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J¢hann J¢hannsson, known for the film scores of Sicario and The Theory of Everything, releases his DG debut album, his first studio album in 6 years. ORPHE is a melancholic, yet optimistic musical journey inspired by the Orpheus myth. J¢hannsson's score captures many facets of his previous works including intimate string quartet pieces, large string orchestra works, electronics, drones, organ, piano, choir, as well as enigmatic shortwave broadcasts to create an evocative & immersive sound.
With music this hypnotic, who needs drugs? --npr (2012)
His stirring use of silence and aching melodies are entrancing. --New Yorker (2012)
Sicario composer Jóhann Jóhannsson is the next big thing in film music --Wired (2016)
- Product Dimensions : 12.44 x 12.44 x 0.2 inches; 10.02 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Deutsche Grammophon
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Date First Available : July 2, 2016
- Label : Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN : B01GG30478
- Number of discs : 1
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- #2,442 in Chamber Music (CDs & Vinyl)
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If you like the work of Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds or Niels Frahm you'll love this album.
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Orphée is much more than a poignant end to his innovate and groundbreaking career as a truly remarkable composer … so much more! One could say that it is a self-eulogy, expressed in the form of a composition of arresting music ... notation of an interior or spiritual voyage.
It is so sad that this singular composer, who composed such extraordinary, exceptional, distinctive, impressive and above all beautiful compositions left us … so soon. I feel a great sense of sadness but also gratitude that Jóhann Jóhannsson's music came my way.
Listening to his music now evokes poignant waves gently and slowly merging with the melancholic shore of ones heart … not a sad state or emotion but something much more complex and profound with beauty, love and peace there too … I guess it has always been like that whilst listening to his music! His profound compositions, especially his solo works came from an interior place. They were like an invitation to our own inner or spiritual worlds … a place where solace can be sought and experienced.
Jóhann Jóhannsson - 19 September 1969 - 9 February 2018. May The All-Compassionate rest his soul. Amin
It is based on the Orpheus myth and offers beautiful low tempo minimalistic compositions played on piano, violin, and some gorgeous athmospheric electronical sounds.
Being his first album with the acclaimed classical music lable "Deutsche Grammophon" Johann Johannsson probably wanted to make it exceptional. And he surely did.
In brief - this is a marvelous post-classical album, probably one of his best albums.
It's characteristically minimalist, a little bleak and restrained; each short track (the composer himself refers to them as miniatures in the notes) has it's own beauty.
Overall it's a contemplative and relaxing listen; the combination of subtle classical strings, keyboards, occasional voices and electronica has a rather glacial, spiritual quality to it that is greatly appealing.
The CD has a running time of just under 47 minutes – do listen to the sound samples above.
This is my favourite of his (I have about a half dozen now).
I have a liking for minimalist classical music and so so I was predisposed to this.
I hear traces (influences?) of Part and others (conspiracy contata anyone?).
It gets regular listens.