...lontana in sonno... (high version)

2003

by Anders Hillborg


‘Hillborg has once again developed a singular musical space. He has never shied away from the heavenly and the dazzling – this was already apparent in his breakthrough 1985 work Celestial Mechanics. The text (taken from Petrarch's Sonnets) revolves around the conflict between pleasant memory and the painful absence… A blisteringly beautiful work!’



Dagens Nyheter (Martin Nyström) 20 December 2003



 



‘A soundworld of scudding strings and introspective horns.’



The Independent (Anna Picard), 6 July 2008



 



‘Soon the voice sucked into the orchestra's sound field and become one with the masses in this work of grief and loss that typically Hillborg Maner is also crystal-driven and robust, and which cleverly turns out every prediction trap.

Dagens Nyheter (Sara Norling), 16 April 2008



 



‘A reflection on romantic passion and its loss… While Hillborg's writing is highly sophisticated, he uses the purest and most viscerally communicative language to express the poet's grief.’



The AllMusic Classical Editors' Favorites of 2008 (Stephen Eddins)



 



‘An extraordinary piece that uses a glass harmonica to create a spooky, gleaming, unearthly soundscape…The effect is oddly serene, but the piece offers no easy consolation…Hillborg's harmonically dense but crystalline textures sounds like an illuminating voice from the beyond, penetrating with pure clarity through the landscape of a previously incomprehensible dream.’



Opera News Online (Joshua Rosenblum)


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