A New Album From The Marais Project And Duo Langborn/Wendel

A new album from The Marais Project and Sweden’s Duo Langborn/Wendel, on Move Records (MCD 656), Nordic Moods & Baroque Echoes features tracks that weave together baroque music, traditional songs and originals by members of the ensemble.

Nordic Moods & Baroque Echoes continues The Marais Project’s decades-long commitment to exploring new repertoire
and dissolving artistic and geographical boundaries. It documents the group’s musical partnership with Swedish ensemble Duo Langborn/Wendel, which developed during tours of Australia and Sweden.

Recorded at Atlantis Studios, Stockholm, (ABBA’s favourite studio), the album explores the collaboration’s rare instrumentation of voice/violin, baroque and modern violin, viola da gamba, cimbalom, and lute/guitar. The range of available tone colours is truly unique. This is believed to be the first Australian recording featuring the viola da gamba, lute, and cimbalom. The concert cimbalom is similar to hammer dulcimer but with damping pedals like a piano.

With an album booklet in both Swedish and English, the track list features moving arrangements of two of Sweden’s most famous folk songs, one of which was taken up as the tune for the Swedish national anthem, an orchestral suite by Marin Marais, new works by Jenny Eriksson and Olof Wendel, Tommie Andersson’s arrangement of a Pavane by Swedish
jazz greats e.s.t., as well as a violin sonata by the Baroque era ‘Father of Swedish Music’, Johan Helmich Roman. The album draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of the musicians, including extensive experience in folk and traditional repertoire alongside early music.

Nordic Moods & Baroque Echoes is available now on CD and all popular digital platforms including Dolby ATMOS. 


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