Midsummer Night's Mass

Gunnar Idenstam and Anders Paulsson
Photo: Adam de Bassac

A moving concert reflecting summer nights, soft sunsets and gentle atmospheric light. Church organ as a folk instrument with flutes, shawns and trumpets surrounding a partly sweet, partly lamenting, soprano saxophone. The music is from the Swedish folk tradition, and includes some painfully beautiful medieval ballads, slow irregular polska dances, leading into explosive vallåtar (a melody originally played on a type of birch bark horn), new folk music melodies, and triumphant wedding marches. The music is performed without interruptions, as a kind of a meditation.

Gunnar Idenstam, church organ, Anders paulsson, soprano saxophone.