Elin and Bengt presented a selection of the music that had been selected by KVAH members and others during the festival.
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) - < Moments musicaux op. 94 D. 780
Richard Strauss (1864–1949) - 3 songs:
Morgen! op.27:4 TrV 170 (1894) (John Henry Mackay),
Ständchen op. 17:2 TrV 149:II (1886) (Adolf Friedrich von Schack),
Allerseelen op. 10:8 TrV 141 (1885) (Hermann von Gilm)
Ludwig van Beethoven(1770–1827) - Adagio sostenuto < Piano sonata nr. 14 in c-minor op. 27:2 Sonata quasi una fantasia ”Moonlight sonata”
Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) - 2 songs:
Og jeg vil ha mig en hjertenskjær op. 60:5 < Digte (Vilhelm Krag)
Jeg elsker dig! op. 5:3 < Hjertets melodier (Hans Christian Andersen)
Claude Debussy (1862–1918) - 2 preludes:
Flickan med linhåret/La fille aux cheveux de lin, nr. 8 < bok I
Den sjunkna katedralen/La cathédrale engloutie, nr. 10 < bok I
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759) - ”Lascia ch’io pianga”, Almirena's aria < akt II av Rinaldo HWV 7 (1711) (Giacomo Rossi)
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) - Impromptu in G sharp op. 90:3 D. 899:3
Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871–1927) - 3 songs:
Stjärnöga op. 20:1 < Five songs (Bo Bergman),
Fylgia op. 16:4 < Four Swedish songs (Gustaf Fröding),
Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte op. 4:1 < Idyll och epigram (Johan Ludvig Runeberg)
Fantasi in b-minor op 11:1
Kurt Weill (1900–1950) - 3 songs:
Youkali (1934) (Roger Fernay), Nannas Lied (1939) (Bertolt Brecht), Je ne t’aime pas (1934) (Maurice Magre)
Robert Schumann (1810–1856) Aufschwung, nr. 2 < Fantasiestücke op. 12
Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990) Glitter and be Gay, aria < Candide (Richard Wilbur)
Encore: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) - Magda's aria < La Rondine
Elin Rombo, soprano and Bengt Forsberg, piano
More information about the artists
Elin Rombo studied at the Brandon University Queen Elisabeth II in Canada and the University College of Opera in Stockholm, where she graduated in 2003. Already during her studies she made her debut as Christa in The Makropoulos Case at the Royal Swedish Opera. In 2009 Elin Rombo received the prestigious Birgit Nilsson Scholarship. In November 2013 she was named Court Singer and in 2016 she was awarded the medal Litteris et Artibus by the Swedish King.
Elin Rombo sings Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier this season at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and appeared as Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe on the same stage. Elin will begin next season at the opera in Warsaw where she sings Roxane in Szymanowski’s King Roger which will be followed by the same role in Stockholm. This will be her first appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan.
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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 viola with Ellen Nisbeth and together with Cecilia Zilliacus and Sabina Bisholt a CD with music by Amanda Maier. In Mayj 2018 Bengt's CD ”Amanda & Julius – Works for piano by Amanda Maier och Julius Röntgen” was chosen by the newspaper BBC Music as that month's music for solo instrument.
Bengt Forsberg is KVAH's artistic director and has been responsible for the chambe music series at Allhelgonakyrkan for over 30 years.