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Image Gustaf Adolf och Ebba Brahe (2CD)

VECKANS SKIVA 6 JUNI - 13 JUNI

Recording from the performance of the first modern revival at Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Stockholm, June 7th, 1973. Dramatic opera in three acts composed in 1787 by Georg Joseph (Abbe) Vogler. The libretto was written by Johan Henric Kellgren after a play by King Gustaf III. The year 1613. The war between Sweden and Denmark is drawing to a crucial point. The young and rather new King Gustaf II Adolf is in the field while Ebba Brahe, whom he adored ever since he was a child, is a lady-in-waiting to the Dowager Queen Kristina. Ebba and Gustaf Adolf intend marrying as soon as he got home, but the Dowager Queen disapprove their plans, and instead wants the King to find a royal bride. To prevent the marriage, she tries to get Ebba to doubt his love and fidelity, and intrigues. Eventually she gets Ebba marrying Admiral Jacob De la Gardie instead, and when the King shortly after return from the decisive battle against Denmark, he stands before the fait accompli. In his despair, he is considering to seek death, but is persuaded by his people continuing to lead them as a fatherly, wise and diligent King. The King realizes that duty and people's love is greater and more important than his own personal happiness. Gustaf Adolf reconciled with Ebba and congratulate the bride and groom.

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Image The Swedish Smorgasbord in Orchestral Music (2CD)

RELEASE 2021-07-02

This is a collection of Swedish orchestral recordings, originally released on LP and now transferred to new mediums. The music spans the Baroque era of Johan Agrell through to the mid-20th century of Bo Linde. There are many premiere recordings here, including Peterson-Berger’s May Carnival in Stockholm, an exciting work celebrating the end of winter and the Stockholm Spring. Other highlights are Erik Saedéns wonderful singing of the Peterson-Berger ballads, the brooding Romanticism of Adolf Wiklund’s Symphonic Prologue, and the timeless melodies of Lars-Erik Larsson long appreciated by Swedish audiences. Hugo Alfvén’s short piece, part of a cantata, was said to be the composer’s own favorite composition. Varied and rich, as it should be - a Smörgåsbord of Swedish orchestral music.

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Image Introducing Sterling Records
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Image Nordic Master Composers
Of her newest release, Maria Kihlgren writes: “My earlier albums, with the exception of a personal portrait recorded in 1990, have special themes. One of them, Music from the Mediterranean (Sterling CDA 1664-2), contains music by composers from countries bordering on the Mediterranean. Another, Romantic Silhouettes is a cross-section through a century of Romantic music by composers from central Europe. The present album, Nordic Master Composers, includes four major works by some of the Nordic countries’ top composers. As I live in that part of the world myself, it felt right to make a record of Nordic music – even if no Icelandic works are featured. All the composers are different in character, but they still have a musical style in common.

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Image Tosca
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Image A Great Primadonna Vol. 4 (2CD)
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Image Concert Piece; Violin Concerto No. 2; Dances from
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Image Songs to Harp from the Old and New World
A harp creates completely different overtones than a grand piano, which makes a big difference between singing with the accompaniment of a harp, and a grand piano. The singer has to adjust the ears to a completely different sound that partly supports the song well, but also makes it difficult for the singer to intonate; the singer is more vulnerable than with a piano accompaniment. The harp’s design makes it hard for the harpist to quickly make key changes and modulations, that for a pianist is natural, or even simple. Sometimes the key has to be adapted to the harp’s capability. A good and direct communication between singer and accompanist is always essential, regardless of accompaniment. Even a flexible and sensitive harpist can experience more difficulties to shift tempo than a pianist, forcing the singer to phrase different than singing to the piano or guitar. However, such difficulties must be tackled and afterwards the cooperation can be rewarded with an emergence of a magical atmosphere. Since the harpist Stina Hellberg Agback is also a skillful improviser, another dimension is added, here in the songs by George Gershwin.

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Image Lieder (2CD)
The present release features a selection of Lieder by composer Joachim Raff. “Despite the abundance and the high quality of Joachim Raff’s songs, this part of his composition is little known and documented – in contrast to his instrumental works, which are recorded several times. Raff’s songwriting is still hardly a subject of music-historical research. We very much hope and wish that this recording, which consists exclusively of premieres, can interest somebody in Raff’s songs – so that we more often can find them in concerts!” (Hedayet Jonas Djeddikar & Johannes Wedeking)

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Image Lars Sellergren Plays, Vol. 6 - Schubert, Schumann
The Swedish pianist Lars Sellergren (1927–2008) studied with Olof Wibergh in Stockholm 1946–1952 and Bruno Seidlhofer in Vienna 1952–1954. In 1952 he received the Jenny Lind Award and also made his début as a pianist. He was an experienced piano pedagogue, teaching at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm from 1963 to 1993, becoming a titular professor in 1982. With violinist Leo Berlin and cellist Åke Olofsson he founded the Stockholm Trio (1957–1986). From 1950 to 1967 he gave regular concerts including a very large number of radio and TV broadcasts. He was active in musicians’ professional organizations and in politics, among them as a member of the Stockholm County Council and on the board of Rikskonserter [the Swedish Concert Institute]. He took up broadcasting again in 1975 and returned to the concert platform. Lars Sellergren made his last radio recording in 1999 (Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier), and in 2007 he held a Master class at the Örebro University College of Music entitled “Med musiken i centrum – om pianospelets hemligheter” [“Centered on the music – about the secrets of piano playing”].

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Image The Art of Singing - A Tribute to David Björling,
“When my Father Jussi was chosen as the 20th century’s leading male opera singer by English music critics at the turn of the century, we felt great joy and pride in the family. From my very early age I experienced singing and music at home, but most of all, I remember visiting the Opera house when Father sang. As soon as Father began to sing, I recognized him, it was easy. He sounded ‘different’ than the rest of the ensemble. My Father was in his early 30s and had then been singing for 25 years. Already at the age of four to five, my Father and his brothers began to learn the essentials of the art of singing under my grandfather David’s solid guidance. I have spent a great deal of my life exploring the secrets of the Italian bel canto, conveyed by David and my Father, and I have reached the conclusion that there are no secrets; it is just the natural voice that has to be heard, free from settings and so-called tone formation.” (Lars Björling)

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Image Salome (2CD)
Richard Strauss’ Salome, adapted from the play by Oscar Wilde, first premiered on December 9th, 1905. The opera shocked audiences due to its themes which blend the violent and erotic within a Christian biblical setting. It centers around the death of John the Baptist and is famous for its ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’. Laila Andersson-Palme was born in 1941 and moved to Stockholm in 1960. She was immediately accepted in the solo class at the Royal College of Music and began to perform in small roles at the Opera. After a student concert in 1963 where she sang Violetta’s aria in La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, she was directly engaged on a scholarship. Eventually her voice developed in a dramatic direction. Following a hugely successful career often singing Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, in various roles, in 1985 she was appointed Court singer in 1985 and was elected in 1997as member no. 913 of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8
In 1976, Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist composed a piece, Sisu, for the six musicians in the Stockholm percussion ensemble. A few years later, the ensemble was transformed and took the name Kroumata. Sisu became one of the regular works in the ensemble’s repertoire. They also recorded it. Lundquist then got the idea to compose a larger work for orchestra where he would include the Kroumata ensemble. The result was the eighth symphony, which he began in 1989 and completed in 1992. He called the new symphony, Kroumata Symphony. Lundquist, however, keenly stressed that the eighth symphony, although Kroumata has an important part, is not a percussion concerto but a true symphony. The symphony was premiered in Malmö, with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Kroumata in 2002. It became a posthumous performance. Two years earlier, Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist had passed away. The first performance was led by B. Tommy Andersson and is the one on this release. The fifth symphony was completed in 1980. It is for a smaller orchestra with just double woodwinds, two trumpets, two trombones, percussion and strings. It is dedicated to Halmstad Chamber Orchestra, which premiered it in February 1980. The fifth symphony is much more classical in its structure than Lundquist's previous symphonies. The symphony has three movements. Lundquist aptly called it Die Wienerische, probably not so much referring to the city of Vienna, as to the formally structured Viennese classical music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. There are no Viennese waltzes to find here, but an elaborated structure of a classic sonata. (Curt Carlsson, 2020)

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Image Am I Born, then I'll be Living
In Sweden Carl Michael Bellman (1740–1795) hardly requires any introduction. He is regarded as Sweden’s foremost national poet. Even children at school learn several of his songs. In Fredman’s Epistles, Bellman uses the New Testament as a basis. The drunkard, former royal watchmaker Jean Fredman has the leading role as a kind of a contemporary St. Paul sending epistles to the persistent drinkers at Stockholm’s taverns. Fredman preaches that we should make the most of the moment. The early epistles have many traits of parodying the Bible. The personage in Fredman’s Epistlar is large. Most of them have been identified as real people in Stockholm, such as Fredrik Movitz, Eric Nordström and Lorenz Mollberg. The role model of Ulla Winblad was Maja Christina Kiellström-Winblad. The performers have also chosen to include five youth poems, several of them never issued before. Stina Hellberg Agback, harp, Jonas Isaksson, guitar and lute and Andreas Nyberg, violin, have answered for the varied accompaniment.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 2 & 9
His first contact with music, Torbjörn got at the age of three when his father Iwan brought home a gramophone and played the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt. It made an indelible impression on Torbjörn and already at the age of four, he had taken interest in his mother Ester’s inherited piano. When the Soviet army marched into Prague in 1968 Torbjörn got the impulse to complete the Symphony No. 2 (for freedom), already commenced at the time of the 1956 Hungary crisis, but not completed then due to lack of time. He was now an established composer, and the piece was well received at the première with Malmö Symphony Orchestra under his own direction in 1971. Torbjörn Iwan fell ill in the spring of 1993 with cancer, and life and composing slowed down. He had since his move to the provinces less contact with the music scene in Stockholm and now it ceased almost completely. All available strength was used to complete the rediscovered symphony he surprisingly had found in his archive, which originally was intended to become number 5, but now was numbered 9. The symphony, which he called Survival after a series of successful treatments for the disease, and the song cycles Chamber Music to texts by James Joyce and Pour l’éternité to texts by Jean-Luc Caron were his last completed works. At his passing, an unfinished score of the Symphony No. 10 and another try with the Sarek symphony were found on his desk. [Dag Lundquist]

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Image St. Sigfrids Officium - Celebremus Karissimi
During the Middle Ages the legend of Saint Sigfrid was related on Saint Sigfrid’s Day, the 15th of February. It was reported how he by difficult paths arrived in Småland as a missionary; upon his death he was buried in Växjö. The legend was presented in words and music in the form of an Office, that is, the services which in a monastic context – as was the case at Växjö Cathedral during the Middle Ages – were spread evenly throughout the day. This combination of recitation from the saint’s legend and chants about the saint is called an Office or historia. There are many possibilities about how to interpret Gregorian chant today, just as there was in the Middle Ages. The ensemble Gemma strives for a flexible, text-based song where the accentuation of the words forms the foundation for the melodic line. In this recording we have used a pronunciation of the Latin as it is believed to have sounded during the High Middle Ages in Sweden. Three of the antiphons have been performed with psalmody, in order to some extent highlight the most important task of the Office: The weekly recitation of the 150 psalms from the Old Testament’s Book of Psalms and the cantica from the New Testament. With this recording of excerpts from the Sigfrid Office, we wish to invite the listener to participate in the rich world represented by the medieval Office repertoire, and to offer an audio selection from Swedish music history.

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Image Benedetto Marcello (2CD)
This new release features a recording from the world premiere performance of the opera in Metzingen Stadthalle, Bad Urach, Germany, October 4th, 2002. The opera is set in Venice in 1727. In the house of Marcello, a musician and poet, two of his pupils Rosana and Faustina wait for their teacher who is late for their singing lesson. Marcello at last arrives, apologizes, and announces that instead of their lessons he wants them to sing for a guest of his, the famous composer Adolph Hasse, from Germany. Rosana sings first: a sad song about unrequited love. Hasse praises her warmly for singing from the heart, whereas Marcello is just puzzled by her sudden ability to find the correct tone. Faustina immediately recognizes that Rosana is singing about her love for Marcello and is irritated that he cannot see it himself. She then sings a joyful song about a nightingale, which leaves both Hasse and Marcello captivated. Hasse expresses his profound admiration for Marcello and she invites him to accompany her to a party that evening. Faustina is preparing for the evening and her thoughts turn to Hasse, and she realizes that she loves him. Hasse has quietly arrived and, overhearing her soliloquy, immediately tells Faustina that he has fallen in love with her too. Marcello, masked, arrives and stands outside Faustina’s rooms, consumed with love for her and intending to sing her a serenade. He hears the gondola bearing Faustina and Hasse approaching, and jealously listens to their loving conversation. Hiding while they enter her apartment, he vows revenge on Hasse. Marcello wants to pick a quarrel and both men draw their swords. Faustina, who has heard the commotion outside, opens her balcony window, sees the events below and collapses with a scream. Hasse leaves, telling Marcello that he may keep his life as a pledge of their friendship…

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Image Songs for Voice and Piano
Albert Rubenson has been described variously as ‘a Swedish Grieg’ and as Sweden’s first national romanticist. With his few, but high quality works in the symphonic genre and his activity as a visionary music critic, he is one of the 19th century’s more interesting individuals in Swedish music life. This programme from soprano Caroline Gentele and Victoria Power showcases his songs for voice and piano. Caroline Gentele studied at Opera Studio 67 in Stockholm from 1993 to 1997. She made her stage debut during the summer of 1994 as Barbarina in Mozart’s ”Le Nozze di Figaro” at Confidencen, Ulriksdal Palace Theatre. Possibly her most critically acclaimed role is The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s ” Die Zauberflöte”. She has sung this role at the Ulriksdal Palace Theatre in 2000, Ystad’s Theatre, Drottningholms Slottsteater and at the Royal Opera. At Folkoperan she has sung the roles of Barbarina in Mozarts ”Le Nozze di Figaro”, Flora in Verdi's ”La Traviata” and Sivan in Sven David Sandströms opera ”Jeppe på Berget”. Caroline received very warm and favorable reviews for her role as Adèle the chambermaid in Strauss’ ”Die Fledermaus” both at the Kristina Theatre Sigtuna in and touring once again with the Riksteatern

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Image Symphonies
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Image The Wilfred Owen Songs
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Image Blenda
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Image Nils Holgerssons underbara resa; Gösta Berlings sa
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Image The Art of Singing: Tribute to David Björling, Vol
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Image About every Hill and Valley
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