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Otto Olsson (1879-1964)

Sonata No. 1 and 2 for violin and piano


50 years after his death, Otto Olsson is brought to attention by the Swedish Art Music Society through the publication of two violin sonatas. Olsson, our country's foremost organ composer, and the creator of several masterpieces for choir also composed chamber music (including three string quartets). With these two violin sonatas, composed just before and just after 1900, the Swedish Art Music Society complements the image of this composer.


Who can resist the flowing, seductive melodic lines in the 20-year-old composer's D major sonata? Who is not touched by the gravity of the 22-year-old's D minor sonata, full of Sturm-und-Drang, strong melodic inspiration and the fiery finale? This last sonata was premiered in Berlin in October 1910 and the Polish-American violinist Ida Haendel added it to her repertoire in the 1980s.



Two Swedish romances


Maurice Karkoff had a solid education (by Lars-Erik Larsson, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Vagn Holmboe among others) and with a confidence he composed in a variety of genres. In recognition of his musical ability, he was conferred several awards, including the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra's Prize and the Large Christ Johnson Prize.


Among Swedish Lieder composers, Karkoff occupies a unique position. Previously, the Swedish Art Music Society has published "Ten Japanese songs" and "Nine Chinese songs" and now presents "Two Swedish romances for high soprano and piano, Op. 240 ".


When the composer identifies himself in the mental world that Elsa Grave, Paul Celan, Gunnar Ekelöf and Tomas Tranströmer express in their poems, a rare association between words and music results. Through his intuitive sensitivity to the voice's range of expressions and the piano part's both cleverly soloist and accompanist role, the result is exquisite works of art.

Let yourself be seduced!


HÅKAN LARSSON (1959-2012)

Arioso from Bearer of the golden palace


Håkan Larsson's musical language is introverted, reflective, and expressive. "In my personal style of harmony I have found my native language and my abode", he once commented. When clarinettist Kjell Inge Stevenson (after having participated in the world premiere of Larsson's 2nd Symphony with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2002) inspired Larsson to compose a work for him, the result was the suite "Bearer of the golden palace" for clarinet / basset horn and organ. The Swedish Art Music Society now publishes the movement "Arioso", which has been performed separately on several occasions. This movement for basset horn and organ could well be the first (?)original piece composed for this combination of instruments. The expressiveness, range and sonority of the basset horn forms a pleasing synthesis with the organ.




The Swedish Art Music Society (Musikaliska konstföreningen) is a non-profit organisation with the aim of publishing Swedish art music. It was founded in 1859. Each year, one or a couple of musical compositions are selected for publication. Often, contemporary music is chosen, but sometimes we publish older masterpieces which have remained unpublished.














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