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Typical of Tokfursten was also that it succeeded

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Kvällsposten
Journalist: 
Matti Edén
Published: 
13 Jan 2000

“Typical of Tokfursten was also that it succeeded in telling this controversial contemporary story without losing opera’s demand as a genre for timelessness. The inner worlds of the king of fools are strongly portrayed.

A masterly opera

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Hans Wennering
Journalist: 
Hans Wennering
Published: 
19 Nov 1999

“The opera is undoubtedly a masterpiece and leaves no one unmoved. The music and action enrich the forms of expression and I have seldom listened to new music which so perfectly masters sudden shifts and does not let the musical lines be dissolved. The large melodic intervals in the vocal parts are mastered to perfection by the singers.

Tokfursten a modern gem of an opera

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Uppsala Nya Tidning
Journalist: 
Ulf Gustavsson
Published: 
18 Jan 2000

“To this story Carl Unander-Scharin has written remarkably luminous music which lies close to the words, voices, and spoken dialogue and which simultaneously succeeds in conveying something of the isolation and denial of life which are part of the existence of the young psychotic patient.

Tokfursten in a suggestive recording

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Norrköpings Tidningar
Journalist: 
Reidar Sunnerstam
Published: 
26 Jan 2000

“This is not an opera that one is enjoying; rather, it is a work of musical drama which impacts on anyone who has ever become involved in helping fellow human beings in psychological need. [...] Tokfursten is an important contribution to the debate about the care of the mentally ill.

Psychological opera suspense

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Svenska Daglbladet
Journalist: 
Hans-Gunnar Peterson
Published: 
13 Apr 2000

“This is a work of musical drama at once dark and colourful. It takes place in a clinic: nothing other than a nightmare world for those who are there and for those who are watching the drama unfold.

Robust musical drama

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Arbetet Ny Tid
Journalist: 
Lennart Bromander
Published: 
3 Dec 2000

Originally a singer, Carl Unander-Scharin

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Dagens Industri
Journalist: 
Henrik Kyhle
Published: 
14 Dec 1999

“Originally a singer, Carl Unander-Scharin created for the Vadstena Academy in the summer of 1996 this operatic adaptation of Elgard Jonsson’s autobiography about his emergence from schizophrenia. The debut was Unander-Scharin’s first full-format opera and was sensational in all respects.

The immediate merits of Tokfursten

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Musikdramatik
Journalist: 
Torbjörn Eriksson
Published: 
15 Dec 1999

“The immediate merits of Tokfursten include the fact that it is entertaining without renouncing the serious aspects.

This opera by Carl Unander-Scharin,

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Sydsvenska Dagbladet
Journalist: 
Carlhåkan Larsén
Published: 
12 Aug 1999

“This opera by Carl Unander-Scharin, based on Elgard Jonsson’s novel and given its world première in 1996 by the Vadstena Academy (with funding from Concerts Sweden), has now been released on CD and is an exclusive work of lasting value in the late autumn’s flood of recordings.

The Vadstena Academy´s successful opera

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Borås Tidning
Journalist: 
Rolf Haglund
Published: 
22 Dec 1999

“The Vadstena Academy’s successful opera Tokfursten about a teenager’s “seven years in the madhouse” has now become a double CD. The music inexorably beats forth feelings of anxiety, confusion and hallucinations, contrasted with the cool routines of the staff and occasional points of rest, all in a fine young interpretation.”
 

Now the entire opera is on CD. This is not a product for entertainment.

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Falu-Kuriren
Journalist: 
Seth Karlsson
Published: 
29 Jan 2000

“Now the entire opera is on CD. This is not a product for entertainment. But since the listener can follow all the lines in a well-designed booklet which also offers rich pictorial material, the recording should give rise to interesting conversations between friends. It was a gripping experience to be in the opera audience in Vadstena.

Dark Side of The Earth

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Grammophone
Journalist: 
David Fanning
Published: 
16 Aug 2008

"Curiously inspiring, however, is Carl Unander-Scharin´s "Tokfursten", a fearless examination of Schizophrenia, couched in a musical language, at once wide-ranging yet tautly disciplined."

The King of Fools is more than a chamber opera. It's part of the clinical record of a leap forward in mental-health care

Work: 
CD King of Fools - Tokfursten (1999)
Publication: 
Opera News, The Metropolitan Opera Guild
Journalist: 
John W. Freeman
Published: 
8 Sep 2011

The King of Fools is more than a chamber opera. It's part of the clinical record of a leap forward in mental-health care, a patient's-eye view starting when Elgard Jonsson, after a traumatic childhood and a schizophrenic crisis at age sixteen, entered a mental hospital in the summer of 1967.