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EARLY MUSIC SWEDEN

National Stage for Early Music 

EARLY MUSIC SWEDEN - National Stage for Early Music at Musikaliska (Nybrokajen 11) is Sweden's national genre-specific focal point for baroque, renaissance and medieval music which is driven by Stockholm Early Music Festival. An attractive platform that brings 1000 years of cultural heritage and music history to life in the present and a permanent stage where Swedish and international interpreters of early music meet to give Sweden's audience high-quality artistic experiences in the name of passion - all year round. 

EARLY MUSIC SWEDEN opened on Sunday 4 September 2022, on the main stage of Musikaliska - Stockholm's oldest concert house - with one of the baroque world's absolute top performers, Les Arts Florissants (FR). In Autumn 2022 and spring 2023 were offered: Orkiestra Historyczna (PL), Stile Antico (GB), Voces Suaves (CH), Federico Fiorio & La Florida Capella (IT), Barokksolistene (NO), Staffan Liljas (SE) and Ensemble Villancico (SE). For more information about these past concerts please read below. 

In Autumn 2023 EMS offered Händel Anthems!, a unique world heritage class concert in collaboration with Drottningholms Slottsteater. 

It is never too late for early music!

With the support of the Swedish Arts Council. 

Saturday 4 November 2023

Francesco Corti | Photo: Markus Gårder

Drottningholms Slottsteater - Sweden's gem on the UNESCO World Heritage List - right in the city centre! A long-awaited collaboration becomes a reality when EARLY MUSIC SWEDEN presents this outstanding guest performance with international vocal soloists and the theatre's orchestra conducted by Francesco Corti, one of Europe's foremost baroque conductors. Enjoy George Frideric Handel's gloriously majestic Chandos Anthems in a masterful setting. A musical experience you will never forget!  

 

Programme:

Georg Friedrich Händel: Chandos Anthems

O sing unto the lord (HWV 249b)

As pants the hart (HWV 251b)

PAUSE

From Esther (HWV50a)

- Ouverture (Andante-Larghetto-Allegro)

- Recit "I’ll hear no more"

- Aria "Pluck root and branch"

- Aria "Tears assist me"

- Duet "Who calls my parting soul"

- Accompagnato "Turn not, o queen, thy face"

- Recit "Guards, seize the traitor"

- Aria "How art thou fall’n from thy height"

I will magnify thee (HWV 250a)

 

 

Soloists: 

Emanuelle de Negri, soprano

Martin Vanberg, tenor

Lisandro Abadie, bass

 

Ensemble from The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra

Francesco Corti: dirigent och cembalo 

Elin Gabrielsson, concertmaster, violin I

Lars Warnstad, violin I

Anders Åkered, violin I

Rebecka Karlsson, violin II

Juliana Shapiro, violin II

Catalina Langborn, violin II

Daniel Holst, violoncello

Mattias Frostenson, contrabas

Rodrigo Gutiérrez, oboe

Marije van der Ende, basson

Gabriel Smallwood, organ

16:00 - 18:00Musikaliska
Sunday 4 September 2022

Paul Agnew | Photo: © Oscar Ortega

Les Arts Florissants | Photo: © William Beaucardet

PROGRAMME

Claudio Monteverdi  From "Selva morale e spirituale":

Beatus Vir

Iste confessor

Salve Regina a voce solo

Salomone Rossi Sonata sopra l'aria di Ruggiero terzo libro

Claudio Monteverdi From "Selva morale e spirituale":

Laudate Dominum a voce solo SV197a

Giacomo Carissimi  Motet "Super flumina Babylonis" 

Claudio Monteverdi From "Selva morale e spirituale":

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes. Primo a 5 voci concertato (n° 21)

INTERVAL

Girolamo Frescobaldi Canzon quarta a 3, due canti e basso

Giacomo Carissimi  Jephte 

LES ARTS FLORISSANTS

Natasha Schnuur, soprano  Ellen Giacone, soprano Blandine de Sansal, mezzo soprano Mathilde Ortscheidt, alto Geoffroy Buffiere, bass Edward Grint, bass

Tami Troman, baroque violin Roxana Rastegar, baroque violin Cyril Poulet, baroque cello Massimo Moscardo, luth Diego Salamanca, luth Nanja Breedijk, baroque harp Florian Carre, organ

Paul Agnew, conductor

Les Arts Florissants receives financial support from the State, the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs (DRAC), the Département de la Vendée and the Région Pays de la Loire. The Selz Foundation is their Principal Sponsor. Aline Foriel-Destezet and the American Friends of Les Arts Florissants are Major Sponsors.Les Arts Florissants have been artists in residence at the Philharmonie de Paris since 2015

16:00 - 18:00Musikaliska, Stora salen
Sunday 2 October 2022

Martyna Pastuszka | Photo: © Magdalena Hałas

With support of the Polish Institute Stockholm |

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna from Poland is one of Europe's leading specialist ensembles within 17- and 18-century music. Conducted by the brilliant violinist Martyna Pastuszka they perform regularly in Vienna, Berlin and London and will now play for the very first time at EARLY MUSIC SWEDEN and in Stockholm! Oriental Tales brings you to an enchanting world where composers were inspired by eastern traditions and mythology.

PROGRAMME

H.Purcell

Suite "Distress'd Innocence or The Princess of Persia"

F. Couperin 

Sonata "La Sultanne"

M. Corrette 

Concert "Phoenix" pour quatre parGes de basse

-INTERVAL-

A.A. Schmelzer 

Sonata "Die Türkenschlacht bei Wien 1683"

M. Marais  

Piece de viole op.5 Suite no.2

M. Corrette/ J. Ph Rameau 

Concerto Comique no. 25 "Les Sauvages et la Furstemberg"

 

With support of the Polish Institute, Stockholm.

16:00 - 18:00Musikaliska, Stora salen
Sunday 30 October 2022

Stile Antico | Photo: © Marco Borggreve

“Everything they perform arises to new levels of perfection” British press writes about the vocal ensemble Stile Antico, who is praised internationally for its fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. At EARLY MUSIC SWEDEN you follow the ensemble - in its first visit to Sweden - charting a musical course from twilight to sunrise, seductive and unsettling in equal measure!

PROGRAMME

TOWARD THE DAWN

EVENING

'Twilight gray had her sober livery all things clad'- Milton

J. Wilbye - Draw on sweet night

T. Tallis - Te lucis ante terminum

J. Ward - Come sable night

W. Byrd - Vigilate

NIGHTFALL

‘Through the spaces of the dark, midnight shakes the memory’- T.S. Eliot

J. Sheppard - In manus tuas 

G. Allegri - Miserere mei

INTERVAL

THE SMALL HOURS

‘Come, Sleep, the certain knot of peace’- Sidney

P. Rogier/T.Morley - Laboravi in gemitu meo 

O. de Lassus -Toutes les nuitz 

N. Muhly - Gentle Sleep 

DAWN

‘The morning steals upon the night, melting the darkness’ - Shakespeare

T. Tallis - O nata lux

C. Monteverdi - Ecco mormorar l’onde 

J. Taverner - Ave Dei patris filia

16:00 - 18:00Musikaliska, Stora salen
Sunday 20 November 2022

Sweden's baroque music elite presents a selection from Francesca Caccini's opera La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina from 1625. A guided concert with the mezzo-sopranos Ann Hallenberg and Kristina Hammarström and a baroque ensemble led by Mariangiola Martello.

The production is a collaboration between DEN ANDRA OPERAN and EARLY MUSIC SWEDEN.

PROGRAMME:

INTRODUCTION to the work by musicologist Holger Schmidt Hallenberg

MUSIC from Francesca Caccini's opera La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina (1625)

INTERVAL Drinks on sale 

AFTER-CONCERT mingling, panel discussion, audience questions and conversations! With Holger Schmitt-Hallenberg, Mariangiola Martello, Bente Rolandsdotter and the audience.

JOIN THE JOURNEY WHEN AN OPERA IS REVIVED: In Italy, around 1600, a number of music-dramatic works were created that claim to be THE FIRST OPERA. At one of the premieres, the thirteen-year-old shooting star Francesca Caccini sang one of the roles, and already in 1607 she wrote her first opera on her own: La Stiava! The work has not yet been found, but her La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina from 1625 is today considered the world's oldest surviving opera composed by a woman. In 2022/23, Den Andra Operan makes a deep dive into the birth of opera from a female perspective, starting with Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina. We invite YOU to take part in the open creative process that continues for a year under the name CACCINI REVISITED.

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18:30 - 20:30Musikaliska, Clara-salen
Sunday 5 February 2023

Photo: Markus Räber

The four hundred year old opus of the masters Schütz, Scheidt and Schein still moves us today in its pervasive beauty and expressiveness. Their vocal music offers consolation to deep sorrow and melancholy. With their captivating rhetoric and warmly enveloping sounds, the internationally renowned Swiss ensemble Voces Suaves brings these Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces to life.

PROGRAMME

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)

Aus der Tiefe schrei ich zu Dir, SWV 235

- ur Becker Psalter, 1628

 

Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630)

O Herr, ich bin Dein Knecht

Ich lasse Dich nicht

Die mit Tränen sähen 

- ur Israelsbrünnlein, 1623

 

Erbarm Dich mein, o Herre Gott

- ur Opella nova, geistliche Konzerte, 1618

 

Samuel Scheidt (1587 - 1654)

Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir

- ur Geistlicher Concerten IV, 1640

 

Tabulatura Nova, 1624

 

Johann Hermann Schein

Ich will schweigen

- für Dorothea Maria, Herzogin von Sachsen, † 18. Juli 1617

 

Heinrich Schütz

Verleih uns Frieden, SWV 372

 

INTERVAL

 

Heinrich Schütz

Wenn Gott einmal erlösen wird, SWV 231

- ur Becker Psalter, 1628

 

Musicalische Exequien: I. Concert in Form einer teutschen Begräbnis-Messe, SWV 279

- tillägnad Heinrich Posthumus Reuß, † 3. Dezember 1635

 

Selig sind die Toten, SWV 391

- ur Geistliche Chormusik, 1648 

 
16:00 - 18:00Musikaliska, Stora salen
Sunday 5 March 2023 - Friday 28 April 2023

Through our Duplo Pass you can get access to the two last concerts of the season at a discounted price. Welcome to Early Music Sweden at Musikaliska Kvarteret!

2 April at 4.00 pm Barokksolistene (NO) - Early Nordic Alehouse Sessions, 

28 April at 7.00 pm Ensemble Villancico (Dir Peter Pontvik) - ¡Fiesta barroca latina! - CD release concert.

NB! The Duplo Pass is not for sale anymore after 2 April!

     
15:59 - 18:00Musikaliska, Stora salen
Sunday 5 March 2023

Love has never made it easy for people. The young Italian star, male soprano Federico Fiorio enchants with his magic voice and ensemble La Florida Capella offers passionate experiences - hidden musical treasures from 17th and 18th century Italy! Emotional sounds by Cesti, Strozzi, Viviani, Vitali, Cazzati...

PROGRAMME  

Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632 – 1692) - Sonata III

Barbara Strozzi (1619 – 1677) - Lagrime mie. Lamento

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1624 – 1687) - Il Drago. Capriccetto terzo à 3.

Antonio Cesti (1623 – 1669) - Alpi nevose e dure

Bernardo Storace (1637 – 1707) - La Follia

Barbara Strozzi - Hor che Apollo. Serenata

PAUSE

Maurizio Cazzati (1616 – 1678) - Capriccio sopra le sette note

Barbara Strozzi - La sol fa mi re do. La mia donna perché canta

Bernardo Gianoncelli (? – ca. 1650) - Tasteggiata, gagliarda, corrente

Barbara Strozzi - La Vendetta

Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani (1638 – 1692) - Sonata undecima. La Barbara

Antonio Cesti - Non si parli più d'amore. Cantata

 

LA FLORIDA CAPELLA: Marco Kerschbaumer, baroque violin - Marian Polin, harpsichord and ensemble direction - Alessandro Baldessarini, archlute - Gabriele Toscani, baroque violin - Luciano Nania, violone

 
16:00 - 18:00Musikaliska, Stora salen
Saturday 11 March 2023

Staffan Liljas | Photo: Jonas Gratzer

NB, VENUE: THE SWEDEN FESTIVAL, VALAND, GOTHEMBURG, SWEDEN. In cooperation with Sweden Festivals.

In the programme's three solo cantatas, Johann Sebastian Bach, the Master of masters, also known as the Fifth Evangelist, composed some of the most beautiful pieces written for bass voice - a divine lament is united with consolation. Staffan Liljas, one of Sweden's most distinguished Baroque bass singers, enchants with his warm, dark sound, accompanied by hand-picked Swedish musicians. Deeply recommended!

Programme

J S Bach:

"Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen" BWV 56

"Der Friede sei mit dir" BWV 158

"Ich habe genug" BWV 82

Staffan Liljas, bass • Baroque ensemble: Ann Wallström, concert master, baroque violin soloist - Kerstin Frödin, baroque oboe soloist - Lina Söderholtz Florén, baroque violin - Andrea Ravandoni, baroque viola - Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello - Olof Larsson, double bass - Johan Hansson Lindström, organ

20:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 21 March 2023

Staffan Liljas | Photo: Jonas Gratzer

Early Music Day is as every year celebrated on the 21 March, the birthday of J. S. Bach. In the programme's three solo cantatas, the Master, also known as the Fifth Evangelist, composed some of the most beautiful pieces written for bass voice - a divine lament is united with consolation. Staffan Liljas, one of Sweden's most distinguished Baroque bass singers, enchants with his warm, dark sound, accompanied by hand-picked Swedish musicians. Deeply recommended!

Programme

J S Bach:

"Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen" BWV 56

"Der Friede sei mit dir" BWV 158

"Ich habe genug" BWV 82

Staffan Liljas, bass • Baroque ensemble: Ann Wallström, concert master, baroque violin soloist - Kerstin Frödin, baroque oboe soloist - Lina Söderholtz Florén, baroque violin - Andrea Ravandoni, baroque viola - Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello - Olof Larsson, double bass - Johan Hansson Lindström, organ

Estimated finishing time: 8.00 pm. No interval.

19:00 - 20:00Musikaliska
Sunday 2 April 2023

Good melodies are durable. They travel far, changing and refining along the way, like other folk art. When the exciting and dynamic Norwegian ensemble  Barokksolistene enters the stage under the direction of Bjarte Eike, you are guaranteed a virtuosic, colourful and sparkling 18th-century transformational experience. From folk music to art music - with traditions drawn from weddings, theatres and beer houses.

Barokksolistene: Bjarte Eike, baroque violin, hardanger-fiddle, mandolin and artistic direction. Per Buhre, vocals and baroque viola, Hans Knut Sveen , harmonium and keyboards. Johannes Lundberg, double bass and nyckelharpa. Fredrik Bock, baroque guitar and charango. Steven Player, baroque guitar and dance.

16:00 - 18:00Musikaliska, Stora salen
Friday 28 April 2023

Ensemble Villancico | Photo: Mario Mintoff

This story takes place somewhere in Latin America, in the18th century. When the audience arrives, the priest is just finishing  mass, before everyone goes to the square for the fiesta. Song, rhythm, dance and joy permeate a staged concert that reflects the Indigenous, African and European traditions of the people.

Since 1995, Ensemble Villancico, under the direction of Peter Pontvik, has been spreading the Early World Music from the Latin American baroque period. With joyful intensity and first class musical qualities the ensemble has gained a reputation world-wide as a leading interpreter in its genre.

A CD-release concert in collaboration with CAPRICE Records.

NB! You can choose between a normal ticket, a ticket + CD or a ticket + CD + a glass of sparkling wine.

Estimated finishing time: 8.00 pm. No interval.

19:00 - 20:00Musikaliska