BAO kick off Allsång på Skansen (Updated with pictures)

Benny Andersson interviewed during BAO's appearance at Skansen.
Benny interviewed during BAO's appearance at Skansen. See below for more pictures.

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.

BAO appear on the first episode of Allsång på Skansen

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?

Benny Anderssons Orkester live at Allsång på Skansen 2011
Helen Sjöholm - Kåra Syster
Allt syns när man är naken (1)
O klang och jubeltid (1)
Allt syns när man är naken (2)
O klang och jubeltid (2)
Benny interview

10 Replies to “BAO kick off Allsång på Skansen (Updated with pictures)”

  1. Great to see Benny looking so chilled out! I thoroughly enjoyed BAO’s performance last night.

    I gained an even greater appreciation of the song ‘O klang och jubeltid’ which I thought was fantastic at Skansen.

    Personally, I thought Helen took a wee while to warm up, hitting, as she did, a couple of flat notes during ‘Kära Syster’!! After that though, she was really great.

  2. Hope the online link works tonight to SVT, looking forward to watching it. Bought the new cd in Göteborg at the weekend and have played it in the car ever since. Really like ‘En Dag i sänder’. Hope it’s on your track list for the tour Benny. Lycka till.
    jdaz

  3. For my Swedish homework I told to translate something from Swedish so decided to have a go at putting En Dag i sänder ( One Day at a Time) into English and thought others might be interested…so here goes:

    All I want is that we take
    One Day at a Time
    I want to believe that time heals our wounds
    And there are feelings left
    One Day at a Time
    Give us that and think of all that is good
    No one but you can make the decision
    I’m sorry I put it on you

    Look at me
    I am the woman
    You took in his arms
    Take my hand
    Please forgive me
    In the name of love

    In the silence I will fight
    One Day at a Time
    May be we should find to each other again
    Slowly, we approach it
    One Day at a Time
    There we built a time long ago
    The betrayal that’s just mine
    And no one else’s
    You’ll never believe I blame it on you

    Look at me
    I am the woman
    You took in his arms
    Take my hand
    Please forgive me
    In the name of love

    No one but you can make the decision
    I’m sorry I put it on you

    Look at me
    I am the woman
    You took in his arms
    Take my hand
    Please forgive me
    In the name of love

    All the Swedes out there. Did I pass?
    jdaz

  4. Benny Andersson Band has now had opening night in Oernskoeldsvik yesterday 21/7!
    The review: fiive stars out of five! The review headline: WOW BAO! This is the best concert they have ever seen with Benny Andersson. Benny says in the article “it is so great to be here!” something which everybody notices.
    So to all of you who have not yet got tickets for a concert please hurry up and do so! I think Stockholm is sold out but there are still tickets left at other places in Sweden!

  5. john dodds: Pleased to hear Benny’s BAO doing so well.and promoted to prime spot to open Skansen. Benny is i believe the same as his former band mates from Abba days….a normal,down to earth guy who takes pleasure and pride in his music.Due to that and his approachability he is a favourite with audiences…..certainly no stuck up pop star as we have today…….good on the guy. Look forward to his new album here in Uk.

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