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Ketil Biornstad and David Darling: The River

You could say The Sea (ECM 1545) created The River from what pianist-composer Ketil Bjornstad describes as “a becalmed duo moment.” With cellist David Darling joining him from that previous quartet, the duo’s improvisations are inextricably in the ECM tradition that combines neo-classicism and neo-romantic sensibilities. Bjornstad also invokes late Renaissance British composers William Byrd for parts I and III, ant Orlando Gibbons for the final section of his 12-part suite.

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