ABBA's Benny Andersson To Release New Album
Published on 29 August 2017
ABBA's Benny Andersson is about to release a brand new acoustic album. The twenty-one track album includes several ABBA hits and album tracks.
Universal Music Group (UMG) have announced a brand-new album of solo piano music from legendary Swedish composer and former ABBA member Benny Andersson. The album titled simply Piano will be released in September 2017.
Piano is a twenty-one acoustic piano recreation of some of Benny’s greatest compositions and will take listeners on a journey through his acclaimed and celebrated career as songs from ABBA (Thank You For The Music, I Let The Music Speak, The Day Before You Came, My Love My Life, I Wonder (Departure) and Happy New Year), his musicals (Anthem, Someone Else’s Story, Embassy Lament from Chess The Musical) and other solo-compositions are all reworked and interpreted as you have never heard them before, performed unaccompanied by just Benny himself, on his trusted grand piano.
These are tender, touching and emotional arrangements, highlighting the theatrical, as well as classical-like qualities, both in writing and performance of music that has touched millions around the world since ABBA first came together in 1972. The music on this album reinforces Benny’s profound gift for melody, a gift shared with many great classical composer-pianists throughout history, that have also inspired him throughout his life and career.
Speaking on the genesis of the album, Benny Andersson said ”In the process of recording this album, I have come to realise that the pieces I have chosen to play are an integral part of me. In endeavouring to reach for some core within them, I have found that the more I strip away the clothing, the closer I feel to the music, regardless of whether it was created last year or forty years ago. In a strange way, I feel like I am playing my memoirs”.
“It was very different to how I’ve made records in the past, and that was part of the joyfulness of it all”, he adds, “Even without the bass, drums, guitars, strings and vocals on these songs, I think there is still substance in all of them. That was very pleasing to realise”.
The first track to be released from the album, a new version of ABBA classic Thank You For The Music is available immediately to download and via streaming services.
Piano is released on Deutsche Grammophon on Friday, 29th September 2017.
The album is available to pre-order at https://dg.lnk.to/andersson-piano