Kristina från duvemåla & 16 Favoriter Ur Kristina
solo work by Helen Sjoholm, Peter Joback
Beyond a wide ocean"
This is the original cast recording to the Malmo production of the musical "KRISTINA från Duvemåla ". Benny and Björn wrote the music and lyrics for this musical version of Vilhem's Moberg's classic UTVANDRARPOS. The books are known in English as THE EMIGRANTS saga.
KRISTINA is the apex of Björn and Benny's songwriting careers. KRISTINA is their most ambitious work,a very brave effort to adapt a classic Swedish book into a musical .The whole process- writing,staging, and then making the record took six years. (the idea began germinating in Benny's mind in the Spring of 1989). Some of the delay, was due to the time it took Bjorn and Benny just to get comfortable with the material..
On this record ,the lengthly
EMIGRANTS saga is distilled into 39 songs covering three CD's.
The stage musical itself was almost four hours..It premiered
on 7 October 1995 in Malmo. The cast album was released nearly
a year after the first staging. The stage production moved to
Stockholm in 1998, and closed in Stockholm in June 1999.
Unlike B& B's 1984 rock musical CHESS ,KRISTINA is somewhat removed from ABBA and rock n roll. Most of the songs feature a full orchestra acompianment .KRISTINA does not generally attempt to meld rock with musical forms. Still, many of the songs have rock instrumentation. Nor does, KRISTINA exactly sound like a Broadway musical. It's more like opera. Perhaps, it could best described as Swedish folk opera.
For the first time, officially,
Benny and Björn's
This split in their roles had
been evolving over time. When B&B began writing together
in the 1960's both had a hand in the writing the lyrics &
the music. Benny, stopped writing lyrics in the mid -seventies,
leaving all the lyrics to Björn (or Stig) Benny had always
given more of the music in their songwriting partnership, but
Björn's musical role seem to begin to diminish significantly
with ABBA's 1980's synthesizer dominated music.
The ABBA band and Björn do not play much of a role here musically since the music primarily is scored for an Orchestra ,not a rock band. Björn, Rutger Gunnarson, and Lasse Wellander do put in a minor appearence on the album, somewhat obscurely as The Three Boys.
Interestingly, Björn and Benny chose to write KRISTINA largely in Swedish, their first album length work together since LYCKA to be recorded in Swedish. This has meant that the musical has had a special resonance in Sweden, but this also meant that the musical is not widely known outside Sweden. Björn has had considerable trouble writing a English version of the musical so that it could be performed in America and elsewhere. Indeed Björn has shown more interest in puttering around with Mamma Mia. Writing English lyrics to KRISTINA that are as good as the Swedish lyrics apparently is quite a daunting task. A inital English version was finished in 2005 with the help of another lyricist....
The EMIGRANTS saga was originally told in four books written in the late 1940's and 1950's. The four parts are titled in English: THE EMIGRANTS, UNTO A GOOD LAND, THE SETTLERS, and LAST LETTER HOME. A famous film adaption of the books starring Liv Ullmann was made in the 1970's .
As a whole, the four books tell the story of band of emigrants who leave southern Sweden to move to Minnesota in about 1850. The town nearest to where the emigrants end up is called Taylor Falls. Taylor Falls ,Minnesota is an actual town on the Wisconsin Border near Minneapolis. The books spent a lot of time explaining why the Emigrants leave, a lot of time showing the hardship of the ship journey, and then the remainder of the time showing the fates that befall the former Swedes when they live in America. The lyrics in this musical version are surprisingly faithful to the original book- this isn't a " Hollywood" adaption. Only a few of the songs include things that did not occur in the books. The KRISTINA of the title is a fictional KRISTINA Nilson who was born in Duvemala. The role is played on the album by the highly likable (and previously little known) Helen Sjöholm. It is Helen's comely face that graces the stamp on the album cover.
The book of the play includes
lots of dialogue and unlike CHESS ,the dramatic parts
of the play are usually just as interesting as the music. However
musically, KRISTINA is not quite as a interesting
It is dissapointing that B&B have only had the opportunity to write two original musicals in the 20 years since Abba.Various side projects,Bjorn's moving to England, Bjorn's decreasing creative energies, delays in the productions of CHESS & KRISTINA as well as simply the lack of good ideas have all meant that B&B have not been as prolific as they might have been. So for some reason, B&B have not bothered to followup Kristina with another original musical. Instead ,Bjorn has focused mainly on Mamma Mia, Bjorn has occasionally devoted time on efforts to revive CHESS, and translate Kristina to English . Benny , spents a lot of time on his work wiith the BAO, and on working with acts on his Mono record label, . It would be very surprising at this point in their lives if B&B actually were able to write a new musical at all, let alone, a musical of the quality CHESS or KRISTINA.
As impressive as KRISTINA
is , it is one of Bjorn and Benny's least accessible works (at
least to the non-Swede) -the length and seriousness of the musical,
foreign language, and sameness of the orchestration work against
it as possible international stage success.There is just an incredible
amount of music involved.
Some of KRISTINA's musical numbers stand out more than others. The opening overture and the first song sung by Kristina show off immediately the influence of Swedish folk music.
On the second CD notice the juxtapostion
of the Americans with emigrant Swedes in "A Sunday in Battery
Park" . You actually get to hear the chorus singing in English
and Swedish in counterpoint. (Three or four songs of the 39 have
a smattering of English in them).
CD#3 has the two second act showstoppers;
"Du Maste Finnas" (You must Exist"). "Du
Maste..." is a song in which Kristina questions GOD's existence
(try to imagine ABBA doing a song like that) .
The other great song in the second
Anders Eljas conducted the orchestra
This is a challenging album to listen to and an expensive one to buy. KRISTINA is perhaps the most important of the ABBA solo records.
2009 ENGLISH VERSION OF KRISTINA
The next step for KRISTINA is to bring it to Broadway in a English language version. Björn has been worked on the English language translation of 'Kristina från Duvemåla' with Herbert Kretzmer (who translated 'Les Miserables')." and John Weidman, who wrote the books to "Pacific Overtures" and "Assassins." That version was being workshopped,but apparently possible investors thought the working draft was "too sad", Benny and Bjorn also had problems finding a suitable American actress to play Kristina and so they recorded a concert version intead ..Various Artists -Kristina at Carnegie Hall- , Universal Decca label, Planned release April 2010 This is the long awaited English language concert version of Kristina Fran Duvemala. The concert occurred on September 2009 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert featured Helen Sjoholm and Russell Watson. It received largely good reviews but some of the critics did not like it. Benny will produce the release of the CD version of this concert. The concert will repeated in London on April 14, 2010. There are plans also to bring Kristina to Helsinki in 2012. Musical numbers that were peformed at Carnegie Hall: Act One Overture Path of Leaves and Needles Where You Go I Go With You Stone Kingdom Down to the Sea A Bad Harvest No! He's Our Pilot Never Golden Wheat Fields All Who Are Grieving We Open Up the Gateways Peasants at Sea Lice In the Dead of Darkness A Sunday in Battery Park Home American Man Dreams of Gold Summer Rose Act Two Emperors and Kings Twilight Images Calling Queen of the Prairie Wild Grass Gold Can Turn To Sand Wildcat Money To the Sea Miracle of God Down to the Waterside Miscarriage You Have To Be There Here I Am Again With Child Again Rising from the Myth and Legend I'll Be Waiting There Summer Rose
|Details for KRISTINA FRAN DUVEMALA
Album Produced by Benny Andersson, All Songs written by Andersson-Ulvaeus
Engineered by Bernard Lohr
Recorded in Malmo & Stockholm Sweden, 1995 /1996
Released only in Scandinavia October 1996
|Track listing for Kristina från duvemåla with English translated title
Original Malmo Cast-Sexton Favoriter Ur Kristina November 1999 Swedish CD
16 Favoriter Ur Kristina is a
one disc abridgment
collection of some of the best songs from the
1996 3-cd KRISTINA cast album. Ten songs were chosen from the first act and six songs were chosen from ACT II.
This was released in November
three full years after the original three disc
set. The cover on the CD is black with 16 small stamps .
This collection is worth getting if you just want a taste of Kristina.
To read about other Andersson-Ulvaeus albums click here
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To learn more about KRISTINA visit these great web sites
* ABBAnatic: Kristina!
* Kristina English translation by Michael Cain
* Kristina från Duvemåla-the official site ! (in English & Swedish)
Some of the SOLO ALBUMS RECORDED by the principals of KRISTINA
Swedish singer/actor who played Robert in Kristina fran Duvemala, Peter has also released Swedish solo records. Among the songs he has recorded is a new Swedish version of "Pity The Child' with lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus.
Peter Jöback - Personliga Väl
This CD includes "pity The Child" in Swedish, and Peter's version of "Du Maste Finna
Track lisitng -Nu eller adrig, Led hans väg, Varför
Gud ?, En sång om oss, Spindelkvinnans kyss, De t måste
finnas bättre liv än det här/På väg,
Ut mot ett hav, Jag vill inte ha nåt regn på min parad,
Nåt fint som pågår/Varje dag som går,
Vem ser ett barn, Ett hörn av himlen
Peter Joback-Only When I breathe September 2000 Swedish CD
New CD by the breakout star of Kristina Fran Duvemala. Features the single "Higher" , No participation by any former members of ABBA. And ,yes people do breathe most of the time!
PETER JOBACK - I Feel Good And I'm Worth It -Swedish CD Early 2002
Another new album from one of the stars of B&B's Kristina Fran Duvemala. Ths songs are inEnglish.
Track listing: She's like a butterfly/ Sinner,/Help somebody,/Freeway /My fatal love /Crying on the dance floor/This is the year/ Heal,/Northern guy/Time to get tacky/ Undress me/ I'm gonna do Peter' Joback- Jag Kommer Hem Igen Till Jul Winter 2002
This is Peter's Christmas Album.
Peter Joback-Det Här Är Platsen
Peter Joback with Göteborgs Symfoniker Storybook
An album of mostly American standards from the 1950's and 1960's.
Peter Joback-Only When I breathe September 2000 Swedish CD
New CD by the breakout star of Kristina Fran Duvemala. Features the single "Higher" , No participation by any former members of ABBA or by small dogs with colorful clothes...
PETER JOBACK - I Feel Good And I'm Worth It Swedish CD Early 2002
Another new album from one of the stars of B&B's Kristina Fran Duvemala. Ths songs are English.
Track listing She's like a butterfly/ Sinner,/Help somebody,/Freeway /My fatal love /Crying on the dance floor/This is the year/ Heal,/Northern guy/Time to get tacky/ Undress me/ I'm gonna do
Helen's starred in the B&B musical Kristina Fran Duvemala and has worked with Benny on his two Benny Andersson Orkerster albums as well as Chess Pa Svenska, and Fran Waterloo to Duvemala/
Helen Sjöholm - Visor Early 2002 Swedish CD
Finally more than six years after Helen's emergence in the B&B musical Kristina Fran Duvemala comes Her first solo album. All the songs are in Swedish. Benny Andersson plays accordion on this album.
Track listing: Allt under himmelens fäste, Horgalåten, Man borde inte sova, Vid vassen av den krökta ström, Här är gudagott att vara, Koppången, Lustvin dansar en gavott med de fem sinnena, Då väntar jag vid vägarna, Ombytlighet - vår tids gudinna, Vindarna sucka, Tusen tankar, Du som har mitt hela hjärta, Varning, Som en eld, Vårvindar friska
Helen Sjöholm & Anders Widmark Genom Varje Andetag- 2003 Swedish Cd Genom Varje Andetag
Track Listing: Sylvesters resa, Jag älskar dig, Jag har bara ögonblick, Sakta stiger solen, Genom varje andetag, Det finns något mer, Mozart och dammsugaren, Morgondans, Fastän du sover, Kärlekssång, Luffarsång, Säg mig för vems skull
Various Artists- Våra
Systrar Gå I Brokiga Kläder 2000 Swedish CD
This album is one of the first places you could hear Helen Sjöholm outside of Kristina Fran Duvemala . However, there is No ABBA music or ABBA band people on this album.
This Album has Poems by Karin Boye and Edith Södergran with music by Leif Strand. Performances by Ulla-Carin Gustafson, Johanna Nyström, Mija Folkesson, Rigmor Gustafsson, Sharon Dyall, Camerata Roman (Chamber Orchestra) and Leif Strands Women´s chior as well as Helen Sjöholm
Anders Ekborg - Äkta vara 2006
CD-DVD- November 10, 2006 Swedish CD/CVD
New album in Swedish by the star of Kristina and Chess Pa Svenska that features a new song by B&B called " Han som vunnit allt". This album has videos for all songs included.
3. När man vågar älska
4. Vinden i min själ
5. För dig
6. Vackra utan själ
7. Det var nästan som jag visste
8. Änglarna vill ha det så
9. Han som vunnit allt
10. Det borde vara jag
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