ENGLABÖRN & VARIATIONS Jóhannsson

JÓHANN JÓHANNSON
Englabörn & Variations

Int. Release 23 Mar. 2018
2 CDs / Download
0289 479 9841 9


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CD 1: Englabörn

Jóhann Jóhannsson
1.
3:11

2.
1:34

3.
3:27

5.
3:50

8.
3:07

13.
2:46

16.
4:03

Jóhann Jóhannsson

총 재생시간 48:06

CD 2: Englabörn

Jóhann Jóhannsson
2.
2:53

Jóhann Jóhannsson

3.
5:10

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Víkingur Ólafsson

4.
5:29

6.
2:23

11.
6:25

Jóhann Jóhannsson

총 재생시간 46:52

. . . the album's sonic palette is eminently familiar, but the compositions remain just as seductive, dramatic and captivating. Phil Spector built walls of sound but Johannsson's compositions are like kaleidoscopes of sieves. There are multiple layers but there's also a skillful economy to the motifs -- a combination at once airy, dense and vibrant . . . . The variations aren't a complete set, though some tunes get multiple covers. Johannsson's input validates them and they range from basic to complex to frenzied. Some of Johannsson's ability of compression gets diluted but the mysteriousness remains intact . . . ["Odi et Amo"] becomes an elegiac coda, a requiem for the innovative composer. Though seemingly ideal for winter, the 16 tracks on the 48 minutes of "Englaborn" trigger deep impressions in any season.

This reissue is poignant in the wake of the composer's untimely death, but its graceful melodies would be moving in any context.

. . . ["Englabörn"] has all the hallmarks of the film scores that followed: the knack for finding a heart-stirring theme and developing variations, the suggestion of emotional complexity in a handful of notes, being traditional in his sound while also suggesting new possibilities . . . a profound body of work that will continue to resonate.

. . . the most poignant [variation] is Víkingur Ólafsson's solo piano performance of the title track. Together, both sides to "Englabörn & Variations" will be sorely missed.

  • Jóhannsson: Odi et Amo [ Live at Elbphilharmonie ]

    Listen to Jóhann Jóhannsson’s beautiful track ‘Odi et Amo’ – now available remastered on the new double album ‘Englabörn & Variations’ on Deutsche Grammophon. Shortly before his passing, Jóhannsson completed a new record: 'Englabörn & Variations'. With this, now seeming like a parting gift, Jóhannsson reinterpreted pieces of his 2002 debut album 'Englabörn' and invited other artists he admired to do the same. Like Catullus 85, from which the famous verse Odi et Amo (I hate and I love) is taken, Jóhannsson’s record articulates a succession of emotional states. At times it’s almost jaunty, ushered towards certainty by pattering drums, while at others there’s an air of defiance but it never shakes off its elegiac mood.