Johann Johannsson - Orphee (LP) | Deutsche Grammophon 4796322

Johann Johannsson - Orphee (LP)

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4796322

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 16th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Johann Johannsson
Caleb Burhans
Hildur Gudnadottir
Clarice Jensen
Yuki Numata Resnick
Ben Russell
The Dirac Quartet
Theatre of Voices
Air Lyndhurst String Orchestra

Conductor

Anthony Weeden

Works

Johannsson, Johann

Orphee

Artists

Johann Johannsson
Caleb Burhans
Hildur Gudnadottir
Clarice Jensen
Yuki Numata Resnick
Ben Russell
The Dirac Quartet
Theatre of Voices
Air Lyndhurst String Orchestra

Conductor

Anthony Weeden

About

Prolific and critically acclaimed composer Jóhann Jóhannsson releases his DG debut album. Orphée is his highly anticipated new studio album – the first in 6 years! Jóhannsson’s genre-blending score represents all facets of his previous works – from intimate string quartet pieces, to large string orchestra works, featuring electronics, drones, organ, piano, choir, as well as enigmatic shortwave broadcasts to create an evocative & immersive sound. Orphée is a melancholic, yet optimistic musical journey inspired by the Orpheus myth – Orpheus rising from the underworld, trying to escape darkness into the light. He holds numerous awards and nominations (winner: Golden Globe and ASCAP Awards; nominations: 2 Oscars + 2 BAFTAs, Grammy, 2 Critics’ Choice Awards, 2 World Soundtrack Awards).
 
“I started writing this album in 2009, using a number of simple contrapuntal themes. I began to reshape and transfigure these ideas, writing many different variations. These renderings slowly mutated over time in a process of deconstruction and re-assembly, to the extent that the original versions began to fade into the darker corners of my hard disk. Unlike many of my previous albums, this one didn’t start out with a conceptual or narrative theme binding the music together. Rather, the music seemed to be waiting for its form, for its momentum.” – Jóhann Jóhannsson

“Sicario composer Jóhann Jóhannsson is the next big thing in film music”
– Wired (2016)

“A composer at the height of his exquisite powers” – Q (2015)

“His stirring use of silence and aching melodies are entrancing.” – New Yorker (2012)

“With music this hypnotic, who needs drugs?”
– NPR (2012)

Tracklisting:
Side 1
1. Flight from the City
2. A Song for Europa
3. The Drowned World
4. A Deal With Chaos
5. A Pile of Dust
6. A Sparrow Alighted Upon Our Shoulder
7. Fragment I

Side 2
1. By the Roes, and by the Hinds of the Field
2. The Radiant City
3. Fragment II
4. The Burning Mountain
5. De Luce et Umbra
6. Good morning, midnight
7. Good night, day
8. Orphic Hymn

Reviews

Jóhannsson’s storytelling is stately and sombre. He does lush, spacious things with piano, organ, solo cello, string quartet, string orchestra, voices and crackling electronics, and the arrangements are sensitively done, though I can’t say I found much compelling drama in it. A beautiful resolution comes at the end when Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices sing a cappella text from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 3 November 2016

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