This year's chamber music festival had music from France as the theme. During the festival we heard music by well-known composers such as Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Camille Saint-Saëns as well as lesser-known such as Charles Koechlin, Louis Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor. There were four days with delightful French chamber music.
Katarina Karneus, mezzo-soprano
Nils-Erik Sparf: violin,
Treitler String Quartet
Kristina Winiarski: cello
The Royal Stockholm Wind Quintet,
Anna Christensson + artistic director Bengt Forsberg: piano
Thursday August 11 18:00
François Couperin (1668-1733) – Le Carillon de Cithère for harpsichord
Erik Satie (1866-1925) - Gymnopédie nr 1 for piano
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) – Three songs
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) – Sonatina for clarinet & piano, Op.100
Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) – Three cello pieces
Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894) – L’ínvitation du voyage, song with bassoon & piano
Erik Satie (1866-1925) – Two songs
Jean Françaix (1912-1997) – String trio
Henri Duparc (1848-1933) – Tre songs
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) – Violin sonata nr 1
Friday August 12 18:00
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)– Tambourin for harpsicord
Erik Satie (1866-1925) – Gnossienne nr 1
Paul Dukas (1865-1935) – Villanelle for horn & piano
Charles Koechlin (1867-1950) – Sonata for bassoon & piano, op 71
Albert Roussel (1869-1937) – Divertissement for wind quintet & piano, op 6
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) – Cortège et Litanie for piano
Théodore Max Dubois (1837-1924) – Quintet for oboe, strings & piano
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – String quartet in F
Saturday August 13 18:00
François Couperin (1668-1733) - Les Barricades Mistérieuses for harpsicord
Erik Satie (1866-1925) - Gnossienne nr 2
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) – Clair de lune, La cathédrale engloutie, La fille aux cheveux de lin
Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) – Oboe sonata
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) – D’un matin de printemps, flute & piano
Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) – Sérénade aux étoiles, flute & piano
Louis Vierne (1870-1937) - Le Soir et Legende, viola & piano
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) – Cello sonata
Charles-Marie Widor (1845-1937) – Piano quartet in A
Sunday August 14 18:00
Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683-1764) – Le Rappel des Oiseaux for harpsicord
Erik Satie (1866-1925) – Gnossienne nr 5
Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) – String quartet Ainsi la nuit
César Franck (1822-1890) – Violin sonata in A
Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) – Concerto for violin, piano & string quartet
Saturday August 20 15.00
”Tårtsväng med Pippi och Beethoven”
Children's program in Swedish with the Lönnebergakvartetten
Note! Katarina församling, Högbergsg. 15
More information about the performers
Katarina Karnéus , mezzo-soprano, won the prestigious competition Cardiff Singer of the World in 1995. The year before she had received the Christina Nilsson Scholarship. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999 as Varvara in Katya Kabanova, followed by Olga in Eugene Onegin, Siebel in Faust and Rosina in The Barber of Seville. Her Swedish breakthrough came in 2002 as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Gothenburg Opera then returned in 2011 as Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina. It took until 2009 before she made her debut at the Stockholm Opera, a pants-role in Handel's opera Xerxes. As a Lieder singer she has sung several times at Wigmore Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This is her first appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan.
Link to more information about Katarina
String trio ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen was founded in 1999 and has established itself as one of the most interesting chamber music ensembles in Sweden today. They won a Swedish Grammy in 2005 for their recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The trio's members have been the artistic directors for the chamber music series 'Äntligen måndag', (Finally Monday) in Grünewaldsalen in Stockholm's Concert Hall. In 2014 they were awarded the Musikaliska akademiens Interpretpris. Trio ZPR has appeared often in Allhelgonakyrkan, most recently in the 2015 festival, Music from the North.
Link to the trio's home page
Cecilia Zilliacus, violin, won the Soloist Prize in 1997 and 1997/98 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Swedish Radio P2. 2001/2002 she was the Rising Stars representative for Stockholm's Concert Hall.
Johanna Persson, viola, has been awarded prizes at, among others, the Rostal competition in Berlin in 1997 and has been the viola-section leader in the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra until 2013. She teaches viola and chamber music at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.
Kati Raitinen, cello, is alternating principal cellist with the Stockholm Royal Opera. She has been the guest principal cellist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the opera house in Brussels.
Nils-Erik Sparf, violin, for several decades one of Sweden's foremost musicians, has collaborated with many of Sweden's most famous performing artists. He has been concert master of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera Orchestra of Stockholm and is currently concert master of the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra as well as a member of the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and the Uppsala Chamber Soloists. He is active as a soloist and has made many CD-recordings. Since 1992 he is a member of the Royal Swedish Musical Academy. He has appeared many times at Allhelgonakyrkan, most recently in December 2013.
Treitler String Quartet is a young Swedish string quartet with a passion for sharing the rich quartet repertoire with a wide audience. Quartet members met at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and after studying abroad at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Indiana University, USA and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, reunited in Stockholm in 2012 to immerse themselves in the quartet repertoire. Since then, they have made high-profile appearances at festivals around Sweden such as Music at Lake Siljan, the Vinter Festival and Södertälje Chamber music fiestival. Concerts throughout Europe include a recital at Villa Tapiola, Helsinki, and and an upcoming recital in Conway Hall, London, in spring 2017. The Quartet's performances have made a big impression on audiences and critics, and their playful and energetic style has been likened to the legendary Freskkvartetten.
Treitler Quartet consists of Oscar Treitler, violin, Caroline W Treitler, violin, Jonna Inge, viola, Emma Beskow, cello.
Link to the quartet's home page in Swedish
The Royal Stockholm Wind Quintet was established in 2001 by solo wind players in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as a successor to the "Philharmonic Quintet" which was active in the 1960s and 1970s. Members of the current quintet are Andreas Alin, flute, Jesper Harris, oboe, Hermann Stefansson, clarinet, Jens-Christoph Lemke, bassoon and Kristofer Öberg, horn.
The quintet and Bengt Forsberg have been collaborating for years and in 2007 they released a CD with Poulenc's sextet plus music of Reich and Ligeti. They have appeared at Alhelgonakyrkan many times, most recently in the 2015 festival.
More information about the quintet
Kristina Winiarski, cello, has received scholarships from the Royal Academy of Music, Sandrew Scholarship Fund and the Freemasons in Stockholm and won a number of awards at competitions in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and the USA amd has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras internationally, including with the Zagreb Philharmonic Hall in Croatia, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the National Philharmonic in Maryland, USA, and St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra of Russia. Kristina has a keen interest in chamber music and has regularly participated in festivals, including Lyckå Chamber of Blekinge, "Next Generation Festival Bad Ragaz" in Switzerland, "Copenhagen Summer Festival" in Copenhagen, "Lienzo Norte Festival" in Avila, Spain, and the Chamber Festival in Allhelgonakyrkan in Stockholm.
Link to Kristina's home page
Anna Christensson, piano, has appeared as soloist with many Swedish orchestras in concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, Chorin, Franck, Schumann and Gershwin, for example with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic. She has appeared at most of the larger chamber music festivals in Swedens and also in the festival Messiaen08 in the Stockholm Concert Hall, the Piano Festival in Brescia, Italy, and the Chamber Music Biennial ”Young and Promising” in Västerås in 2007. She is also a member of Curious Chamber Players, an ensemble for comtemporary music. Among her recordings is a CD of Henning Mankell’s and Gösta Nystroems piano concertos and a double-CD with piano music of Henning Mankell.
Anna Christensson has previously appeared in Allhelgonakyrkan in the festival in 2010 in music of Robert and Clara Schumann.
Bengt Forsberg: piano, is the artistic director of the festival. More information can be found under About us