Mattias Wager, Anders Astrand – Live At Vatnajokull: Improvisations (1998) DSF DSD128

Mattias Wager, Anders Astrand – Live At Vatnajokull: Improvisations (1998)
DSD128 (.dff) 1 bit/5,64 MHz | Time – 56:52 minutes | 4,7 GB | Genre: Classical
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If you are wondering what prompted an organist and a percusion/marimba/vibraphone player to journey to Iceland to make a recording with improvised music and a special arrangement of Maurice Ravel´s Bolero, then perhaps the word inspiration could be the most succinct answer. It is this which gives rise to the expression “inspired performance” which can certainly be applied to this recording.

A number of contributing factors have combined to create the ambience in this recording of what is in effect a musical journey through or over the magnificent Icelandic nature, particularly the gigantic Vatnajökull glacier which covers a number of volcanoes, and from which this CD derives its title, the cover picture was taken during a volcanic eruption in 1996.

Further sources of inspiration were derived not only from the outstanding beauty of the Hallgrims Church with its wonderful acoustics, but also the superb Klaus Flugel organ which was completed in 1992. Small wonder that Mattias and Anders were able to give the “inspired performances” heard in this recording where their outstanding musicianship has been set free to explore the myriad possibilities which are an intrinsic part of performing improvised music.


01. Introduction
02. Fasten seat belts
03. Walking
04. Gaining ground
05. Soon
06. Live at Vatnajökull
07. Plateau
08. Slip
09. Bump
10. Improvisations on Icelandic hymn, no:41. – “Vist ertu Jesus, kongur klar”
11. Maurice Ravel: Bolero (Arranged by Masahiko Saloh)

Mattias Wager: Organ
Anders Åstrand: Percussion


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