ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson has announced the 29 September release of Piano, his new album of solo piano music. The 21-track project features music from the ABBA catalogue, from Andersson's songs for musicals and other solo compositions, and will be on Universal Music Group's celebrated classical label Deutsche Grammophon.
“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,” says Andersson. “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 40 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 goes on. “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.”
Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group, comments: “This new collection of solo piano recordings will reinforce Benny’s legacy as one of the finest contemporary composers of our time."
Frank Briegmann, President & CEO, Universal Music Group Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon adds: “Benny‘s songs have revolutionised pop music. He is an innovator and one of the greatest and most creative minds of his field. With this album, he presents as clear and unobstructed a view of his musical universe as never seen before in his long career.
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