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Bach Arias and Swedish Folk Chorales - Camerata Kilkenny with Maria Keohane...

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Camerata Kilkenny with Maria Keohane (soprano)


Arias from sacred cantatas - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Swedish Folk Chorales (Dala Chorales)


The Swedish/Irish soprano Maria Keohane has a repertoire which spans a wide spectrum of music styles from baroque to contemporary, including opera, chamber music and oratorios. Her busy schedule takes her all over the world, for example Wiener Konzerthaus, Bozar in Brussels, Tanglewood, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Handel Festspiele in Halle, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Royal Festival Hall in London and Thèâtre des Champs Elysées. She is in great demand as a concert and oratorio soloist. She has been honoured several times by The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2005 she got the Reumert Price for her part as Armida in Händel’s Rinaldo and 2014 she received the Jussi Björling prize.


Pairing up Bach’s music with Dala Chorales is an idea that has been with me for a long time. I was brought up in Sweden surrounded by fiddle and folk music, but from a very early age a strong passion for art music also developed within me. In a child’s world the incongruity between these two musical arenas, as defined by us grown-ups, doesn’t exist. The only thing of relevance was the beauty exhibited by these different worlds, and above all they were one and the same. Their significance for me today surpasses beauty alone. I have gained respect and humility at being part of this treasure, a wish to share this with my musical partners, and above all, to succeed in bringing this music to an audience. Choosing a selection of arias from Bach’s cantatas and mirroring them in the Dala Chorales has been a challenging, but also a very natural process. The messages portrayed in the texts are of the same world. Virtuoso, multi-faceted music crosses over to the naked chorales, both in Bach’s world and in that of the Dala Chorales. My wish is to interpret Bach with sincerity and heart, waiving the enticement to present his music as a technical display of virtuosity. At the same time I hope to present the chorales from Dalarna with the seriousness that they deserve. Above all, I want to share with you the joy and passion that at one time was sparked by the presence of an oversized violin in the hands of a child”. - Maria Keohane


Camerata Kilkenny’s latest CD recording of this programme with Maria Keohane has just been released on the Maya Recordings label. Further details:

www.maya-recordings.com

www.mayarecordings.bandcamp.com

www.cameratakilkenny.com


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