Polar Star Prize 2021 | Tekla Nilsson

No one embodies the French spirit from the 1920s onwards like Francis Poulenc: tuxedo and haute couture in the salons, and exciting nightlife in the neon restaurants, where the world – in the pleasant haze of champagne – was a wonderful place to be in.

The music reflected the street life; was light-hearted, entertaining and cheeky – seriousness was completely out of fashion. Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata brings all this to life in its unadulterated and playful joy. But there is also a weightless melancholy, and quiet contemplation of how wonderful life really is. The music contains a wealth of expressions, which last year’s winner of the Polar Star Prize, Tekla Nilsson, fully embraces at this guest performance with pianist Peter Friis Johansson.

The Polar Star Prize is arranged by the municipality of Vänersborg in collaboration with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and several local, regional and national partners.


Poulenc Clarinet Sonata, movement 1


Tekla Nilsson clarinet

Peter Friis Johansson piano

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