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Mirrors of absence


Svante Henryson (f 1963) - Song cycle based on ‘Frånvarons speglar’,
poems by Faraj Bayrakdar

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

  • Herbst, D. 945
  • Der Lindenbaum, nr 5 < Winterreise op.89, D.911
  • Der Wanderer op. 4:1, D.489 (prev D. 493)
  • Fantasi in C for piano (Wandererfantasin) op.15, D.760


Ivonne Fuchs, mezzo-soprano, Anna Christensson, piano

More information about the artists

Ivonne Fuchs, mezzo soprano, has performed both the role of Amastre and that of Xerxes in Händel's Xerxes at Artipelag under the direction of Jean-Christophe Spinosi. In the summer of 2015, Ivonne again played Amastre at the Versailles Opera and in the spring of 2016 she participated in a series of concerts in Barcelona and Moscow with the same role, along with Ensemble Matheus. She has performed as a soloist with conductors like Frans Brüggen, Helmuth Rilling and Tonu Kaljuste. As a romance singer, she regularly collaborates with the pianist Anna Christensson and has performed at chamber music festivals such as Båstad, Music at Siljan and here at Allhelgonakyrkan in the festival 2013.
Link to Ivonne's home page

Anna Christensson , piano, has appeared as a soloist with many Swedish orchestras in concerts by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Franck, Schumann and Gershwin, for example with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic. She has performed at most major chamber music festivals in Sweden and has also participated in the Messiaen08 festival in Stockholm Concert Hall, the Piano Festival in Brescia, Italy, and the chamber music biennial "Young and Promising" in Västerås 2007. She is also a member of Curious Chamber Players, an ensemble for contemporary chamber music. Among her recordings is a CD of Henning Mankell's and Gösta Nystroem's piano concerts and a double-cd with piano music by Henning Mankell.
Anna Christensson has previously appeared in Allhelgonakyrkan during the 2010 festival in music by Robert and Clara Schumann and the festival of 2016 with French music.
Link to Anna's home page

Faraj Bayrakdar was born in the village Tir near Homs in central Syria. He debuted in 1979 in his home country, where he published two poems, You are not alone (Beirut, 1979), and Golsorkhi (1981), before being arrested in 1987 by the Syrian intelligence service. He was kept isolated and subjected to torture for 14 years. After a major international campaign, he was released in 2000.
Bayrakdar was the winner of the 1998 Hellman Hammer Award, 1999 International PEN Award from PEN American Center West, and 2004 Free Word Award from Novib, in the Netherlands. Bayrakdar received the Swedish Tuchol fare in 2007. He has lived in Sweden since 2005.