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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Orphée / Air Lindhurst String Orchestra, Anothony Weeden (Conductor)

Album Summary

>Johannsson, Johann : Flight from the City
>Johannsson, Johann : A Song for Europa
>Johannsson, Johann : The Drowned World
>Johannsson, Johann : A Deal with Chaos, for cello & electronics
>Johannsson, Johann : A Pile of Dust
>Johannsson, Johann : A Sparrow Alighted upon Our Shoulder
>Johannsson, Johann : Fragment no 1
>Johannsson, Johann : By the Roes, and by the Hinds of the Field
>Johannsson, Johann : The Radiant City
>Johannsson, Johann : Fragment no 2
>Johannsson, Johann : The Burning Mountain
>Johannsson, Johann : De Luce et Umbra
>Johannsson, Johann : Good Morning, Midnight
>Johannsson, Johann : Good Night, Day
>Johannsson, Johann : Orphic Hymn, for chorus
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jˇhann Jˇhannsson, known for the film scores of Sicario and The Theory of Everything, releases his DG debut album, his first studio album in 6 years. ORPH╔E is a melancholic, yet optimistic musical journey inspired by the Orpheus myth. Jˇhannsson's score captures many facets of his previous works including intimate string quartet pieces, large string orchestra works, electronics, drones, organ, piano, choir, as well as enigmatic shortwave broadcasts to create an evocative & immersive sound.

The Guardian, 3rd November 2016
J=hannsson'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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London (2009-2016); Copenhagen, Berlin (2009-2016); Danmarks Radio, Copenhagen (2009-2016); Reykjavík (2009-2016); Sct. Lukas Kirke, Copenhagen (2009-2016).

In the six years between And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees and Orphée, Jóhann Jóhannsson became a celebrated film composer, earning back-to-back Oscar nominations for his life-affirming score for The Theory of Everything and his ominous, rough-edged music for Sicario. During this time, Jóhannsson continued to work on personal projects including this, his Deustche Grammophon debut. In its own way, Orphée is also a little like a soundtrack: the composer drew inspiration from the story of Orpheus' ill-fated attempt to rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld, building on Ovid and Jean Cocteau's versions of the tale in his meditations on death, rebirth, and creativity. The Orpheus myth reflected Jóhannsson's life while he worked on the album: his move from Copenhagen to Berlin marked the closing of one chapter in his life and the start of a new one.

Like And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees, Orphée is both more intimate than some of his larger works, and immediately recognizable as Jóhannsson's. On "Flight from the City," a gentle but insistent piano motif rises and falls like breath, while strings deepen its sweet ache; layers of counterpoint inspire bittersweet wonder on "The Drowned World"; "Orphic Hymn" showcases the composer's flair for choral pieces, with Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices performing lines from Ovid's text in Renaissance style; and "Fragment II" offers a brief burst of his grander scale with its ever-widening sea of drones and strings. This piece features Orphée's main motif, an ascending harmonic pattern that also appears on the ghostly "A Song for Europa," which introduces the staticky, numbers station-like recordings that flicker through the album, adding another layer of distance and mystery.

Orphée's studies in change give equal time time to mourning and hope, whether on the spine-tingling "A Pile of Dust" or the way "A Sparrow Alighted Upon Our Shoulder" and "By the Roes, and by the Hinds of the Field" dance between joy and sorrow. Similarly, Jóhannsson makes the album's chiaroscuro qualities explicit on "De Luce et Umbra," where a shadowy, almost subliminal pulse adds tension to the skyward strings, and on the Emily Dickinson-inspired diptych "Good Morning, Midnight" and "Good Night, Day," where subtle transitions evoke standing between ends and beginnings. On Orphée, Jóhannsson expresses the need to let some things and people go to let new ones in with remarkable nuance, as well as the affecting beauty fans have come to know and love. ~ Heather Phares



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Works Details

>Johannsson, Johann : Flight from the City
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : A Song for Europa
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : The Drowned World
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : A Deal with Chaos, for cello & electronics
  • Performers: Hildur Dudnadottir (Cello); Johann Johannsson (Electronics)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: The American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : A Pile of Dust
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : A Sparrow Alighted upon Our Shoulder
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : Fragment no 1
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : By the Roes, and by the Hinds of the Field
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : The Radiant City
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : Fragment no 2
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : The Burning Mountain
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : De Luce et Umbra
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : Good Morning, Midnight
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : Good Night, Day
  • Performers: Johann Johannsson (Electric Organ); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Johann Johannsson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Weeden
  • Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Johannsson, Johann : Orphic Hymn, for chorus
  • Performers: Signe Asmussen (Mezzo Soprano); Paul Bentley; Ellen Christensen; Jakob Hammershoj (Bass Baritone); Jakob Jespersen (Bass Baritone); Johann Johannsson (Electronics); Kristin Mulders; Else Torp (Soprano); Chris Watson; Elenor Wiman
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral