Albert Ehrnrooth

Journalist, photographer and social commentator.

PROMMERS WARM TO VIKINGUR ÓLAFSSON

BBC Proms Saturday 14 August 2021 S.Prokofiev Symphony no.1,  J.S.Bach Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056, W.A. Mozart Piano concerto no.24, D. Shostakovich Symphony no.9

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla's conducting style is elegance embodied

MIRGA MAGIC DELIVERS THE BRITISH GOODS

BBC Proms 5 August Ruth Gipps Symphony No.2 in B major, Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel Symphony, Johannes Brahms Symphony No.3 in F major I have been sitting it out for nine months, waiting for proper concerts with a live […]

Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy, about 1620-25 Oil on canvas Artemisia Gentileschi

ARTEMISIA CUTS A DASH, AND A HEAD OR TWO

Artemisia, National Gallery in London 3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021 Don’t try this at home. Just try to imagine what it would be like to slice somebody’s head off with a sword. First of all,you have to make […]

WORLD-BEATING DANISH COLLECTION OF FRENCH ART

Gauguin and the Impressionists, seen at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (until 18 October 2020) Pictures from the Danish ‘Golden Age’ of art (first half of the 19th century) and Vilhelm Hammershøi’s understated, almost stark interiors have this century […]

GOLDEN AGE INFLUENCER NICOLAES MAES AT THE NG

London’s National Gallery and The Hague’s Mauritshuis museum have put together the first exhibition in the UK devoted to Nicolaes Maes,  a Dutch Golden Age painter who deserves to be more well-known. Even in the Netherlands Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693) is […]

Hans and Julia Rausing gallery

NATIONAL GALLERY REOPENS AND REINVENTS ITSELF

Do you think you know London’s National Gallery? Think again. The museum has reopened, now that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is deemed to have passed. But all visitors are still expected to wear a face mask. You will […]

N'Wana and Sotho dolls from South Africa and Lesotho. These circa 20 cm high objects were made by young women to enhance fertility. Once the child was born they became dolls or the beads were used as an accessory by the mother. Photo: Albert Ehrnrooth

ART CONQUERS ALL, THE SHOW MUST GO ON

This is my second report from TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s foremost art fair for antiques and design. In my previous blog I mentioned a number of blockbusters, both quality- and price-wise. In this article I am concentrating on some personal […]

The flower arrangements at TEFAF are never less than spectacular. De Quénetain's gallery's decor is pretty impressive as well.

TEFAF BATTLES COVID-19 VALIANTLY, AND WINS

Back home after two riveting days at the TEFAF antiques & fine arts fair in Maastricht and my head is still buzzing. No, it’s not the coronavirus that’s affecting me. When I am trying to process thousands of exquisite objects […]

HAITINK HAS HUNG UP HIS BATON AND BOOTS

BBC Proms 3 September 2019 Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4, Bruckner Symphony No.7       Vienna Philharmonic, soloist: Emanuel Ax, conductor: Bernard Haitink Last year it was announced that Bernard Haitink was going to take a sabbatical. A sabbatical at 90? It turned […]

WAS SIBELIUS A FOLKIE?

BBC Prom 20, August 3 2019 Violin Concerto and Symphony 5. J. Sibelius, violinist: Pekka Kuusisto, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard Where did Sibelius find the wonderful, hummable themes and melodies for his violin concerto and his fifth symphony?  […]