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Medieval tones and fresh modernism

Work
Byrgitta (2003)
Publication
Norrköpings Tidningar
Journalist
Reidar Sunnerstam
Published

“As a dramatic musical work, opera is strange and interesting. In 1996 Carl Unander-Scharin aroused so much attention with his opera Tokfursten that it was produced again two years later. His Byrgitta opera has qualities which may very well make it equally successful.

Damned saint

Work
Byrgitta (2003)
Publication
Expressen
Journalist
Lars Sjöberg
Published

“The virtuoso twelve-person ensemble – strings, a couple of wind players, guitar, cembalo and percussion instruments – make one think of the Renaissance but nothing more. Act I is the strongest in the opera, with a vocal and tonal sensualism I have not heard from Unander-Scharin before. The duets between Byrgitta and her mirror image (= conscience) are marvellously beautiful.

Byrgitta´s tonal language incredibly beautiful.

Work
Byrgitta (2003)
Publication
Svenska Dagbladet
Journalist
Carl-Gunnar Åhlén
Published

“In this, their fourth work together, the laconically poetic libretto alloys itself with the composer’s delicately transparent tonal fabric, whose light hints of contemporary isometrics (rhythmic homogeneity), hoquetus effects (‘hiccuping’) and Landini cadences create a new musical idiom so incredibly beautiful that one can never hear enough of it.”