various recital discs by Schwarzkopf, Ludwig Weber, Rosa Ponselle, Hans Hotter, Ian Bostridge, Fritz Kreisler, and Nathan Milstein.