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Bengt Forsberg's yearly piano concert between Christmas and New Year was guested by the wonderful cellist, Andreas Brantelid.

Program

Nikolaj Mjaskovskij (1881-1950) - Cello sonata nr 1 in D op. 12
Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) - Three pieces for cello and piano

Mélodi op. 20:1
Sérénade Espagnole op. 20:2
Chant du Ménestrel op. 71

... Intermission ...

Nikolaj Mjaskovskij - Cello sonata nr 2 a-moll op. 81

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - Final choral from cantata nr 22
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) - Drømmen om 'Glade jul', CNW 85
Howard Ferguson (1908-1999) - 2 Irish folksongs
Percy Grainger (1882-1961) -The Sussex mummers' Christmas carol
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) - Andantino
J.S. Bach - Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614
J.S. Bach - Jesu bleibet meine Freude from cantata nr 147

Performers

Andreas Brantelid, cello and Bengt Forsberg, piano

More information about the artists

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Andreas Brantelid Photo: Marios Taramides

Andreas Brantelid, made his concert debut at the age of 14 in Elgar's cello concert together with Det Kongelige Kapel in Copenhagen. Since then he has performed as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia and with many other European orchestras. In 2006 Andreas won the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, the following year the Paulo International Cello Competition and Borletti Buitoni Lita Fellowship in 2008. He has been a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in New York and the BBC's New Generation Artist.

Andreas plays on "Boni-Hegar" Stradivarius from 1707, loaned by "Sveaas Foundation". He played for the first time in Allhelgonakyrkan while in his teens and has since returned many times, usually together with his godfather Bengt Forsberg. In 2015, they performed all of Fauré's works for cello and piano, then recorded on CD, and the evening's work, Mjaskovsky's cello sonatas, will also be recorded on CD. Andreas appeared last in Allhelgonakyrkan at this year's summer festival "Brahms and his friends".

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Bengt Forsberg Photo: Arto Tulima

Bengt Forsberg, piano, is one of Sweden's most well-known pianists, especially in the chamber music field. Among his regular partners are the mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, the cellist Andreas Brantelid and the violinists Cecilia Zilliacus and Nils-Erik Sparf. During his years as artistic director of KVAH Bengt has presented a variety of both established and young talented musicians. As a soloist, Bengt has performed with, among others, the Royal Philharmonic and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He has also given solo recitals in many venues, including London's renowned Wigmore Hall.
Bengt has released a large number of CDs, not least with Anne Sofie von Otter, several of which have received international awards, such as Grammy and Gramophone's Recording of the Year. In recent years, Bengt has recorded CDs with music by female composers, "Neglected works for piano", works for violin and piano by Carl Nielsen together with Cecilia Zilliacus, cello works by Fauré with Andreas Brantelid and English music for viola with Ellen Nisbeth. Together with Cecilia Zilliacus and singer Sabina Bisholt there have been several CDs with music by Amanda Maier. In May 2018, Bengt's recording "Amanda & Julius - Works for piano by Amanda Maier and Julius Röntgen" was selected by BBC Music as the month's recording of music for solo instruments.
Bengt Forsberg is KVAH's artistic director and has been responsible for the chamber music series in Allhelgonakyrkan for more than 30 years.