Monday, July 12, 2010

Anne Sofie von Otter Sings The Greatest Swedish Songwriting Duo

Renowned Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter released an album of ABBA songs in 2006. Surprisingly only six out of the 13 songs were recorded by ABBA, and three of them are from their last album, The Visitors, a relative commercial disappointment. Other songs are from the Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus songwriting duo's collaboration after ABBA, including selections from their musicals Chess and Kristina från Duvemåla, and some tracks from Andersson's solo albums. The instrumental track Stockholm By Night becomes a wonderful ballad with the newly written English lyrics. Andersson himslef played piano on this one.

Here's the Spotify playlist: I Let The Music Speak & The Originals.(28 tracks, 2 hours) It features the Otter covers and and all the original recordings.

You can check out more info on this album at DG's official page, and watch Otter's performance of Like An Angel Passing Through My Room, another elegant song from The Visitors, at here.