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Fagerlund - Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata), an opera

Composer Sebastian Fagerlund
Performer Finnish National Opera Chorus
Tommi Hakala
Helena Juntunen
Anne Sofie von Otter
Erika Sunnegårdh
Nicholas Söderlund
Finnish National Opera Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2357 SACD
EAN 7318599923574
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  2 discs
Release date Sep 2018
Total time 120'08

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 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 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.
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Disc 1
  Sebastian Fagerlund
  Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata 119'20
01 Overture 4'01
02 Scene 1. I prästgården (The Vicarage) 4'33
03 Scene 2. Helenas rum (Helena’s Room) 10'21
04 Scene 3. I ett konserthus (In a Concert Hall) 3'33
05 Scene 4. Utanför prästgården (Outside the Vicarage) 11'11
06 Scene 5. Charlotte med sin publik (Charlotte and the Audience) 2'26
07 Scene 6. Hos Helena (Helena’s Room) 3'29
08 Scene 7. Charlotte, Eva och Publiken (Charlotte, Eva and the Audience) 4'00
09 Scene 8. Efter middagen (After dinner) 5'29
10 Scene 9. Kyrkogården (The Cemetery) 7'40
11 Scene 10 3'37
12 Scene 11. Charlottes rum (Charlotte’s room) 7'24
13 Scene 12. Sent på natten (Late at night) 1'35
14 Scene 13. Utanför Helenas rum (Outside Helena’s room) 7'07
Disc 2
01 Scene 14. Utanför Helenas rum (Outside Helena’s room) 8'10
02 Scene 15 2'55
03 Scene 16 10'20
04 Scene 17 11'53
05 Scene 18. Helenas rum (Helena’s room) 2'38
06 Scene 19. Epilog (Epilogue) 6'58
  Album total 120'08
ComposerFagerlund, Sebastian
OrchestraFinnish National Opera Orchestra
ConductorStorgårds, John
SopranoJuntunen, Helena
Sunnegårdh, Erika
BaritoneHakala, Tommi
Mezzo-sopranoOtter, Anne Sofie von
ChoirFinnish National Opera Chorus
BassSöderlund, Nicholas

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