Göran Fröst - Nordic Connections
Connecting to a dream.
The first time Gösta Nystroem's Viola concerto caught my interest was in the Library of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, when I as a young viola student found the library’s copy of the music. The pages were old, but apparently unused. I remember thinking - isn't this being played? Once I eventually heard the work, I began to dream of doing the concert with an orchestra.
For me, the slow movement is one of the most beautiful Swedish works for the viola, full of Nordic melancholy. That dream has now been fully realized through this recording. [Read more]
In 2011 Rolf Martinsson, one of Sweden’s internationally as well as nationally most recognized contemporary composers, received a request from 12 Swedish choirs, in collaboration with the study organisation Sensus, to compose a sacred work. As is well known Sweden has a rich choral tradition and the intention of the new work, based on the Bible’s Gospel of St. Luke contrasted with contemporary texts by Göran Greider, was that it should be accessible and affordable to most choirs in the country. This resulted in a St. Luke Passion for choir, smaller instrumental ensemble (six instruments only), two soloists (soprano – Evangelist, baritone – Jesus) and a Narrator.
Daphne 1068 – Release August 14 2020
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is timeless, and often said to be “indestructible”. Regardless of this, arranging or making changes in works that are beloved and so often played around the world is not something a musician takes lightly. Since both of us have roots in Swedish folk music, we approach Bach from a folk musician’s point of view, which allows us to take certain liberties and imbue this repertoire with our own brand of musicality. We have also chosen to add some folk music to Bach’s works – both because the combination has merit in itself, and because it is music we love to play. [Read more]
Daphne 1067 – Release July 10 2020
Notes from Endenich is a piano album featuring composer Staffan Storm's and pianist Francisca Skoogh's close collaboration over thematic material from Robert Schumann. Storm's works contain both musical motifs and text fragments written by Schumann from the end of his life. Schumann's own first sonata for piano op. 11 displays his remarkable palette of musical expression. The project aims to create a deeper understanding of how classical works can live on in our day, with the listener in mind, but also among the composers and practitioners of art music today.