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Image Orchestral Works
Three world premiere recordings: Aulin, Moberg & Andrée.
Valborg Aulin was a skilled pianist and chamber musician who studied composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm and for celebrities such as Nils W Gade in Copenhagen and Jules Massenet in Paris. It was there that she wrote the “Parisian paintings” in 1886, impressions from her stay in the French metropolis, which sadly were never performed during her lifetime. The music depicts the busy street life, festivities at Trocadero, a ballroom scene and the quiet of the night. This is a major find, which this recording aptly proves.
The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and conductor Johannes Gustavsson also perform two other works, never recorded before: Sunrise, an orchestral suite by Ida Moberg (1859-1947) and Symphony No. 1 by Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929).
Finnish-Swedish Ida Moberg was the singer who, after four years of study at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, returned to Helsinki and studied composition for Sibelius, amongst others. Her music is coloured by spiritual and anthroposophical ideas. The orchestral suite Sunrise from 1909 has, for example, subtitles such as Activities, and Silence, keen and sensitive reflections on human existence.
It’s a joy to present the very first recording of Elfrida Andrée’s Symphony No. 1, over 150 years since it was completed in 1868, when she was 27 years old. Elfrida Andrée (1860-1928) was a pioneering musician, conductor and composer. She is well known for her chamber and organ music, in fact she was the first woman in Europe appointed to cathedral organist, in Gothenburg. Her first symphony is a romantic work born out of its time, with many seeds of things to come.

159 kr
Image Symphony No. 7 in E Minor
“If one sought a musical manifestation of all the painful experiences and tragic failures of European history in the early 20th century, it would be impossible to overlook the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. Here, there is no harmony where discord is more fitting. Here, life cries out, with all the conflict and joy it prof-fers humanity. In their performances, Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerisches Staats-orchester have enabled these experiences to resonate in remarkable fashion. What better way to launch the Bayerische Staatsoper’s new label than with this outstanding live concert recording.” (Nikolaus Bachler, General Manager, Bayerische Staatsoper) Kirill Petrenko, general music director of the Bayerische Staatsoper from 2013 until 2020, conducts Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 – a pinnacle of the symphonic repertoire in a dramatic interpretation. This is the first audio-recording with Kirill Petrenko as chief conductor of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.

189 kr
Image Gustaf Adolf och Ebba Brahe (2CD)
Recording from the performance of the first modern revival at Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Stockholm, June 7th, 1973. Dramatic opera in three acts composed in 1787 by Georg Joseph (Abbe) Vogler. The libretto was written by Johan Henric Kellgren after a play by King Gustaf III. The year 1613. The war between Sweden and Denmark is drawing to a crucial point. The young and rather new King Gustaf II Adolf is in the field while Ebba Brahe, whom he adored ever since he was a child, is a lady-in-waiting to the Dowager Queen Kristina. Ebba and Gustaf Adolf intend marrying as soon as he got home, but the Dowager Queen disapprove their plans, and instead wants the King to find a royal bride. To prevent the marriage, she tries to get Ebba to doubt his love and fidelity, and intrigues. Eventually she gets Ebba marrying Admiral Jacob De la Gardie instead, and when the King shortly after return from the decisive battle against Denmark, he stands before the fait accompli. In his despair, he is considering to seek death, but is persuaded by his people continuing to lead them as a fatherly, wise and diligent King. The King realizes that duty and people's love is greater and more important than his own personal happiness. Gustaf Adolf reconciled with Ebba and congratulate the bride and groom.

120 kr (239 kr)
Image Funk is my Religion
Tender-hearted yet tenacious, Nils Landgren is a world-class artist. His Funk Unit’s groove is irresistible, and The Man with the Red Horn himself has led the band through their highly successful run of CDs, and in rapturously received concerts everywhere from Stockholm to Beijing. "Funk is my Religion" is the band’s eleventh album – the album title just says it all. Landgren and his Norsemen bring a passion, an intensity and a freshness to their craft which has remained undimmed since the start. For more than 25 years, jazz-funk has been the force driving Landgren. This veritable elixir of life produces the bubbling energy, groove and joy that can be heard and felt in every note of the music. The band’s deliciously easy and laid-back vibe gets straight through to audiences. With the crispness of their funk rhythms, blazing brass, cool vocals and persuasive melodies, a new chapter for the Nils Landgren Funk Unit is only just beginning.

135 kr (169 kr)
Image Parker's Mood
LIRA GILLAR! "En av Sveriges, Europas och jazzvärldens absolut bästa och mest anlitade kontrabasister kommer ut med sin blott andra (sic!) platta i eget namn. Varför så få? Kanske för att han varit så upptagen med att få andra att skina, alla från Bernt Rosengren till Scott Hamilton och Lill Lindfors och Bengt Hallberg." (Magnus Östnäs, Lira)

Högt betyg 4,5 (av 5) i Kulturdelen! "Parker’s Mood heter albumet, och det är en stämning som det är gott att vara i. Helt nyligen delades en Grammis ut för årets jazz-album 2020. Den gick till Amanda Ginsburg. Det skulle inte förvåna om Parker’s Mood kommer att höra till de nominerade för 2021." (Sten Wistrand, Kulturdelen)

Hans Backenroth: Bass
Erik Söderlind: Guitar
Klas Lindquist: Alto saxophone
Karl-Henrik Ousbäck: Drums

I’ve been listening to Hans’s music for more than 25 years in many contexts, and I have noticed how he has grown and matured as an artist. And how he’s always thinking “we” instead of “I”.

So, all things considered, here’s a tribute that everybody involved should be proud of. I’m sure that Charlie Parker would have smiled approvingly.
Yes, Bird lives!

Thorbjørn Sjøgren

159 kr
Image Blenda
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Image Viaticum (2LP Coloured Vinyl)

Esbjörn Svensson doesn’t really like to describe the music on this album, but he explains: "It is clear that the proportion of the composed elements has grown, as we don’t jam as much as we used to." When the talk is about the melodies and arrangements, Chopin has still a very special influential role for Svensson, but that of Johann Sebastian Bach should not be underestimated.

An almost telepathic understanding for one another means that the trio is able to record an album in which they know how to merge the intensity of their almost legendary live shows with the technical possibilities of the recording studio.

The trio places great weight on the titles of the individual compositions. Their titles invite, in just a few words, the opportunity to allow a deeper understanding of the music: "Letter From The Leviathan", "Twenty-Eight Days In My Veins", "In The Tail Of Her Eye". Don’t they sound like a sort of poetry? Svensson replies: "It’s really important to us to have titles that sound right. When the decision for the specific tracks is made, it’s usually left to (drummer) Magnus Öström. He takes the time to find the most appropriate concept. The art of this however lies in the fact that the imagination of the listener shouldn’t be distorted and each should be able to create their own image in their head."

If not before, the title track is likely to cause your imagination to run riot - do the three Swedes really mean "the Eucharist when administered to or received by one who is dying or in danger of death" as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary? Svensson clarifies the situation: "If you want to think of it in those terms, don’t let me stop you! But the word has another meaning. Just think of Viaticum as simply the provisions which the band would like to give you to take along on your journey."

319 kr (399 kr)
Image Symphonies Nos. 2 & 9
His first contact with music, Torbjörn got at the age of three when his father Iwan brought home a gramophone and played the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt. It made an indelible impression on Torbjörn and already at the age of four, he had taken interest in his mother Ester’s inherited piano. When the Soviet army marched into Prague in 1968 Torbjörn got the impulse to complete the Symphony No. 2 (for freedom), already commenced at the time of the 1956 Hungary crisis, but not completed then due to lack of time. He was now an established composer, and the piece was well received at the première with Malmö Symphony Orchestra under his own direction in 1971. Torbjörn Iwan fell ill in the spring of 1993 with cancer, and life and composing slowed down. He had since his move to the provinces less contact with the music scene in Stockholm and now it ceased almost completely. All available strength was used to complete the rediscovered symphony he surprisingly had found in his archive, which originally was intended to become number 5, but now was numbered 9. The symphony, which he called Survival after a series of successful treatments for the disease, and the song cycles Chamber Music to texts by James Joyce and Pour l’éternité to texts by Jean-Luc Caron were his last completed works. At his passing, an unfinished score of the Symphony No. 10 and another try with the Sarek symphony were found on his desk. [Dag Lundquist]

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Swedish String Quartets
Här samsas fyra sinsemellan tämligen skilda verk: Dag Wiréns nyklassicistiska tredje kvartett från 1945 och den åtta år yngre fjärde kvartetten med sin mer moderna och expressiva karaktär. Bo Lindes stråkkvartett från 1953 är ett sällsynt exempel i svensk musik på verkligt ungdomlig genialitet och Daniel Börtz dynamiska tredje kvartett från mitten av 80-talet har beskrivits som gåtfull, pendlande mellan oerhörda motsatser.

159 kr
Image Piano Concertos (2CD)
“My enthusiasm for Brahms goes back to my youth, and the piano concertos are largely responsible for it,” writes Sir András Schiff in a liner note for this remarkable new recording. It finds the great pianist reassessing interpretive approaches to Brahms in the inspired company of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. To fully bring out the characteristics of Brahms’s music Schiff’s choice of instrument is a Blüthner piano built in Leipzig around 1859, the year in which the D minor concerto was premiered. The historically informed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment plays with the flexibility, attitude, and responsiveness of a chamber music ensemble, as they work without a conductor, listening attentively to each other. András Schiff’s collaboration with the orchestra in a series of concerts was widely acclaimed: “Brahms’s First Piano Concerto was reborn thanks to the OAE’s incisive playing and András Schiff’s characterful phrasing”, The Guardian exclaimed. The musicians’ mutual wish to recapture the experience led to the present double album, recorded in London in December 2019. An extensive CD booklet includes liner notes by András Schiff and Peter Gülke in English and German.

299 kr
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