New CD! – Songs by the Swedish railway workers

In september 2014 the CD Rallarnas Visor was released! It contains songs made and sung by the Swedish railway workers during the late nineteenth century.  Johanna sings together with Pär Engman – guitar and vocals, and Görgen Antonsson – fiddles. You can watch a video from the release concert here:


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Foto: Börje Dahrén

Foto: Börje Dahrén

LIVE got the Swedish Grammis Awards

Nice news – Karin Rehnqvist`s CD album LIVE got the Swedish Grammis Awards (equivalent of the Grammy Awards) in the category Classical!
Johanna Bölja has the honour to sing a piece called Quem chama? together with Marie Axelsson and ensemble. This piece was recorded at the Casa di Musica in Porto, Portugal 2008.

In february 2014 the piece was made in Royal Festival Hall in London, with Marie Axelsson & Johanna Bölja Hertzberg (singers), members of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Peter Tilling (conductor).

Said about Quem chama:

The music seems to be standing on tiptoe so that the heartrending herding calls and the unanswered question underpinning them (‘Who’s that calling?’) will make itself heard right out across the Atlantic Ocean.

You can read more about Karin Rehnqvist and her music here.

Philharmonia Orchestra, Marie Axelsson, Johanna Bölja Hertzberg and Peter Tilling in Royal Festival Hall

Here is a review from a concert in Royal Festival Hall on the 27th of february:

Never stop being curious … or the music of Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist might pass you by. She was the latest subject of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today series – free and informal, just turn up.

Finally, Quem chama? Who’s that calling? This 13-minute “happening” for two voices, one and a pair of trumpets placed behind the platform, the other and two trombones at the rear of the audience. The vocalists offer Swedish herding cries, primeval in effect. On the platform the sinewy writing exploits low registers. It’s a physical and naturalistic piece – Canteloube meets Xenakis, to quote an irresistible comment shared with me afterwards, and with an apotheosis that, strangely, recalled the close of Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. The two singers carried to all corners (with no need of amplification) and Peter Tilling had the measure of perspectives and directions.

You can read the whole review here!

Starting to record Songs of the railway workers

This autumn Johanna Bölja, Görgen Antonsson and Pär Engman have started to record the Songs of the railway workers. It is big fun to play these songs and Anders Nygårds, who´s recording us, is a great person to work with! Hopefully the cd will be released in summer 2014.

Songs about death

During 2013 Johanna has been working with Bölja/Hallberg/Härdelin/Ståbi and their project titled Songs about death. They have been going through historic music archives in search of new material for the project, arranging music and making plans to bring the music to the stage. You will se the result in spring 2014, when they are ready to go on tour.