Göteborgs Konserthus Stockholm: 18th and 20th centuries

Event has already taken place. We meet Carl Michael Bellman and Olle Adolphson as guitarist Mats Bergström and singer Olle Persson delve into two key centuries in the history of Stockholm.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission Scene: Stenhammarsalen
230-300 SEK Student 115-150 SEK

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Guitar and vocals from two different centuries, but one and the same location: Stockholm. Two well-known musicians, guitarist Mats Bergström and singer Olle Persson, interpret music from Sweden’s capital by composers such as Carl Michael Bellman and Olle Adolphson.

In 2021, guitarist Mats Bergström performed the premiere of a newly discovered piece of guitar music by Olle Adolphson who, apart from being a troubadour, poet and composer, was also an excellent guitarist. 300 years earlier, the German composer David Kellner wrote music for the lute in Stockholm. The national poet Carl Michael Bellman lived and worked in the same city, and ”the father of Swedish music”, Johan Helmich Roman, was born there. Both Bellman and Adolphson liked to write about love and everyday life.

Bellman’s poems contain narratives of childbirth, washboards, mangles and chickens, while Adolphson describes how love can be silenced or given a voice in everyday life through furniture and the wind blowing in the trees. These sounds of Stockholm are interpreted by two artists from the same city: Olle Persson, who is well known in Sweden for his beautiful voice, and Mats Bergström, acclaimed as a versatile guitarist.


Get to know the composers.


Roman Ouverture in E Flat Major 4 min

Roman Allegro from Drottningholmsmusiken 3 min

Roman Bourré from Assagio in G Minor 2 min

Kellner Chaconne in A Major 7 min

Kellner Campanella in D Major 3 min

Kellner Aria in D Major 4 min

Kellner Giga in D Major 2 min

Bellman Fredmans epistel nr 33 "Stolta stad" 6 min

Bellman Fredmans epistel nr 48 "Solen glimmar" 7 min

Bellman Fredmans epistel nr 9 "Käraste bröder" 4 min

Intermission 25 min

Adolphson Elva stycken för gitarr ur mitt musikaliska skissblock 24 min

Adolphson Fågelsång 3 min

Adolphson Fröken Frenssen 4 min

Adolphson Nu har jag fått den jag vill ha 4 min

Adolphson Trubbel 4 min

Adolphson Mitt eget land 4 min

Sunday 12 March 2023: The event ends at approx. 20.00


The Swedish guitarist Mats Bergström (b. 1961 in Gävle) grew up in Stockholm in a family of musicians. He worked mainly as a session musician during the 1980s on both electric and acoustic guitar. Two years as a post-graduate student at the Juilliard School in New York at the beginning of the 1990s were followed by a conscious move towards chamber music. Today he is often heard accompanying some of our most prominent singers, or otherwise as a boundless soloist and ensemble player. He has been a frequent guest with Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and the London Sinfonietta and has appeared with orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (HK Gruber: Busking), the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Tan Dun: Guitar Concerto) and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Kurtag: Grabstein für Stephan). Mats Bergström's acclaimed version of Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint has been presented in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms 2011) and Festival Hall in London, the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, Grieghallen in Bergen and Stockholm's Konserthus in the presence of the composer himself. In his discography, amongst his works of note are his recording of Bach's Sei Solo - the three sonatas and three partitas for solo violin, transcribed for guitar - which has been praised in the international press and was nominated for a Swedish "Grammis" award, Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin together with Olle Persson, and a series of albums with Georg Riedel on the theme of Songs Without Words.

Olle Persson baryton

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