New release: Athina Marianne

By | August 20, 2016

New album released. This album is named after my niece, Athina Marianne, who was born in January this year. Marianne is also the name of my mother, who passed away 2009. I dedicate this album to my niece and the memory of my mother.

The album starts with Polonaise number 3 by Frédéric Chopin, the “Military Polonaise”. It was played during World War II by the Polish radio as a nationalistic protest against the German invasion and to rally the Polish people.

Then the album continues with Mozart’s 12 variations on “Twinkle twinkle little star”.

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is known under different names in different countries. In England it was first published in 1806 by Jane Taylor. However it was sung to the French melody “Ah! vous dirai-je, maman” which was published already 1761. Mozart’s 12 variations on “Ah! vous dirai-je, maman” probably helped the song’s popularity.

“Till Marianne” was composed by myself when I was 12 years old. I wrote it for my mother’s 40-year birthday. This recording is a bit improved compared to how I played it when I was 12, but it is still very similar to how it sounded 30 years ago.

Värmlandsvisan is a traditional Swedish song officially written 1822, but its origins is probably hundreds of years older. The piano version I’m playing is my own arrangement.

The 3 fantasies Op 11:1 were composed by Wilhelm Stenhammar 1895. This is a recording of the first fantasy, “Molto appassionato”. The music belongs to the late Swedish national romantic period.

Click below to listen to the music on Spotify: