Dear music friends,
The time is nearing when, once again, we start up one of Sweden’s most popular and well frequented Chamber Music Festivals, as always when summer is at its best. This year offers a sparkling, colourful programme, full of surprises. The theme is:
The Carnival of the Animals – the source of inspiration is, of course, clear to everyone – and is thus dedicated to our zoological friends; those living creatures without whom we cannot live, with whom we share our beautiful earth.
A lot of composers have been fascinated by animals and have in various ways transformed the characters and manners of animals into musical expressions. We often conceive the peculiarities of animals as mirroring our human characters and properties. Many works this year are humorous and cheerful while others are pensive and touching. Children will no doubt welcome the animal theme! Two choice family concerts will embellish the festival and give pleasure to both children and grown-ups. There is the ” Teddy bear concert” for the small children and their teddybears (!) with the guitar duo The Gothenburg Combo. And there is, of course, ” The Carnival of the Animals” from the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, here in a unique rendering with the well-known Swedish TV personality, Claes Eriksson (from Galenskaparna – The Madcaps), who will read his own texts, specially written for the festival and guaranteed entertaining!
The Composer in residence is Lisa Streich, one of our young Swedish composers whose music has reached the wide European public. We take pride in presenting female composers at the festival and also see it as our self-evident obligation to integrate contemporary music in the festival programme.
The rest of the programme is filled with very well known pieces of repertory – Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet not excluded, of course. But also – as is our tradition – with many less known items from all epochs. Everything is presented by artists on the highest international level.
So, book the whole week already now, inviting friends, acquaintances, relatives to a big musical festivity in Båstad. And join the Båstad Chamber Music Society, thus giving us a hand in our effort to enrich music life in Sweden.
Karin Dornbusch, clarinetist and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music