20230218 Vera Talerko and Matti Hirvonen – soprano and piano

Matti is one of Sweden’s foremost “collaborating pianists”, known for enjoying collaborations with singers and other instrumentalists. In Oslo, he also has a professorship with that focus. He has performed in Allhelgonakyrkan many times and proposed this year’s winner of the Stenhammer competition in Norrköping as a guest soloist. She comes from Latvia but was also educated in Lithuania and currently sings at the Oslo Opera. The varied program offers songs by Schubert, Poulenc, Shostakovich and Richard Strauss (his “Vier letzte Lieder”).

Franz Schubert (1797–1828): four songs

  • Auf dem See, D543 (Goethe)
  • Mignons Gesang: Kennst du das Land? D321 (Goethe)
  • Die abgeblühte Linde, D514 (Széchény)
  • Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118 (Goethe)

Pianosolo (annonseras muntligt)

Dmitrij Sjostakovitj (1906–75): Satires (Pictures of the past), op 109 (1960; Tsjornij [Glickberg])

  • To a critic
  • Spring awakening
  • The decendants
  • Misunderstanding
  • The Kreutzer sonata


Richard Strauss (1864–1949): Vier letzte Lieder (1948)