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High, Low or In Between

Catalogue numberBIS-2136 SACD
Release date2015-10-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time50:10

Nordic Council Prize winner 2015

Svante Henryson, the Swedish cellist, composer, double bass and electric bass guitar player, has been awarded the Nordic Council Music Award of some 50'000 Dollars in a ceremony on Iceland. Starting as a double-bass player in the Oslo Phil, he continued as a rock musician in one of Sweden's more famous hard rock bands, while at all times exploring the classical cello in his own imaginative way, fusing the classical with impulses from other genres.
I have deeply admired him for many years, but only when hearing him and his singing wife Katarina (of Real Group fame) at a private party, had the chance to really approach them with a recording idea. This materialized and the SACD was recentky released.
We take this opportunity to re-present it at very favourable conditions here and now for a few days.
Congratulations, Svante! Way to go!!!
And congrats to the Nordic Council for a choice, as excellent as it is daring!

Robert von Bahr

As individual musicians, Katarina and Svante Henryson have carved out quite extraordinary careers: Katarina touring internationally as a member of the highly successful Swedish vocal ensemble The Real Group, and Svante appearing in the most varied collaborations – on the cello, double bass and electric bass, and as performer, arranger and composer – with musicians as diverse as Elvis Costello, Anne Sofie von Otter, Chico Freeman and Martin Fröst. The duo they form together, on the other hand, has been a more private affair, performing for their relatives at christenings and weddings, at birthdays and funerals. One reason for this has been the fact that they don’t only share a surname, but also two children, and when one of them toured professionally the other would have to be at home. Their duo repertoire has grown from zero to CD at the same pace as their children – and now the time has come to ‘go public’. Representing their own broad musical tastes, the repertoire is as varied as it gets: it is truly ‘High, Low or In Between’, with pop songs by Elton John and George Harrison rubbing shoulders with Prince’s funk hit Kiss, Bill Evans’s jazz classic Waltz for Debby and Tom Jobim’s bossa nova Chega de Saudade. These last two Katarina performs in the versions made immortal by the Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, while a third song to a Swedish text, Det växer från Edens tider, also displays its Swedish origins proudly through its folk-like idiom. A handful of tracks consist of original material by the performers themselves – Eyes of a Child they wrote together after the birth of their son – including three cello improvisations and Svante’s instrumental piece Green. In these, Svante’s cello – and his very special treatment of it – steals the spotlight, but in fact it plays such a major role throughout the programme that it becomes a third, equal partner of the duo!
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Extra material for download
  Composer: John, Elton
01 Come Down in Time 03:33 $ 0.85 USD
  Composer: Chydenius, Jussi
02 We Walk in a Fog 03:45 $ 0.90 USD
  Composer: Harrison, George
03 Here Comes the Sun 02:49 $ 0.68 USD
  Composer: Henryson, Svante
04 Green (instrumental) 03:56 $ 0.94 USD
  Composer: Henryson, Katarina
05 A Little Kindness 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Henryson, Katarina, Henryson, Svante
06 Eyes of a Child 03:35 $ 0.86 USD
  Composer: Mingus, Charles
07 The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines 02:17 $ 0.55 USD
  Composer: Henryson, Svante
08 High (cello improvisation) 01:58 $ 0.47 USD
  Composer: Henryson, Katarina
09 I Found the Key 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
  Composer: Simon, Paul
10 So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright 03:35 $ 0.86 USD
  Composer: Henryson, Svante
11 In between (cello improvisation) 01:28 $ 0.35 USD
  Composer: Warren, James
12 Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime 02:50 $ 0.68 USD
  Composer: Prince
13 Kiss 03:25 $ 0.82 USD
  Composer: Henryson, Svante
14 Low (cello improvisation) 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
  Composer: Gudmundsson, Ture
15 Det växer från Edens tider 01:42 $ 0.41 USD
  Composer: Jobim, Antonio Carlos
16 Siv Larssons dagbok (Chega de Saudade) 03:00 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Evans, Bill, Lees, Gene
17 Monicas vals (Waltz for Debby) 03:59 $ 0.96 USD
  Album total 50:10
ComposerChydenius, Jussi
Evans, Bill
Gudmundsson, Ture
Harrison, George
Henryson, Katarina
Henryson, Svante
Jobim, Antonio Carlos
John, Elton
Lees, Gene
Mingus, Charles
Simon, Paul
Warren, James
VocalsHenryson, Katarina
CelloHenryson, Svante

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