EST Sym­phony ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - ACT COR­MAC LARKIN

Pi­anist Es­b­jorn Svens­son’s death in 2008 brought an abrupt end to the re­mark­able rise of his epony­mous trio, leav­ing open the question of what new sounds EST might have made if Svens­son had lived. EST Sym­phony is one an­swer. The in­flu­en­tial Swedish pi­anist had fre­quently ex­pressed a de­sire to re­cast the trio’s epic, cin­e­matic mu­sic for a larger en­sem­ble, and here, ar­ranged for the Stock­holm Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra by Hans Ek, are such EST favourites as When God Cre­ated the Cof­fee Break and Ser­e­nade for a Rene­gade. The sur­viv­ing EST mem­bers, bassist Dan Ber­glund and drum­mer Mag­nus Öström, are joined for an al­bum that is more cel­e­bra­tion than el­egy, by a ros­ter of front rank Scan­di­na­vian guests, in­clud­ing sax­o­phone prodigy Mar­ius Ne­set and vir­tu­oso Fin­nish pi­anist Iiro Ran­tala. est-sym­

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