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Loving adaptations of Bach's music by Busoni, Godowsky and Rummel, among others, as well as Frank Bridge's piano sonata - a reaction to the horrors of World War I.

Bengt Forsberg in a program that only he could present! ! Bengt is a pianist who is constantly on the lookout for repertoire discoveries. This evening, the results of two such trips are set against each other. Partly Johann Sebastian Bach, not in the original but rewritten for large concert grand piano - an instrument that did not exist in Bach's early 18th century. When the modern grand piano gradually developed during the 19th century and into the 20th century, there were many, both famous composers and piano virtuosos, who wanted to play Bach. The result was "transcriptions" that can be more or less re-dictated compared to the originals. At the concert, we get a taste of this treasure of "hybrid works" by, among others, Busoni, Godowsky and Rummel.

Bengt's second trip is to 1920s England. Frank Bridge (1879–1941) was one of the really great composers there, but now a hundred years later his music is rarely played - at least here in Sweden. Exactly one hundred years ago, he was working on his piano sonata, and when Bengt discovered it and performed it in England, he said to us: "I want to play it at home too!"
Bach means brook and it's tempting to joke about how Bengt builds his bridge over the brook. But rather, it is probably the case that the modernists of the 1920s went back to the music of the Baroque period and especially Bach to counteract the emotional tone of the late Romantic period. We will all have the opportunity to explore the bridges between Bach and Bridge on the 5th of March.


Bengt Forsberg

Photo: Erik Nilsson

Bengt Forsberg is one of Sweden's foremost pianists. His regular partners include mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, cellist Andreas Brantelid and violinists Cecilia Zilliacus and Nils-Erik Sparf. As a soloist, Bengt has performed with, among others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He has also given solo evenings in, among other places, London's historic Wigmore Hall.
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 the Grammy and Gramophone's Recording of the Year. In recent years, Bengt has released award-winning records with 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 the magazine BBC Music as the monthly recording of music for solo instruments.
Bengt Forsberg is KVAH's artistic director and has been responsible for chamber music in Allhelgonakyrkan for more than 30 years