Fernando Sor is one of the greatest composers of guitar music. Born in Spain in 1778 and musically raised in the famous Montserrat Monastery in Catalonia, he was one of the most skilled guitarists of the time and understood the instrument’s virtuoso potential, as we can hear in the duo L’encouragement.

The Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu was the champion of moods and liked to be influenced by the world around him. In addition to pure musical impulses from jazz, popular music and avant-garde, he also found inspiration in nature and stories. Bad Boy from 1961 for two guitars is based on music he wrote for a film with the same title. In the music, “The bad boy” appears as sudden modulations that break the pleasant flow. A strong cinematic feeling is also found in his suggestively beautiful A boy named Hiroshima.

Tune for Toru is a contemplative and thoughtful tribute to the composer Takemitsu, originally written for a jazz ensemble. Here we hear it in an arrangement for two guitars by Mats Bergström.

Göran Söllscher’s recordings of Beatles songs have received international attention and we hear, among other things, Penny Lane. This arrangement is by the Cuban Leo Brouwer, one of today’s key guitarist composers. From him, we also hear Micro Piezas for two guitars.

Golliwogg’s Cakewalk is the last movement in the Children’s Corner piano suite, from 1908. Debussy snapped up the underlying topic on a visit to London, where it was played by the famous red-clad Grenadier Guards of the British Army (see also Thursday 9 pm). In the middle part, one also clearly hears the “love potion motif” from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde several times. But before Golliwogg’s Cakewalk a waltz – La plus que spring.

Debussy, in turn, was a strong source of inspiration for Manuel de Falla, so when the magazine Paris Revue musicale wanted the latter to write a tribute after Debussy’s death in 1918, he could not say no. The result was Homenaje – Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy. In addition to the consistently serious atmosphere, Falla also integrated parts of Debussy’s piano piece Soirée dans Grenade.

Gershwin wrote Promenade, or Walking the Dog as it is sometimes called, in Hollywood for a film with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Gershwin came from Brooklyn and, just like Bernstein, had a close relationship with New York, where West Side Story, a big city version of Romeo and Julia, is set.

As a conclusion, Mats Bergström and Göran Söllscher return to Fernando Sor and Souvenir de Russie, the last collection of duets written by Sor in Paris. The first was the opening L’encouragement.

/Göran Persson


The concert is recorded by Sveriges Radio P2

Mats Bergström © Erik Adamsson
Göran Söllscher © Pressbild/Göran Söllscher

TUE 18 SEP 9 p.m. Palladium Malmö


Fernando Sor L’encouragement, op. 34: Cantabile
Toru Takemitsu Bad Boy
Toru Takemitsu A boy named Hiroshima
Mark-Anthony Turnage Tune for Toru
Leo Brouwer Micro Piezas
John Lennon/Paul McCartney She’s Leaving Home
John Lennon/PaulMcCartney Penny Lane
Claude Debussy La plus que lente
Claude Debussy, Golliwogg’s Cakewalk
Manuel de Falla Homenaje, “Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy”
George Gershwin Promenade
Leonard Bernstein I Have a Love & Finale from West Side Story
Fernando Sor Souvenir de Russie, Op. 63
Göran Söllscher guitar
Mats Bergström guitar

Tickets: 100 SEK, students and children up to and including 17 years of age: 50 SEK

This concert is part of the Festival Package