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Christmas From Sweden

Repertoire

Christmas carol
I himmelen (carol)
Carl Bertil Agnestig
Det susar en vind (A Breeze in the Olive Grove)
Gustaf Nordqvist
Glans over sjo och strand
Lars-Eric Larsson
Intermezzo from A Winter’s Tale; Romance from Pastoral Suite
Reger
Mariae Wiegenlied
Handel
Rejoice Greatly from Messiah
Traditional carols
Kringellek; Kyrkmarsch (Church March); Räven raskar över isen (The Fox Dances on the Ice); Nu är det jul igen (Christmas is Here Again)
~ Interval ~
Mozart
Alleluia from Exsultate jubilate
Corelli
Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 8 (Christmas Concerto)
Schütz
Nu vilar hela jorden (arr. Sandström)
Tchaikovsky
Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Christmas carol
Adeste fideles/O come all ye faithful
J.S. Bach
Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio (arr. Tønnesen)
Det är en ros utsprungen (A Rose is Growing)

Performers

Miah Persson
soprano
Torbjörn Westman
nyckelharpa
Nicholas Parle
harpsichord
Terje Tønnenson
director
Camerata Nordica

Some of Sweden’s most radiant stars promise to bring the northern lights to Cadogan Hall with this year’s Christmas From Sweden concert.

Back for a fourth time, the concert showcases one of Sweden’s most luminous operatic personalities, lyric soprano Miah Persson, together with the internationally established string ensemble Camerata Nordica led by their charismatic music director Terje Tønnenson and introducing Torbjörn Westman on the traditional Swedish folk instrument nyckelharpa (key harp), as well as Nicholas Parle on harpsichord.

Swedish Christmas rarities from the folk music repertoire and late 19th century are matched up with timeless classics from the Baroque and Romantic eras.

Swedish soprano Miah Persson ‘has given British audiences enormous pleasure over recent years’, the Daily Telegraph noted following her appearance at Glyndebourne in 2012. This Hälsinge-born singer resides in Lewes, south of London, and is in great demand with the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. Critics repeatedly praise her charm, elegance, insightful musicality and flawless voice. Throughout her career, she has appeared at the Paris Opera, Vienna State opera, Metropolitan Opera and most of the world’s leading operatic stages. In January 2015, she did her début at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, in Robert Wilson’s staging of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.

Critics have referred to Camerata Nordica as ‘sensational’ and ‘outstanding’ (Gramophone, 2014): this group of 15-20 members, all of whom possess superior musicianship, performs standing and without a conductor. Last year the group coordinated and took part in the international EU-project Emerging Classical Talent, and the group has toured the USA no less than eight times. Their critically acclaimed Proms debut in 2013 at Cadogan Hall, featured the world premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Elegy for Strings and was described as ‘compelling’ in BBC Music Magazine and ‘virtuosic’. They have since released several discs (BIS), which have received top marks in the UK and abroad.

Christmas From Sweden is presented by From Sweden Productions in close collaboration with Anglo-Swedish partners and sponsors, including the Embassy of Sweden in London.

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Concert Duration:
approx. 2 hours
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