Benny Andersson and Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör – ‘Kärlekens tid’ concerts

Gustaf Sjökvists Kammorkör
Gustaf Sjökvists Kammorkör performing at the ‘Kärlekens tid’ concerts

To celebrate both the release of the album Kärlekens Tid and the musical life of choir master Gustaf Sjökvist, Benny Andersson and Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör performed two concerts at Eric Ericsonhallen, Skeppsholmen on Sunday 20 September.

Every word they sing is crystal clear. They make such a beautiful, soft sound. Like a butterfly wrapped in cotton…

snip_20150918092220smThe choir, whose founder passed away earlier this year, was conducted by Cecilia Rydinger Alin, Rector of Stockholm’s Kungliga Musikhögskolan. Benny was on the grand piano and Göran Arnberg accompanied on keyboards.

The running order for both performances featured all eleven of the Benny Andersson penned tracks included on the new album, along with four pieces of music by other composers.

  • Anthem (Benny Andersson/Tim Rice/Björn Ulvaeus)
  • Historien om schack (Benny Andersson/Tim Rice/Björn Ulvaeus)
  • Innan gryningen (Benny Andersson/Ylva Eggehorn)
  • Kärlekens tid (Benny Andersson/Ylva Eggehorn)
  • Ansikte mot ansikte (Anna Cederberg-Orreteg/Tomas Tranströmer)
  • Minnena ser mig (Anna Cederberg-Orreteg/Tomas Tranströmer)
  • Lilla skara (Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus)
  • Down to the sacred wave (Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus)
  • De flyendos kör (Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus)
  • Var hör vi hemma (Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus)
  • Vid Havet (Gösta Nystroem/Ebba Lindquist)
  • Havet (Gösta Nystroem/Vilhelm Ekelund)
  • En skrift i snön (Benny Andersson/Kristina Lugn)
  • O klang och jubeltid (Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus)
  • Vilar glad. I din famn (Benny Andersson/Kristina Lugn)

Finale:

  • Slängpolska efter Bysskalle (trad.)

Benny told icethesite that recording and performing with Gustaf Sjökvist’s Kammarkör had been completely joyous:

“They are really so good,” he said. “Every word they sing is crystal clear. They make such a beautiful, soft sound. Like a butterfly wrapped in cotton.”

Among the audience were Björn Ulvaeus, Kristina Lugn and Ylva Eggehorn, lyricists featured on the Kärlekens Tid release.

Although no dates or venues are yet confirmed, Benny hopes that he and the choir will perform together at concert halls around Sweden during the Spring of 2016.

Kärlekens Tid is available to buy on CD or download now.

Benny addressing the audience at Eric Ericsonhallen, Skeppsholmen
Benny addressing the audience at Eric Ericsonhallen, Skeppsholmen

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2 Replies to “Benny Andersson and Gustaf Sjökvists Kammarkör – ‘Kärlekens tid’ concerts”

  1. Please make this CD available in other countries. Perhaps at least in the UK, so that I can get a copy without spending a fortune. I am eager to hear it. So excited. Please Help!

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