Press release for immediate release
Cambridge, 23 August 2016
ReBach The World Debut:
The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden, 18 September 2016
By James Alexander
Perfect World PR
Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken
Well. We all know that, don’t we?
Bach is not broken. Indeed, he is perfect. Without a doubt he is god of the twelve notes. However, did you know that he is the most revised, revisited, recomposed, rearranged and readopted composer of all times. A quick search on Petrucci Music Library website reveals 1290 scores dating from as early as 1861. And the list of composers revisiting Bach is just as impressive: Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Elgar, Rachmaninoff, Reger, Modern Jazz Quartet…
You got a lot of guts coming here
Young Swedish composer Johan Ullén accepted the challenge of re-composing Johann Sebastian Bach's four concertos for violin and orchestra. He begins where all others ended, and leads Bach deep into 2016 AD: minimalism, electronica, film and pop music, while the fundaments are firmly rooted in Bach's original score. How cool is that?
The Swedish violinist Christian Svarfvar has firmly established himself on the classical music scene as one of today´s most interesting and exciting young soloists. After completing his studies at the Juilliard School in New York, he was appointed ” The Rising Star by European Concert Hall Organisation”, which led to solo concerts over the world, in halls such as Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Cité de la Musique, Palais des beaux Arts, Carnegie Hall, Kölner Philharmonie and many others.
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Maria Eklund is one of the most distinguished conductors of her generation. Educated in Moscow and Stockholm she is working regularly with the leading symphony orchestras and opera houses such as the Gothenborg Symphony Orchestra, Folkopera in Stockholm, next season Royal Swedish Filharmonic and Gothenborg Opera, Arena di Verona, National Opera of China etc. She is an artistic leader and conductor of a chamber orchestra “Stockholms Solister" who are all as the name suggests soloists in their own right.
Is it going to be any good?
Hard to say. As the people of the cult of light (the Sanskrit meaning of word “culture”) embark on creating something new, unheared and untested they are facing the possibility of defeat and humiliation. And there are always plenty of folks to judge them. And we know ‘em when we see ‘em… But this is the point of all the above. These three reputably talented and well qualified professionals still get out there and put all their talent, all their hard work, preparation and reputation on the line in the name of one Light they know and serve – Her Majesty Music itself. Following in the steps of the genius, Bach himself. And it is a great challenge which they have accepted.
ReBach World Debut: The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden, 18 September 2016.
©photo by ulrike von loeper