Kind of jazz: Notturno
Jan Lundgren meets the Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir, performing well-known classical pieces in new versions. Florian Benfer conducts.
About the video
- Published online 1 May 2022.
- From a livestream 22 April 2022.
- The video is approximately one hour and 20 minutes.
- Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.
Pianist Jan Lundgren is one of our foremost musicians and through some 50 albums and in tons of projects and collaborations, he has demonstrated his ability to embrace tradition with simultaneous self-renewal. In recent years, Jan Lundgren has presented a series of concerts under the collective title Kind of Jazz, with invited artists and ensembles.
Jan Lundgren and his collaborative partner of many years, the phenomenal bass player Hans Backenroth, join forces with the Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir in a landscape based entirely on classical music, to be sure, but that has been reshaped into something new. In 2007, Jan Lundgren worked with the choir on the record Magnum Mysterium. Now in arrangements by Martin Berggren, we will hear well-known classics with a new twist. Jan Lundgren is the piano soloist and will interact with Backenroth and the choir under the baton of Florian Benfer. This fully composed material can dissolve into improvisation at a moment’s inspiration.
We will hear music by J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninoff and more. Leading the performance will be German conductor Florian Benfer, who has been artistic director of the Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir since autumn 2018. Ten years earlier, in 2008, he won the Gustaf Sjökvist Scholarship for young choir directors and has been involved in numerous collaborations since then, many of which have focused on new music.
Alexander Borodin Notturno from String Quartet No. 2 in D major
Frédéric Chopin Prelude in c minor from 24 Preludes op 28
Johann Sebastian Bach Bist du bei mir BWV 508
Johann Sebastian Bach Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Jan Lundgren Natten kan bli lång arr Florian Benfer
Serge Rachmaninoff Vocalise op 34:14
Nils Lindberg Torn Eriks visa
Nils Lindberg Night for chorus a cappella
Claude Debussy Rêverie
Johannes Brahms Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen WoO 35:3
Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances Sz 56
Johannes Brahms Wiegenlied ”Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf” WoO 31:11
Wolfgang Richter Little Sandman (Sandmann, lieber Sandmann)
- Jan Lundgren piano
- Hans Backenroth double bass
- Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör
- Florian Benfer conductor
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