New Classics

Jonathan Östlund is a young Swedish composer who is winning acclaim for his attractive, imaginative and accessible music. He is being championed by some of Europe’s best musicians, several of whom have come together to perform on this album of chamber music and solo instrumental pieces inspired by nature. Evoking the magic of night in all its guises from the dark to the whimsical this lyrical new music has an individual sound and is in turn picturesque and witty.

Highlights on this double-CD collection of timeless and sophisticated music include the magical title piece (for voice and piano), Lumière d’étoiles (piano solo), Rêverie – Jeux de pluie (string quartet), Rêve et Lune, The Frog Pond (for bassoon and piano) and Music at Moonrise. The talented young performers are the excellent Romanian-born soprano Ruxandra Ibric Cioranu, cellists Lydia Hillerudh and Alexander Zagorinsky, pianists Yoana Karemova, Blandine Waldmann and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Ariel Jacob Lang (violin), Ursula Leveaux (bassoon), Eleonore Pameijer (flute) and The Cellini Quartet.

—John Pitt