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Schubert's die Winterreise in a Swedish translation


Franz Schubert (1797—1828) - Winterreise D 911
Schubert's iconic masterpiece, Winterreise, with 24 songs from 1827-28, is presented here in a completely new, Swedish language translation, very close to the German original. Mezzo-soprano Maria Forsström has spent over four years in her spare time translating Wilhelm Müller's lyrics into Swedish, in a version that takes into account both the specific piano part and the original text. We get to follow the despairing, sad youth in his lonely journey in the surrounding, relentless winter landscape, a metaphor for the journey down into his own spiritual darkness, illuminated only by irrational flares.


Maria Forsström, mezzo soprano,
Bengt Forsberg, piano

More information about the artists

Maria Forsström

Photo: Peter Nilsson

Maria Forsström has performed with among others the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique, the Warsaw Philharmony Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra NOSPR, the Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra NFM, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki National Opera Orchestra, and Musica Aeterna, Perm, Russia, performing on opera stages in Europe, Russia and Japan.
This is her first appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan.

Bengt Forsberg

Photo: Erik Nilsson

Bengt Forsberg, piano, has achieved a unique position in the musical life of Sweden as a pianist, chamber musician and accompanist, including a long collaboration with Anne Sofie von Otter. He has recorded many CDs, many of which have received international prizes such as Grammy and Gramaphone's Record of the Year. The last few years Bengt has recorded several CDs featuring woman composers. "Neglected works for piano" is one and together with Cecilia Zilliacus and Sabina Bisholt there have been several CDs with music by Amanda Maier.
Bengt is KVAH's artistic leader and has been responsible for chamber music in Allhelgonakyrkan for more than 30 years. His repertoire is unusually broad and planning discussions with KVAH's board take up both works by little known composers and little known works by well known composers. The result is wonderful concerts with many of Sweden's finest musicians