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Program

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867−1942) - Four songs over poems by August Strindberg
Emil Sjögren (1863-1918) - Aftonstämning < På vandring, six fantasies for piano op. 15, nr 6
Yrjö Kilpinen (1892-1959) - Lieder um den Tod, Op. 62

Intermission

Agatha Backer Grøndahl (1847-1907) - Serenade < three piano pieces op. 15 nr 1
Ture Rangström (1884−1947) - Andante espressivo < Spelmansvår
and preludium for piano nr 2 in c-sharp minor
Ur Kung Eriks visor

Encore

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) - Jeg elsker dig

Artists

Gabriel Suovanen, baritone and Bengt Forsberg, piano

Information about the artists

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Photo: Erik Rundelius

Gabriel Suovanen, baritone, studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Opera School in Stockholm. He has appeared on many of the major international opera and concert scenes. At the National Opera in Helsinki, he performed Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte and Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème. He also has guested the Liceu Opera in Barcelona, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Oslo Opera.
At the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Suovanen has been featured in the title role of Alban Bergs Wozzeck, Gunther in Wagner's Götterdamerung, Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pajazzo and Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème. He has also appeared in Drottningholm's theater and in the Gothenburg Opera.. Suovanen has often guested the Komische Oper in Berlin, where he performed Papageno, Don Giovanni and Eugen Onegin.
Gabriel Suovanen was awarded first prize in the Timo Mustakallio competition in 1998 and in 2000 he was awarded the newly founded Karita Mattila award as the first prize winner. This is his first appearance in Allhelgoakyrkan.

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Photo: Arto Tulima

Bengt Forsberg, piano, is one of Sweden's foremost pianists. Among his regular partners are mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, cellist Andreas Brantelid and violinists Cecilia Zilliacus and Nils-Erik Sparf. As a soloist, Bengt has performed with the Stockholm Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony. He has also given solo recitals in, among other places, London's Wigmore Hall. Bengt is also an adjunct professor in piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Bengt has released a large number of CDs, not least with Anne Sofie von Otter, several of which have received major international awards, such as Grammy and Gramophon's Recording of the Year. In recent years, Bengt has released prized discs with female composers, "Neglected works for piano", works for violin and piano by Carl Nielsen together with Cecilia Zilliacus, cello music by Fauré with Andreas Brantelid, English music for altfiol with Ellen Nisbeth and together with Cecilia Zilliacus and Sabina Bisholt a CD with music by Amanda Maier.