Ketil Bjornstad & Anneli Drecker – A Suite Of Poems (Lars Saabye Christensen) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:55 minutes | 999 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Settings of poetry and other literary texts form a special category in the discography of Norwegian pianist-composer Ketil Bjørnstads and A Suite of Poems, recorded at Oslos Rainbow Studio in June 2016, is a song cycle to put alongside such projects as A Passion for John Donne, Sunrise, and The Light.
Norwegian-Danish author Lars Saabye Christensen is one of Scandinavias most widely-praised contemporary writers. For many years now, in the course of his travels around the globe, Christensen has been sending hotel poems to Ketil Bjørnstad, a friend from their teenage years, inviting him to make music out of them. I started writing music to his poems more than 20 years ago, says Ketil in his liner note for this album. His ability to expose the inner conflicts we all bring with us in our suitcases is striking.
Christensen literary postcards explore a range of moods. Bjørnstad, who is also a writer himself, says: I feel very connected to the lonely, existential perspective of these poems, made in different hotel rooms. For this recording, Ketil worked closely with singer and actress Anneli Drecker, former lead vocalist of pop group Bel Canto.
01. Mayflower, New York
02. Duxton, Melbourne
03. Kempinski, Berlin
04. LHotel, Paris
05. Palace, Copenhagen
06. Astor Crowne, New Orleans
07. The Grand, Krakow
08. Palazzo Londra, Venice
09. Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg
10. Savoy, Lisbon
11. Mayday Inn, Hong Kong
12. Lutetia, Paris
13. Schloss Elmau
Personnel: Ketil Bjornstad (piano)
Anneli Drecker (voice)