Fagerlund - Hostsonaten (Autumn Sonata) | BIS BIS2357

Fagerlund - Hostsonaten (Autumn Sonata)

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2357

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 28th September 2018

Contents

Artists

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Erika Sunnegardh (soprano)
Helena Juntunen (soprano)
Tommi Hakala (baritone)
Nicholas Soderlund (bass)
Finnish National Opera Chorus & Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

Works

Fagerlund, Sebastian

Hostsonaten (Autumn Sonata)

Artists

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Erika Sunnegardh (soprano)
Helena Juntunen (soprano)
Tommi Hakala (baritone)
Nicholas Soderlund (bass)
Finnish National Opera Chorus & Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

About

A new opera by Sebastian Fagerlund based on Ingmar Bergman’s celebrated film.

Sebastian Fagerlund has made a name for himself primarily through his concertos and orchestral works. As demonstrated on previous BIS recordings, his music displays a huge range of colours and an uncommon rhythmic vitality, as well as a sure feel for instrumental writing. He has nevertheless also composed a number of vocal and choral works, and in fact the first release on BIS of his music was the opera Döbeln (2010), based on a controversial figure in the war between Sweden and Russia in 1788-90. When Fagerlund received a commission for a second opera from the Finnish National Opera, he found his inspiration closer to our own time as well as to his own field.

Ingmar Bergman’s 1978 chamber drama Höstsonaten ('Autumn Sonata') tells of the celebrated pianist Charlotte Andergast, and how she is confronted by her daughter Eva, who accuses her of neglect and self-absorption. Bergman’s screenplay has been used as the basis for numerous stage productions, but this is the first adaptation for opera. Höstsonaten was premièred at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki in 2017, with Anne Sofie von Otter as Charlotte – the role for which Ingrid Bergman was nominated for an Oscar as best actress. She is supported by a cast including Erika Sunnegårdh, Helena Juntunen and Tommi Hakala, and the chorus and orchestra of the Finnish National Opera conducted by John Storgårds.

Recorded live at performances during September 2017 at the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, Finland

Cast:
- Charlotte Andergast: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
- Eva: Erika Sunnegårdh (soprano)
- Viktor: Tommi Hakala (baritone)
- Helena: Helena Juntunen (soprano)
- Leonardo: Nicholas Söderlund (bass)

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