Piano (Deutsche Gram­mophon)

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

The co-writer (with Bjorn Ul­vaeus) of so many of those cel­e­brated Abba songs is 70 now and a fab­u­lously wealthy man thanks not just to the band he formed, but such stu­pen­dously pop­u­lar mu­si­cals as Mamma Mia! There are still some who dis­miss his work — but never fel­low mu­si­cians — and this de­but al­bum for one of clas­si­cal mu­sic’s most pres­ti­gious la­bels of­fers a re­minder of why his work en­dures. Ev­ery­thing cen­tres on the Stock­holmer’s grand piano and the 21 tracks take in songs from Abba, mu­si­cals (in­clud­ing Chess) and com­par­a­tively lit­tle known solo work. Much of it is ex­quis­ite, in­clud­ing ‘Thank You For the Mu­sic’.

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