Staffan Liljas

Staffan is a Swedish bass who performs in operas and concerts. He just released his first solo album Baroque BASS on Footprint Records. In May he reprises his role as Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis & Galatea at a concert with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Leonardo García Alarcón.

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Reviews of "Baroque BASS"

Detmar Huchting at Klassik Heute writes:

Staffan Liljas performs the vocal pieces with the extraordinary and consciensciously used beauty of his bass voice and with a subtle interpretation of the texts deeper meaning.

For all lovers of baroque music from the 17th century, this excellent cd should be another piece of the puzzle, lending further radiance to the collection.

Martin Nyström at Dagens Nyheter writes in “Staffan Liljas bass voice is beautiful sounding  and agile”

It is an ambivalent wealth of contrasts that is fully expressed in Staffan Liljas’ debut album, where he with his most colourful, sonorous and agile bass voice interprets Italian motets and English anthems from the 17th century. All of this to an accompaniment of the highest caliber by the organist Peter Lönnerberg, theorbist Jonas Nordberg and cellist Mime Brinkmann, who makes her instrument come to the fore as the albums second bass voice.

Joakim Olsson Kruse at Kyrkomusikernas Tidning writes:

The bass Staffan Liljas releases his first solo-cd and has put together a flowing program which elegantly shows both the full colour palett of his voice and introduces us to the possibilities for virtuosic and intimate solo singing for bass voice in the generations before Bach and Handel.

Everything is extremely enjoyable, but the high point may be the concluding English anthems by Purcell, Blow and Turner. Is one given the sense that Staffan Liljas here is most on his home turf? Can additional dimensions of luster in the timbre and an even greater variation in interpretation and dynamics be sensed? In some of the English pieces he is joined by a euphonious vocal ensemble, which hightens the impression yet more. Congratulations to an elegant and tasteful solo debut!

Bengt Forsberg at Musikrevyn i P2 says:

Awefully talented musicians, the music is from start to finish wonderful. It is a very likeable approach. I enjoy this cd a great deal!

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