Jóhann Jóhannson: And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees (CD, Type, April 2010)

Jóhannson is an Icelandic composer, probably best known for the concept piece IBM 1401: A User’s Manual. This (splendidly titled) album is big, swooshing, string-drenched, and shamelessly dramatic. There are moments which remind me of Philip Glass, others which remind me of György Ligeti. He has a great knack for structure, bringing back themes from earlier in the piece with great emotional effect. I can see a case for saying the record lacks subtlety, but I love it. A poignantly beautiful masterpiece.

I bought this from Juno. They call it leftfield, whatever that means. I’m pretty sure that Boomkat would call it the Home Listening / Modern Classical thing.

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