- Sebastian Fagerlund (b.1972): Höstsonaten: Overture:
- 1Höstsonaten: Overture04:01
- Höstsonaten, Act I:
- 2Höstsonaten, Act I: Osannolika kvinna. Besynnerliga mor!04:33
- 3Höstsonaten, Act I: Hon kommer. Helena, det blir väl roligt!10:21
- 4Höstsonaten, Act I: Charlotte Andergast! Vilken konstnär!03:33
- 5Höstsonaten, Act I: Byxdressen köpte jag i Zürich11:11
- 6Höstsonaten, Act I: Ingen kan som du, Charlotte Andergast, uttrycka förfining och nyanser02:26
- 7Höstsonaten, Act I: Lena lilla! En kram och en kyss03:29
- 8Höstsonaten, Act I: Varför vill jag bara gråta?04:00
- 9Höstsonaten, Act I: Magnifik!05:29
- 10Höstsonaten, Act I: Vår Erik dog dagen innan han skulle fylla fyra07:40
- 11Höstsonaten, Act I: Människor blir rädda03:37
- 12Höstsonaten, Act I: Två valium, två mogadon07:24
- 13Höstsonaten, Act I: Helena! Sov i ro01:35
- 14Höstsonaten, Act I: Det var Lena. Men nu sover hon07:07
- Höstsonaten, Act II:
- 15Höstsonaten, Act II: Nu talar jag08:10
- 16Höstsonaten, Act II: I en välsittande byxdress från Zürich02:55
- 17Höstsonaten, Act II: Minns du Stefan?10:20
- 18Höstsonaten, Act II: Det var under påsken11:53
- 19Höstsonaten, Act II: Helena snälla02:38
- 20Höstsonaten, Act II: Kära mamma06:58
Info for Sebastian Fagerlund: Höstsonaten
Sebastian Fagerlund has made a name for himself primarily through his concertos and orchestral works. As demonstrated on previous recordings, his music displays a huge range of colors 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 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 to 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.
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo (Charlotte)
Erika Sunnegardh, soprano (Eva)
Helena Juntunen, soprano (Viktor)
Tommi Hakala, baritone (Helena)
Nicholas Söderlund, bass-baritone (Leonardo)
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
John Storgards, conductor
Internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has long been considered one of the finest singers of her generation. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of recordings and numerous awards including an International Record Critics’ Award (recording artist of the year), a Grammy Award (best classical vocal performance) for Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and a Diapason d’Or for a recording of Swedish songs with her long-time accompanist, Bengt Forsberg. She collaborated with pop legend Elvis Costello on the disc For the Stars and in October 2010 released her first recording on the Naïve label, Love Songs, a collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Subsequent recordings for Naïve include So Many Things – a collaboration with trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider – and a double CD of mélodies and chansons entitled Douce France which received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
Anne Sofie von Otter earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opéra national de Paris. She performed the role as part of a series of engagements with James Levine at The Metropolitan Opera, and also with Carlos Kleiber in New York, Tokyo and at the Wiener Staatsoper (available on DVD). Other seminal opera recordings include Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, Alceste and Orfeo ed Euridice under John Eliot Gardiner, Handel’s Ariodante and Hercules under Marc Minkowski, Pelléas et Mélisande under Bernard Haitink and Ariadne auf Naxos under Giuseppe Sinopoli.
Recent roles have included Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at the Salzburger Festspiele with Cecilia Bartoli; Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) under Philippe Jordan for Opéra National de Paris; Leocadia Begbick (Mahagonny) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Countess Geschwitz in Christoph Marthaler’s production of Lulu at Staatsoper Hamburg. She appeared as Jenny (Die Dreigroschenoper) at Theater an der Wien and as Waltraute (Die Götterdämmerung) at Festival d’Aix en Provence, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper under Sir Simon Rattle, and she created the role of Leonore in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburger Festspiele and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducted by the composer. In Helsinki in September 2017 she created the role of Charlotte Andergast in Höstsonaten/Autumn Sonata – story by cinema legend Ingmar Bergman and music of Sebastian Fagerlund, directed by Stéphane Braunschweig.
A busy concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the world where recent appearances have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and l’orchestre Les Siècles with François-Xavier Roth. She performed Kindertotenlieder at Carnegie Hall with the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera and Esa-Pekka Salonen and she appeared with Jonas Kaufmann and the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by the late Claudio Abbado, for a televised performance of Das Lied von der Erde on the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death.