Norwegian-Danish author Lars Saabye Christensen is one of Scandinavia most widely-praised and prolific contemporary writers. For many years now, in the course of his travels around the globe, he has been sending “hotel poems” to his friend Ketil Bjørnstad, inviting him to make music out of them. These literary postcards explore a range of moods. Bjørnstad 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. Settings of poetry form a special category in Norwegian pianist-composer Bjørnstad’s discography and A Suite of Poems is a song cycle to put alongside such projects as A Passion for John Donne, Sunrise, and The Light.
ANNELI DRECKER, voice KETIL BJORNSTAD, piano
01. MAYFLOWER, NEW YORK 02. DUXTON, MELBOURNE 03. KEMPINSKI, BERLIN 04. L’HOTEL, 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