Magazine article Gramophone

'So Many Things'

Magazine article Gramophone

'So Many Things'

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'So Many Things'

Adams Am I in your light? Bjork Cover me. Hunter K Bush Pi Costello Speak darkly, my angel Hillborg Kvall Jacobsen For sixty cents Mehldau Love Sublime Muhly So Many Things C Shaw Cant voi l'aube Sumner/Mathes Practical Arrangement Walnwright Les feux d'artifice t'appellent Anne Sofie von Otter mez Brooklyn Rider Naive (F) V5436 (64' * DDD * T)

This mix of songs by pop/jazz composers who have worked with the classics, and vice versa, goes further than mere 'crossover': it's rather a kind of early-2 lst-century Lieder recital, in von Otter's words 'bringing the two worlds together'. After three previous essays in the genre, she now shows added assurance in projecting such styles of song.

A listen to the 'originals' where they exist confirms both her range of interests and this record's success in encompassing these songs with chamber forces. For example, the ferocious irony and sinister bolero backing of Icelandic magus-figure Bjork's 'Hunter'--a very electronic sound--are mirrored here in the quartet's nagging bowing and von Otter's treated vocals.

And Erik Arvinder's almost atonal string arrangement well illustrates Bjork's escape into unreality, 'Cover me'. …

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