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Sibelius & Mahler: Maria Forsström & Matti Hirvonen

22 October 2017, 19:30


Concert

Evening


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Holywell Music Room

Holywell St
Oxford
OX1 3BN



In the centenary year of Finnish independence, it seems apt to celebrate the country’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius, who met Mahler in 1907. Following a selection of Sibelius songs, this exceptional duo of Swedish artists perform Mahler’s profoundly moving Kindertotenlieder.


Artist Portrait

Maria Forsström

Maria Forsström

Mezzo-soprano

Maria Forsström was born in Gothenburg on the Swedish West coast. She is a singer of broad perspectives; being equally at ease at a Lieder recital and in the great symphonic repertoire as on the opera stage. She is much appreciated for her Mahler interpretations and her joy of exploring different musical styles. Her repertoire spans from early Baroque over Mozart and Verdi to 20th century composers such as Luciano Berio and Benjamin Britten. An accomplished church organist and pianist, Maria Forsström graduated first as a church... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Matti Hirvonen

Matti Hirvonen

Pianist

Pianist Matti Hirvonen was born in Sweden and lives in Stockholm. His career as an accompanist began at the invitation of the famous soprano Elisabeth Söderström, and he now performs Lieder regularly with Nina Stemme, Hillevi Martinpelto, Miah Persson, Camilla Nylund, Katarina Karnéus, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ann Hallenberg, Anna Larsson, Håkan Hagegård, Bo Skovhus, Peter Mattei, and Wolfgang Holzmair among many others. A regular guest at European festivals including Edinburgh, Grafenegg, Aix-en Provence, and ... Read Full Biography

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