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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00004SPOH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Epigraph No.1
  2. Upland
  3. Wakening
  4. Epigraph No.1, Var.1
  5. Pavane
  6. Fantasia
  7. Epigraph No.1, Var.2
  8. The Guest
  9. After Celan
  10. Song For TKJD
  11. Silent Dream
  12. The Lake
  13. Gothic
  14. Epigraph No.1, Var.3
  15. Le Jour S'endort
  16. Factus Est Repente

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Product Description

Bjørnstad/Darling's first duet album 'The River' was one of the runaway successes of ECM's 1997 programme, described by the Sydney Morning Herald as "An unforgettable listening experience." On 'Epigraphs', the frame of reference for the Norwegian pianist and the American cellist is the music of the Renaissance. Darling and Bjørnstad play arrangements of pieces by William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Guillaume Dufay, and Gregor Aichinger as well as compositions of their own, inspired by these old masters. The result is an extremely attractive, gentle, often slowly-moving music of great clarity.

Recorded 1998

Personnel:
Ketil Bjørnstad - (piano), David Darling - (cello)

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One half of the long-running European contemporary jazz quartet The Sea (also with guitarist Terje Rypdal and drummer Jon Christensen), pianist Bjørnstad and cellist Darling first recorded as a duo in 1996 with "The River". Although the duo do improvise, they operate very much via a sparse, classical asceticism that happily digests arrangements of compositions by 16th and 17th Century composers alongside their own work. The results are austere and adagio, sometimes (in the case of the "Epigraph" and its three variations) intense and demanding in their simplicity; sometimes ("Wakening", "The Guest") saying very little, very solemnly. ECM collectors with a taste for Oslo's Rainbow Studio at its chilliest will certainly catch a satisfying shiver from Epigraphs; the rest will be relieved to warm their hands along the way on "Song For TKJD" (complete with rich cello overdubs) and "The Lake", two warm spots in an otherwise chilly landscape. --Linton Chiswick

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By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Oct. 2010
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This album of piano/cello duets, some fairly brief, has a rich melodic warmth and commitment, and nothing to shatter the calm, almost soporific quality of the overall mood. Both Bjornstad and Darling adopt a tranquil, meditative approach, which is perfect for de-stressing, or to prepare for sleep. Although a handful of the pieces have Renaissance origins (Byrd, Dufay, Gibbons et al), their re-working means they slot seamlessly into the duo's own compositions. Impeccable musicianship and the usual high standard of production from ECM. However, if you're looking for more variety but wish to retain Bjornstad's honeyed melodies, I suggest you investigate his trio album 'Floating', either of his wonderful 'Sea' albums featuring some keening guitar from Rypdal, or even the sampler-rich 'Before the Light', with some astonishing guitar from Aarset. What a talented man!
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If you've had a completely awful day, where nothing goes right, come home, slip this CD into the player, and allow Bjornstad and Darling to take care of your emotions. Both sad and joyful, this is music for healing.
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By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2005
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I bought this CD on the basis of a 30 second snippet from The Lake. This is the best track for me but the whole CD has wonderful music on it. I have a huge collection of CD's; all too many of them, especially the latter ones, feel like they have been recorded for a cash reward. Not so with Epigraphs. Bjornstad and Darling let you feel that they love and enjoy their music. As it is exceptionally well crafted they deserve to be proud of this recording.
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I was very fortunate to receive this as Christmas present from my dear old Mum, shortly after it's original release ten-twelve years ago - thank you Mum. Even after all this time I still marvel at the pairing of Darling and Bjornstaad.

My wife and I were lucky enough to spend part of the day driving up the coast from Brisie, to Margate, Redcliffe and Scarborough, during which my Walkman randomly selected this record. It was the perfect soundtrack for a drive in the sub-tropical heat with Bjornstaad's playing matching the brooding weather conditions.

Really nice chamber music. Recommended.
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Bought this CD after "The Lake" excerpt> Was hoping for a key change and it did arrive. To me this was not a great album but I adore some of its parts, particularly "Gothic" and "The Lake". Something very pure about it, I love the two tracks.
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