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Swedish composer Magnus Granberg (Skogen) places baroque instruments alongside prepared piano, objects and electronics in an exquisite 60-minute piece performed with an excellent set of performers including Cyril Bondi, d'incise, Eric Ruffing, Christoph Schiller, &c.
 

Granberg, Magnus
How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky?

Granberg, Magnus : How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky? (Another Timbre)

Label: Another Timbre    
Released in: UK    


"The Swede Magnus Granberg has rapidly become a key member of the Another Timbre family, this being his fifth album on the label in under four years, with four of those being his own compositions. Those familiar with Granberg's past AT releases will be delighted to hear that How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky? follows the familiar pattern of the others. As before, it employs material derived from another song-in this instance, Irving Berlin's "How Deep is the Ocean"-but there are few, if any, traces of the original in evidence. Instead, the piece establishes a pleasantly melancholy mood that typifies Granberg compositions.

How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky

differs from past Granberg releases in the instrumentation used to perform it. As before, Granberg himself leads a large ensemble, a ten-piece this time with him playing prepared piano rather than clarinet. Again the ensemble includes electronics, objects and synthesiser alongside acoustic instruments, with the Swiss duo Diatribes-d'incise and Cyril Bondi-here present for the first time. Bizarrely, the ensemble features the distinctive timbres of baroque acoustic instruments such as spinet, viola da gamba, baroque violin and chitarrone plus bass recorders. Consequently, the resulting ensemble is an amalgam of the 18th and 21st centuries, one that sounds as if it might not work but actually succeeds well.

Granberg's composition is not rigidly scored but allows the players license to play the specified music when they see fit, within a rough temporal framework. This gives it a loose, relaxed feel that is so typical of Granberg's work it is immediately recognisable as his. Yet another winner from Granberg."-John Eyles, All About Jazz




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Product Information:

Label: Another Timbre
Catalog ID: at87
Squidco Product Code: 21041

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Ackermannshof, in Basel, Switzerland, January 17th, 2015 by Simon Reynell.

Personnel:

Magnus Granberg-prepared piano

Cyril Bondi-percussion, objects

d'incise-electronics, objects

Teresa Hackel-bass recorder

Wolfgang Hillemann-chitarrone

Anna Lindal-baroque violin

Hans-Jurg Meier-bass recorder

Anna-Kaise Meklin-viola da gamba

Eric Ruffing-analogue synthesizer

Christoph Schiller-spinet, objects

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01. How Deep Is The Ocean, How High Is The Sky? 59:34