ABBA Co-Founder Reinterpretations On
180g Double LP!
Piano Versions Of Music From ABBA, Chess & More!
Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment,
announces an album of solo piano music from legendary Swedish composer and ABBA
co-founder Benny Andersson. The album titled simply 'Piano' is released through
the iconic classical music label Deutsche Grammophon.
'Piano' takes listeners on a 21-track journey through his acclaimed and
celebrated career as songs from ABBA, his musicals and other solo-compositions
are re-interpreted as you have never heard them before, performed unaccompanied
by just Benny himself, on his trusted grand piano. The album was recorded with
Linn Fijal, engineer and studio manager at his own RMV Studios, on the island of
Skeppsholmen, in the heart of his hometown Stockholm.
The tracks are tender, touching and emotional arrangements, highlighting the
theatrical, as well as classical-like qualities, both in writing and performance
of music that has touched millions around the world since ABBA first came
together in 1972. The music on this album reinforces Benny's profound gift for
melody, a gift shared with many great classical composer-pianists throughout
history, that have also inspired him throughout his life and career.
Speaking on the genesis of the album, Benny Andersson said: "In the process
of recording this album, I have come to realize that the pieces I have chosen to
play are an integral part of me. In endeavoring to reach for some core within
them, I have found that the more I strip away the clothing, the closer I feel to
the music, regardless of whether it was created last year or 40 years ago. In a
strange way, I feel like I am playing my memoirs."
"It was very different to how I've made records in the past, and that was
part of the joyfulness of it all," he adds, "Even without the bass,
drums, guitars, strings and vocals on these songs, I think there is still
substance in all of them. That was very pleasing to realize."
• Double LP
• 180g Vinyl
• Mastered from original sources
• Made in Germany
• Limited time download card
1. I Let The Music Speak
2. You And I
4. Thank You For The Music
5. Stockholm By Night Side B:
2. The Day Before You Came
3. Someone Else's Story
5. Malarskolan LP 2
1. I Wonder (Departure)
2. Embassy Lament
4. My Love, My Life
5. Mountain Duet Side B:
1. Flickornas Rum
2. Efter Regnet
4. En Skrift I Snon
5. Happy New Year
6. I Gott Bevar