Monday, May 4, 2020

Classical CD of the Month - "Anna-Lena Laurin: Shards of Time"

Classical CD of the Month
Anna-Lena Laurin: "Shards of Time" (Vanguard Music Boulevard VMBCD136)
Rating: *****

Featuring: Gitta-Marie Sjöberg (soprano), Olle Persson and Aleksander Nohr (baritone), Maria Carlsson (mezzo soprano), Mats Jansson, Irin Emeliantseva, Francisca Skoogh and Martin Sturfält (piano)
Cover Photo and Art Direction: Michael De Pasquale
Graphic Design: Alexandra Liljebladh

The brilliant Swedish composer, pianist and conductor Anna-Lena Laurin belongs to the new pantheon of contemporary classical music. Her symphonic and chamber works are extremely originals in aesthetic and content. This new album represents a new chapter on her outstanding career. It includes some lyrical works for voice and piano ("Men Improve With The Years," "Gud Ar Inte Stum," "Sanger I Vinden," "Ser Du...") that are the most fascinating on that genre since Claus Ogerman's "Tagore Lieder." The solo piano pieces ("Wind," "Piece To Irina" and "Shards of Time") are no less impressive, always adventurous in concept and form, performed by the different soloists with dazzling authority. Superb sound quality and artwork too.

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