Ketil Bjornstad

Suite of Poems (ECM 2440)

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Suite of Poems

Ketil Bjornstad

ECM

602567283560

ECM 152726

ECM 2440

JAZZ

1

CD 15,99 €

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.

PERSONNEL:

ANNELI DRECKER, voice
KETIL BJORNSTAD, piano

TRACKS:

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