CD 5 Smörgåsbord!



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5 – Smörgåsbord!

Background to The Marais Project’s new CD, Smörgåsbord

We have been performing together in The Marais Project and many other ensembles for more than 25 years now. Alongside our shared musical loves, we also share a Swedish heritage. Tommie was born and grew up in Sweden, while Jenny’s Swedish grandfather, Knut Axel Eriksson, arrived in Melbourne in the 1920s. He never returned to his homeland. If it was not for a relative from Stockholm who wrote each year to the Australian branch of the Eriksson family, we would have completely lost contact with our Scandinavian forebears.   After many years of discussion, late in 2011 we finally decided to schedule a Swedish concert as part of The Marais Project’s 2012 concert series. It was quite emotional at times getting to know the works of Roman and Bellman and some of Sweden’s beautiful folk and other music through the unique lens of period instruments. As we worked on the CD we’ve also added a piece by Swedish jazz legends e.s.t, and there may even be a tune by ABBA!  We believe we can safely claim that this repertoire has never been presented in Australia in this format. We have made no attempt to assemble a comprehensive historical overview of Swedish music. We simply focused on what we enjoyed and a kind of Smörgåsbord emerged!  We are so proud of this CD and hope that many more people come to know more of this very special music that means so much to us.

Jenny Eriksson and Tommie Andersson, Directors, The Marais Project


  • Pascal Herrington — tenor
  • Melissa Farrow — baroque flute
  • Fiona Ziegler — baroque violin
  • Tommie Andersson — theorbo and classical era guitar
  • Jennifer Eriksson — viola da gamba

Track List

Carl Michael Bellman (1740–1795)

  1. Fredmans Epistel No. 2 — Till Fader Berg, rörande fiolen (To Father Berg, concerning the fiddle)
  2. Fredmans Epistel No. 12 — Elegi öfver slagsmålet på Gröna Lund (Elegy on the punch-up at the Green Grove)
  3. Fredmans Sång No. 32 — Afton-Qväde (Evening song)
  4. Fredmans Sång No. 65 — I anledning af Konungens resa till Ryssland, år 1777 (On the occasion of the King’s journey to Russia, in the year 1777)

Traditional set by Oskar Lindberg (1887–1955)

  1. Gammal fäbodpsalm(Old pastoral hymn). Arr. Tommie Andersson

Johan Helmich Roman (1694–1758) Sonata I (Stockholm 1727)

  1. Largo
  2. Allegro
  3. Larghetto
  4. Andante
  5. Vivace

Esbjörn Svensson (1964–2008)                                                                     

  1. Pavane – thoughts of a septuagenarian. Arr. Tommie Andersson

Marin Marais (1656–1728) Suite No. 2 in G minor from Pièces en Trio (Paris 1692                       

  1. Prelude
  2. Sarabande
  3. Rondeau
  4. Gavotte
  5. Menuet
  6. Plainte
  7. Petitte Passacaille

Swedish Folk Music Suite Arr. Tommie Andersson

  1. Låt till Far(Tune for Father) — Pers Erik Olsson (1912–1983)
  2. Födelsedagsvisa(Birthday Song) — Traditional
  3. Gråtlåten(The Crying Tune) — after Röjås Jonas (1921–1989)
  4. Gullklimpen(The Golden Nugget) — Timas Hans Hansson (1846–1916)
  5. Traditional Om sommaren sköna(In beautiful summer). Arr. Tommie Andersson
  6. Andersson, Ulvaeus and Andersson — Courante La Waterlô. Arr. Tommie Andersson

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