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Nils Lindberg / Margareta Bengtson: As We Are

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With climate change and recent weather, the Shakespearean sonnet “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" would seem to have become a trifle outmoded. Still, where there's a Will there's a way and Nils Lindberg has set the piece to music.

Lindberg is a true Renaissance man. From his home in Gagnef, a small village deep in the forests of the Swedish province of Dalecarlia, he emerges every now and again to dazzle us ordinary mortals with his many talents. Best known as a composer and arranger, he refuses to accept categorization and works with choirs, jazz bands, and ...

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Nils Lindberg: Timeless (Seven Dalecarlian Paintings)

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Nils Lindberg has apparently spent his lengthy career recording some pretty good jazz-meets-ancient-folk which you've never heard. His 2003 Christmas album hit the market in January of 2004 and is now out of print. Some of his used albums sell for more than $100 each, though a few more reasonably priced releases are available on the internet.But it's now possible to hear a compilation of the Swedish musician's 1970s work with the newly released Timeless: Seven Dalecarlian Paintings. The album is hardly dated, however--its sound and creativity easily pass for contemporary. Much like the medieval Swedish folklore the ...

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Nils Lindberg: A Christmas Cantata

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Another year, another Christmas album that arrives on the doorstep in January. Too bad, really, as composer/arranger/pianist Nils Lindberg's Christmas Cantata is an immaculately conceived treatise that blends music based on biblical passages with traditional English, French, Welsh and Swedish carols and songs into an iridescent medley that invigorates, inspires and swings in equal measure.

Lindberg's world-class big band is reinforced by soprano Margareta Jalk'us, baritone Olle Persson and the thirty-four-member Gustaf Sj'kvist Chamber Choir in a seres of seasonal sketches that warmly proclaim the Christmas story through the power and charm of music. This is music that transcends boundaries, ...



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