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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Frida Meets Fans & Receives Eskilstuna Music Prize ! Photos !



Frida: "it's fun to be here. Feels different - in a good way. Very lovely memories."

Saturday 19th August 2017

Anni-Frid Lyngstad is in place in Torshälla. It's the fans too. Several of them have traveled a long way and settled in good time in front of the scene at Krusgårdsparken in Torshälla.

Already two hours before interviewing ABBA-Frida on the outdoor scene, about 60 fans were in place at Krusgårdsparken. They have traveled from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and England and most recognize each other, they have been seen before at ABBA hits across Europe. Out of the speakers are currently sounding - ABBA, what else?

Some of the best fans are extra upwards because they met Frida for breakfast at one of Eskilstuna's hotels.


  




In Fridas footsteps. Heiko Siekmann and Petra Janke fled from Frankfurt yesterday to listen to Anni-Frid Lyngstad today. Here on the stairs to Torshälla church school where Frida went to the middle school. Photo: Anders Nilsson



These 2 photos were taken by Stephen Cleary:

If you would like a copy of the fabulous Frida/Gunnar poster from this event, follow this link. Scroll to the bottom of the page (end of the article) and click on' affisch' for a pdf file

http://torshalla700.se/du-missar-val-inte-arets-mote/














Today, Frida was being interviewed live on stage in her former hometown Torshälla, Sweden. Frida was joined by Gunnar Sandevärn, whom she worked with in the 1960s, and they shared memories from these years as young artists and musicians. Frida also talked about her solo records after Abba and the new virtual Abba concert concept.
After the interview, Frida collected her music award she was already given in 2014 but couldn't attend the ceremony back then.
More photos and full report in the upcoming issue of 'ABBA Intermezzo'.
Photo © by Micke Bayart / Intermezzo



Photo by: Grace McCallum
Photo by: Terese Wedelin

On Saturday, Gunnar Sandevärn is interviewed with his old friend and music colleague Anni-Frid Lyngstad at the outdoor scene at Krusgårdsparken in Torshälla. Photo: Veronica Karlsson

Gorel Hanser collecting items to take to Frida for signing for the fans 😊 Photos courtesy of Stephen Cleary.





Frida home in Torshälla - to celebrate
  
Torshälla celebrates 700 years.
And of course, the city's biggest star comes to the birthday party. 
Frida is home again. 

Eskilstuna town Torshälla fills 700 years - and was celebrated on Saturday by, among others, ABBA-Frida.

Anni-Frid "ABBA-Frida" Lyngstad was born in Norway, but moved as a child with her grandmother to Torshälla. Her third marriage took her to Switzerland, where she is now living.

But now, ABBA-Frida has "come home". On Saturday she participated in the talk series "Alar talar med", led by the local profile Alar Kuutmann.Was movedThe audience cheered and applauded when the world star changed the scene in Krusgårdsparken in Torshälla to the tones of the ABBA classic "Dancing queen". She responded with an elegant bug and a kiss.- Oh, now I'm so moved. Thank you very much, she said from the stage.In her conversation, she told ABBA, and how her and Agnetha Fältskog's voices contributed to the group's sound."Our two voices together are very special. To the point, our records together were three octaves about. She is soprano and I'm mezzosoprano. I go much lower than she does and she goes much higher. They had an amazing vocal material to work with, not so many are spoiled for actually.Got Eskilstuna's music prizeABBA-Frida also received Eskilstuna's music prize and became a little celebrated himself as well.

At age 15, she began singing in Bengt Sandlund's big band. She toured for the southernmost audience before she became ABBA-Frida with a whole world.

- In the mid 60's I started my own orchestra, Anni-Frid Four. We were very popular and played at different dance restaurants in Sörmland, she has previously told before the celebration in a press release, according to the Eskilstunakuriren.

Anni-Frid Lyngstad is best known for its years in the ABBA pop group, but has also performed solo career after the ABBA era and sang duets with Ratata, Phil Collins and Marie Fredriksson.

She married the third time in 1992 with Prince Ruzzo Reuss von Plauen, and received the title Anni-Frid, Princess Reuss Countess of Plauen, but widowed since 1999. Anni-Frid Lyngstad was also married to Ragnar Eriksson between 1964 and 1970 and with Benny Andersson between 1978 and 1981.

Torshälla turned 700 on February 24 and is celebrated throughout the year.


Frida at Florapaviljongen for lunch

Torshällabon Alar Kuutman leads a series of conversations during the year and today he talked to Frida who grew up in Torshälla as small.Gunnar Sandevärn moved to Torshälla during the youth years from Norrland. He started his career as a pianist in various orchestras and toured with Annifrid Lyngstad in the 60's. 1963-1966 as an orchestra leader with Lyngstad as a singer."The first time I met Frida was at a school 1960. When she was over 15 years old, I thought she was a full-fledged artist already," says Gunnar Sandevärn.
- It feels good. I have had time to think about this quite a while. It is clear that you are considering and looking at old notes.Frida received the Eskilstuna municipality's music prize in 2014. Three years later, she accepts it.

Photo By: Anke Walkenhorst




It became a very dear reunion when Eva Berg, Anni-Frid's best friend from adolescence, stopped by after yesterday's appearance in Krusgårdsparken. These two often stood and smoked in a port at Nygatan in Eskilstuna.
- yeah, we did a lot of other things, too, says Frida and smiling.






  
 




Saturday, 19 August 2017

Benny Andersson 'Piano' - Memoirs ?


ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson has announced the 29 September release of Piano, his new album of solo piano music. The 21-track project features music from the ABBA catalogue, from Andersson's songs for musicals and other solo compositions, and will be on Universal Music Group's celebrated classical label Deutsche Grammophon.

Piano was recorded, with Andersson playing his trusty grand piano, with Linn Fijal, engineer and studio manager at his own RMV Studios, on the island of Skeppsholmen, in the heart of his home town of Stockholm. The first track to be released, a new version of the Swedish group's 'Thank You For The Music,'  is available immediately to download and via streaming services.

“In the process of recording this album, I have come to realise that the pieces I have chosen to play are an integral part of me,” says Andersson. “In endeavouring to reach for some core within them, I have found that the more I strip away the clothing, the closer I feel to the music, regardless of whether it was created last year or 40 years ago. In a strange way, I feel like I am playing my memoirs.

“It was very different to how I’ve made records in the past, and that was part of the joyfulness of it all,” he goes on. “Even without the bass, drums, guitars, strings and vocals on these songs, I think there is still substance in all of them. That was very pleasing to realise.”


Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group, comments: “This new collection of solo piano recordings will reinforce Benny’s legacy as one of the finest contemporary composers of our time."

Frank Briegmann, President & CEO, Universal Music Group Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon adds: “Benny‘s songs have revolutionised pop music. He is an innovator and one of the greatest and most creative minds of his field. With this album, he presents as clear and unobstructed a view of his musical universe as never seen before in his long career.

“Apart from that, Benny also reveals himself to be an amazing pianist and these new interpretations offer a whole new perspective on his work. Benny has wowed and inspired his fans many times and in many different ways. And now he is doing it again. Together with everyone at Deutsche Grammophon, I am really looking forward to this album and I want to congratulate Benny on this wonderful release.”

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/new-releases/abba-co-founder-benny-andersson-plays-piano

Get your order in now !

Bengaans Sweden
Universal Music
Amazon

No doubt this release will be available from many retailers soon 👍😄






Friday, 18 August 2017

Frida Lyngstad Interview & Award ! 19th August 2017



You're not missing this year's meeting !

During the 1950s and 1960s they played together in hooks around Eskilstuna and Sörmland. Now, ABBA star Anni-Frid Lyngstad and musician Gunnar Sandevärn meet again for a public conversation - at home.


Saturday the 19th of August at 16.00, the third call is held in the series Alar talks with. Alar Kuutmann meets the singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad and musician Gunnar Sandevärn. The conversation takes place at an outdoor stage in Krusgårdsparken and lasts for about an hour. Free entrance.


In connection with the conversation, Anni-Frid Lyngstad will also receive the Eskilstuna municipality's music prize. Anni-Frid was awarded the 2014 prize but could not attend the award ceremony.


Anni-Frid Lyngstad was born in Norway but moved as a little girl to Torshälla where she grew up with her grandmother. Anni-Frid was already singing as a child, and as a thirteen-year-old she began to tour Evald Eks orchestra. When she was 15, she started with Bengt Sandlund's big band. There she met her prospective husband, Ragnar Fredriksson, who played trombone but also pianist Gunnar Sandevärn. In 1964 and 1966, Anni-Frid toured as a vocalist together with Gunnar Sandevärn's trio. Gunnar Sandevärn then got a job as an entertainer on the Norwegian American Line, and Anni-Frid formed his own orchestra Anni-Frid Four with her husband Ragnar.


Anni-Frid won a talent hunt 1967, appeared in Hyland's corner and then moved to Stockholm. There she met Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog who later formed ABBA - Sweden's largest music export throughout the ages.


During the 1970's, Gunnar Sandevärn was part of the hugely popular Ingemar Nordströms orchestra. He is also "dad" to a series of texts on the Swedish top, such as Göta channel, where do all the beautiful dreams take the road and Krylbo Central.


Photo: Eskilstuna-Kuriren and Jacob Hansson


For more information:


Alar Kuutmann, Project Manager and Program Manager, 070-555 29 80, alar.kuutmann@gmail.com (for general questions about the Alar talk series).
 Annika Edetun Lahtinen, Anniversary Torshälla 700 years, 076-496 40 45, annika.edetun@eskilstuna.se (for questions about Torshälla 700 years and about the arrangement in general). 
Görel Hanser, Mono Music, 08-555 196 08, gorel.hanser@monomusic.se (for questions about Anni-Frid).
 Anette Pallhed, Communications Manager at Culture and Recreation Administration, +46 (0) 73-950 67 94, anette.pallhed@eskilstuna.se (for questions regarding the Eskilstuna municipality's music prize). 

http://torshalla700.se/du-missar-val-inte-arets-mote/ 


Annifrid receives Eskilstuna's music prize - three years laterAnni-Frid Lyngstad, Abba-Frida, will come to Torshälla tomorrow to join the celebration of Torshälla 700 years. Among other things, she will receive the Eskilstuna municipality's music prize, which she received in 2014.
Torshällabon Alar Kuutman leads a series of conversations during the year and tomorrow he will talk to Frida who grew up in Torshälla as small.
Gunnar Sandevärn moved to Torshälla during the youth years from Norrland. He started his career as a pianist in various orchestras and toured with Annifrid Lyngstad in the 60's. 1963-1966 as an orchestra leader with Lyngstad as a singer.
"The first time I met Frida was at a school 1960. When she was over 15 years old, I thought she was a full-fledged artist already," says Gunnar Sandevärn.
He is loaded for tomorrow.
- It feels good. I have had time to think about this quite a while. It is clear that you are considering and looking at old notes.
Frida received the Eskilstuna municipality's music prize in 2014. Three years later, tomorrow she accepts it.
She was born in Norway and moved to Torshälla Hälla


http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=87&artikel=6759090





Mamma Mia Movie Sequel - Pierce Brosnan Singing Boot Camp !



Pierce Brosnan in singing boot camp as actor gets ready for Mamma Mia! sequel

A source has revealed the Hollywood star is in training to "wow" audiences after he was panned for his singing in the 2008 movie.

Super trouper Pierce Brosnan has been in a singing boot camp as he prepares for the Mamma Mia! sequel.
Pierce, 64, was panned for his singing in the 2008 movie and wants to “wow” audiences this time round. 

“For the last film he had a coach he shared with his co-star Amanda Seyfried , but that wasn’t enough so extra measures have been taken this time.”  

After coaching in the US, ex- James Bond Pierce is in London to record for Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again alongside ABBA legend Benny Andersson , 70. 

The source said: “Pierce has been good humoured about criticism of his voice, but he secretly wants to wow people.”

Earlier this year, Pierce said: I believe the world is ready to hear me sing once more.” Pierce, who won a Golden Raspberry award for his turn as Sam, is reprising the role alongside Meryl Streep , 68, who returns as love interest Donna. 

The sequel will focus on Sam and Donna’s romance as youngsters, with Baby Driver actress Lily James, 28, in the role of the young Donna.



http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/pierce-brosnan-singing-boot-camp-11006290 


Pierce Brosnan has shared a snap of himself preparing for the Mamma Mia sequel, Here We Go
Again. Posing with Benny Andersson in a recording studio, the James Bond actor looked delighted to be working with the ABBA legend again, and captioned the snap: "Never thought his would happen again but, here I was last night once more, with the gracious and brilliant Mr Benny Andersson... ABBA... recording at Air Studios for the next Here We Go Again Mamma Mia movie. Magic."

Fans were quick to praise the photo, with one writing: "Love the post, I can't wait to see you in M&M2 and hear you singing," while another added: "Can't wait to see (and hear) what you all put together! Love it when you post behind-the-scenes pix." Pierce originally revealed that he was reprising his role as Sam Carmichael after sharing a screenshot from the original film back in May, captioning the snap: "Do wanna dance, or do you wanna dance? Mamma Mia here we go again"

Meanwhile, Lily James has also posted about the exciting sequel, in which she will star as the younger version of Meryl Streep's character, Donna. Sharing a snap of 70s style gold, platform boots, she wrote: "It's happening.. #TheDynamos #MammaMia2." A fan of the Baby Driver star commented: "I am actually so flipping excited for the Mamma Mia sequel!! I just know that you are going to kill it Lily." 
The film is scheduled to be released in July 2018, ten years after the original film. The cast, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper and Colin Firth, are all set to reprise their roles for the film, which will be written and directed by The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel writer, OI Parker.



http://www.hellomagazine.com/film/2017081741688/pierce-brosnan-mamma-mia-2-photo/




Dominic Cooper will be singing a whole lot more in Mamma Mia 2

Dominic Cooper has teased what we can expect from the sequel to Mamma Mia, saying how he’s going to be singing a whole lot more.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk about returning for a sequel to the 2008 musical, Cooper revealed how he’s excited to reunite with the cast, less so with his vocal pipes.

Cooper said: ‘I’ve seen the script and I can’t believe it. 10 years later going back and I’ve got a dance rehearsal set up for next week which seems extraordinary. It feels so peculiar.
‘I can’t wait. It was such a happy time living on a Greek Island and occasionally doing a bit of dancing and singing.

‘What will be intriguing is going back and seeing all the same faces and seeing where we’ve got to. It’s the same little family of people that you’re suddenly going back to after ten years. It’ll be funny.’
So is there going to be more singing from Dominic this time-around?
‘Yes there’s going to be more singing and I can’t believe they’ve allowed that to happen. It’s actually a really good song.

‘I was actually practising the other day just on my own. You’ll find out what it is if you just follow me around the street for long enough.’
As he can’t reveal which song he’d be taking on in the flick – which Abba track would he tackle at karaoke?
‘I don’t know what Abba song I’d do. The Winner Takes It All,’ he added.

Certified banger.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is currently scheduled to be released in 2018.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/04/dominic-cooper-will-be-singing-a-whole-lot-more-in-mamma-mia-2-6829716/


 

 

 

  

Benny Andersson - Piano - Tracklist !


– I have come to realise that the pieces I have chosen to play are an integral part of me. In a strange way, I feel like I am playing my memoirs.

May it be ABBA, CHESS, MAMMA MIA, a film score or music for the symphony orchestra. Benny Andersson’s melodies stand out as unique and his music has become an essential part of music history. Here we meet Benny at his beloved piano, listening to the music in its pure original form, the way it sounded when the melodies saw the light of day. 

We are proud to present Benny Andersson’s new album ”Piano”, to be released on the 29th of September on Deutsche Grammphon.

‘Piano’ takes listeners on a 21-track journey through his acclaimed and celebrated career as songs from ABBA, his musicals and other solo-compositions are re-interpreted as you have never heard them before, performed unaccompanied by just Benny himself, on his trusted grand piano. The album was recorded with Linn Fijal, engineer and studio manager at his own RMV Studios, on the island of Skeppsholmen, in the heart of his hometown Stockholm.

With this album – Piano, Benny is telling his story in his own way.


A first track ‘Thank You For The Music’ is available now.

The tracklist to Benny Andersson’s new album Piano released on 29 September on Deutsche Grammophon/Universal is now revealed on icethesite in its entirety. Scroll down here for full list.

http://www.icethesite.com/2017/08/benny-anderssons-piano-album-tracklist/

To accompany the release of the album, which will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download formats, a book of sheet music will also be released.

You can pre-order this amazing new release now from Bengans - available as a download, on CD & LP !
Release date is 29 September 2017.

CD here:  https://www.bengans.se/sv/artiklar/benny-andersson-piano-2.html

LP here:   https://www.bengans.se/sv/artiklar/benny-andersson-piano.html

Also keep an eye on Amazon.de  -  they have the downloads listed, but not the physical version yet.
But, you can sample Thank You For The Music now and also purchase the download version right now !

Thank You For The Music Sample



Tracklist:

1. I Let The Music Speak
2. You And I
3. Aldrig
4. Thank You For The Music
5. Stockholm By Night
6. Chess
7. The Day Before You Came
8. Someone Else’s Story
9. Midnattsdans
10. Målarskolan
11. I Wonder (Departure)
12. Embassy Lament
13. Anthem
14. My Love, My Life
15. Mountain Duet
16. Flickornas rum
17. Efter regnet
18. Tröstevisa
19. En skrift i snön
20. Happy New Year
21. I gott bevar

Looks fabulous - can't wait for this one 😊





Monday, 14 August 2017

ABBA Party Night At Windsor Castle !


Ma'am-a-Mia! Queen allows 500 staff and guests to party at Windsor Castle with music played by an ABBA tribute band

 

  •  Staff and guests danced the night away at Windsor Castle to the sounds of ABBA
  • Fans dressed to match the band's era and sipped champagne for £12.50 a ticket
  • The Windsor Castle Cinema Club was recently set up for Royal Staff and guests

Her favourite song is said to be Dancing Queen – so when Her Majesty allowed 500 staff and guests to dance the night away at Windsor Castle, it’s no surprise the music was provided by an Abba tribute band.


And when it got dark, the blockbuster film Mamma Mia! which features Abba’s hits, blasted out from a giant screen.
Fans dressed in fashions from the Abba era sipped champagne and boogied the night away as guests of the Windsor Castle Cinema Club, paying £12.50 for a ticket.
The club was set up recently for Royal staff and guests and has already shown Star Wars at the castle – but to have a live band and big screen film was a first.


Tanning salon owner Erika Baker, 48, from Windsor, said: ‘Members of the Royal Household were allowed to buy tickets for themselves and guests.

'It meant lots of ordinary people from Windsor could come in for the night.'
‘Everybody was very well behaved, and once you were inside you were encouraged to really let your hair down and dance and sing.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4785456/Queen-allows-staff-guests-party-Windsor-Castle.html 




The Queen hires ABBA tribute band for Windsor Castle party !


The Queen opened up Windsor Castle to her 500 staff and guests for an ABBA inspired party it has been revealed.

According to The Mail on Sunday, Her Majesty gave permission for a party to be held in the castle for her hardworking staff and their guests.

For £12.50 a ticket, the party attendees were treated to a showing of the blockbuster film Mamma Mia!, as well as live music from an ABBA tribute band.

One Windsor resident told the Mail: “Members of the Royal Household were allowed to buy tickets for themselves and guests. 

“It meant lots of ordinary people from Windsor could come in for the night.
“Everybody was very well behaved, and once you were inside you were encouraged to really let your hair down and dance and sing.”
The Queen is reportedly a huge fan of ABBA and loves to dance along to the music.

BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans told a friend that Her Majesty made the revelation during a dinner at Windsor Castle much to the amusement of guests.

When the song Dancing Queen came on, she apparently said: “I always try to dance when this song comes on, because I am the Queen, and I like to dance.”

Guests were said to have been surprised by the news, reacting: “My goodness me, there is the Dancing Queen.”



The 91-year-old Monarch is known to be a fan of music, and recently revealed she would love to sing.

This revelation comes from 23-year-old Laura Wright, who will be performing the National Anthem this weekend at the England versus Wales rugby match at Twickenham Stadium.

According to Ms Wright, The Queen told her that she would love to be able to sing and has even personally been told by Gary Barlow himself that it is “just a matter of learning”.



http://royalcentral.co.uk/uk/thequeen/the-queen-hires-abba-tribute-band-for-windsor-castle-party-86846 


MA'AM-A Mia GIG
 

The Queen opens up Windsor Castle to allow Abba tribute band to perform for 500 music fans

 

After the concert, that took place yards from The Queen's private royal apartments, the hit film Mamma Mia, was shown on a giant screen in her Quadrangle.

THE Queen threw open the gates of Windsor Castle to allow 500 music fans in to dance the night away to an Abba tribute band — right outside her own private royal apartments.

And then when it got dark she gave permission for the hit film Mamma Mia, based on the music of Abba, to be shown on a giant screen in her Quadrangle to carry on the party.

It was no surprise the Queen gave it the thumbs up after DJ Chris Evans revealed that Abba’s Dancing Queen was her favourite song and that she was a huge fan of the group.

Hundreds of fans dressed in 1970s and 1980s costumes sipped champagne and boogied the night away as guests of the Windsor Castle Cinema Club paying £12.50 for a ticket.

The Royal Quadrangle is rarely open to the public but last month while the Queen was at Balmoral she allowed it to be opened up for household staff and their guests to enjoy.

The Windsor Castle Cinema Club was set up recently and has already shown Star Wars at the Castle — but to have a live band and big screen film is a first at the Queen’s home.

Her Majesty was dubbed the Dancing Queen by the Swede Dreamz Abba tribute band that played more than 20 of the super-group’s top hits including Mamma Mia and Waterloo.

Hits like Knowing Me Knowing You, Chiquitita, Super Trouper and Money, Money, Money reverberated off the castle walls taking their fans back to the Swedish band’s heyday.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4236705/the-queen-opens-up-windsor-castle-to-allow-abba-tribute-band-to-perform-for-500-music-fans/