Dagens Nyheter’s Eva-Karin Gyllenberg reports on Benny Anderssons Orkester’s participation in Allsång på Skansen 2011:
On Tuesday we’re off again. Benny Andersson and his orchestra are lined up to kick off the new season of Allsång på Skansen. Normally, BAO (Benny Anderssons Orkester) finish the season at Skansen, but not this year.
Together with Lunds Studentsångare, Danny Saucedo and September, BAO will be in prime spot and kicking off the new series on Tuesday 28 June.
Much is different for season 2011. The host (Måns Zelmerlöw) is new, as well as conductor (Kristofer Nergårdh) and his orchestra.
But Benny Andersson’s 16 people strong orchestra is intact and the audience can trust that it will be the same beloved vocalists who stand at the microphones in front of the orchestra: Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg.
– When you have Helen and Tommy, you do not engage others singers, said Benny Andersson, who this year celebrates his tenth anniversary with BAO.
The orchestra has just released a new album and as usual the reviews from the critics were mixed but it does not bother Benny Andersson.
– The critics certainly think that our music does not follow a distinct path. It is difficult to say that it belongs to a particular genre.
This hard to define music has landed well with a wide audience, and soon attracts the orchestra on a new tour of Sweden, a tour that goes to Ornskoldsvik, Järvsö, Leksand, Karlstad, Helsingborg, Gothenburg, Mariefred and Galejan at Skansen. And just as before, the orchestra has a mobile dance floor on the road with them, something that is appreciated by the audience.
Benny Andersson says that the BAO started as a hobby project – a few years of music making with Orsa Spelmän. But, he reveals that now he always has the orchestra and the two vocalists in his head when he sits down at the piano to compose.
What will you be performing on Tuesday evening?
– Helen will sing Kära Syster. Björn has written the lyrics to that and then Tommy, Helen and Kalle Moraeus will sing O klang och jubeltid, the title track of the new album.
What does Allsång på Skansen mean to you? ?
– It will be fun. This time there is a new host. I think Måns Zelmerlöw will do well. He has a likeable charisma, says Benny Andersson.
There are probably many Swedes that would say the same thing about BAO maestro Andersson, who has lost count of how many times he has been involved in Allsång with Orsa Spelmän and BAO. He did not even know how many CDs BAO has recorded or how many songs he wrote for this pet project, but what does it matter?