Tranströmer Songs

Tranströmer songs by Benjamin Stearn with New European Ensemble

Sorgegondolen (1996) is a collection of poems by Tomas Tranströmer, for which he received the August Prize in the same year. The title is taken from a piece of classical music, La Lugubre Gondola (The Funeral Gondola), by Franz Liszt. One of the poems actually features Liszt himself along with his son-in-law Richard Wagner. Tranströmer suffered a stroke when half the poems had been written. However, he subsequently completed the poetry collection, and for the reader it is nearly impossible to determine which poems came before and after. Sorgegondolen is the first collection of poems in which Tranströmer used haiku. Tomas Tranströmer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011.

Staern’s Tranströmer Songs (2009) was commissioned by the Dutch New European Ensemble. The recording is from the New European Ensemble’s concert at the Palladium in Malmö as part of the 2013 Connect Festival.