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We were provided with piano music by J.S. Bach and a world's premier of a song cycle by Anders Annerholm


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Partita in c-minor, BWV 826
J.S. Bach: ”Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen” < Cantata nr 127, arrangement Walter Rummel


Anders Annerholm (f. 1973) - Sternmusik (Star music),
Seven Songs set to Poems by Nelly Sachs - premier


Matilda Paulsson, mezzo soprana,
Miriam Forsberg, recitation,
Bengt Forsberg, piano

More information about the artists

Photo: Emilie Kroon

Matilda Paulsson, mezzo soprano, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University College of Opera in Stockholm. Matilda made her debut at the Royal Copenhagen in Copenhagen as the composer in Ariadne at Naxos under the direction of Robert Carsen and she got her breakthrough during spring 2008 when she sang Octavian in Der Rosenkavaljer at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, which led to invitations to sing the same role at the Staatsoper Hannover and Theater Kiel. Since then, she has sung many roles in opera houses around Europe, including Hans in Hans and Greta, Second Lady in Magic Flute, Cherubin in The Marriage of Figaro, Alcina in Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso and Meg Page in Falstaff.

As a concert singer, Matilda Paulsson has appeared under the direction of conductors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Gustavo Dudamel, Arnold Östman and Alan Buribayev in, among others, the Berwald Hall, Gothenburg Concert Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, St Martin in the Fields and St John's Smith Square. Matida Paulsson has also appeared with the World Orchestra for Peace (founded by Georg Solti). 2012 in Carnegie Hall in New York and in the Chicago Symphony Hall in connection with what would be Solti's 100th birthday. In the spring of 2012, a concert in Suginami included Kokodai Recital Hall in Tokyo and Beethoven's 9th at Norrköping Symphony Orchestra's 100th anniversary. In the autumn of 2013, Matilda Grimgerde sang in concertant performances of the third act of Die Walküre with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Harding.

In autumn 2009, Matilda Paulsson's first solo CD, Junge liebe (Caprice), was published with a selection of romances accompanied by Bengt-Åke Lundin, which was followed by Der Ton (Sterling) with songs by Joseph Marx. This is her first appearance in Allhelgonakyrkan.

Photo: Petter Löfstedt

The actress Miriam Forsberg studied at Theater Academy in Luleå. This year she will appear in "Article 3" and "Glashjärnan" with Teater Martin Mutter. In the spring of 2018 she appeared in "The Future" by Patrik Franke with Cirkus Tigerbrand. In the autumn of 2017, she played Martina in the Riksteatern's acclaimed play "Maken". In the spring of 2016, she premiered the performance artwork Mnemesoid by Tai Shani at Tensta Konsthall and has also participated in plays in Uppsala City Theater, Lule Stas Theater Norrbottensteatern, Unga Klara, Theater Västernorrland and Camden Peoples Theater in London. Miriam has also directed, among other things the musical theater performance of "The Princess who always had to have the Last Word" with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in Oslo.

Photo: Erik Nilsson

Bengt Forsberg, piano, has been the artistic director of KVAH's chamber music series for over 30 years. He 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.

Note! "Amanda Maier: Volume 3" with among others Bengt Forberg was awarded a Swedish Grammis for this year's best classical album.

Note about the composer

Anders Annerholm

Anders Annerholm (b. 1973) studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London receiving a diploma in song, earlier he studied composition for Miklòs Maro. After a short career as an opera singer Anders has focused on composition since 2013. Besides Sternmusik he has composed the song cycle Stjärnmusik 1 och 2 also using poetry of Nelly Sachs (2013/15) and Borderline for cello and piano (2018). Among earlier works Invertimenti for trumpet and organ premiered 2000. Besides composition Anders often works as a notesetter, writer and editor - he has, among other things, produced the anthology Swedish Romances with Bengt Forsberg and Tina Sjögren, and in 2019 together with Gehrmans Musikförlag will give out a new edition with Ture Rangström's collected songs .