Benny Anderssons orkester (album)
|Benny Anderssons orkester|
|Studio album by Benny Anderssons orkester|
|Released||Jun 28, 2001|
Spring 2001Studio = Atlantis Studio, Stockholm
|Label||Mono Music (MMCD 017)|
|Benny Anderssons orkester chronology|
|Singles from Benny Anderssons orkester|
Benny Anderssons Orkester, a folk music group founded in 2001 by former ABBA member Benny Andersson, follows the style of Benny's two solo albums from the 1980s, Klinga mina klockor and November 1989. The album combines traditional Swedish folk music with classical, pop und jazz influences. Out of the 14 tracks on the album, 12 are instrumentals and two ("Vår sista dans" and "Lätt som en sommarfjäril") feature vocals by Helen Sjöholm, who played the role of Kristina in the musical Kristina från Duvemåla, written by Benny and former ABBA colleague Björn Ulvaeus. Björn is credited on this album as well, writing the lyrics for the two tracks mentioned above. All music is composed by Benny Andersson, who also produced the album himself.
The album was recorded on two weekends in the spring of 2001 at Atlantis Studio in Stockholm. This studio, formerly known as Metronome Studio, was the location of many recording sessions for ABBA up until 1976. According to Benny (the "Kapellmästaren", as he calls himself in the booklet), the recording of the album was "live", which means that all the instruments (including Helen Sjöholm's vocals) were recorded at the same time, in one session. Only slight changes were made afterwards, when the album was finally mixed at Benny's Mono Music Studios.
Various recordings from this album have also been included on movie soundtracks. The movie "Sånger från andra våningen" by Roy Andersson includes "Sång från andra våningen", "Laureen" and "Tösabiten", and the movie "Nu är pappa trött igen" by Marie-Louise Ekman features "Cirkus finemang" and "P.S.".
The song "Briggens blåögda blonda kapten" is a tribute to Görel Hanser (the "blue-eyed, blonde captain", as the title puts it), who has worked together with Benny and ABBA since the 1970s. Until today she is responsible for the business aspects of a lot of Benny's productions. One of the biggest ones is the "Briggen Teaterproduktion", which is responsible for the three musical prodjects of Benny and Björn: Kristina från Duvemåla, Chess and Mamma Mia!.
Both vocal tracks on the album were later re-recorded with English lyrics. Benny Anderssons Orkester themselves released an English version of their 2001 hit "Vår sista dans" in 2009 on their compilation album "Story Of A Heart", entitled "(If This Is) Our Last Dance" ("our last dance" being the literal translation of "vårs sista dans"). Just like on the original version, Helen Sjöholm again contributed the vocals. The other song, "Lätt som en sommarfjäril", was recorded by Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and released in 2006 on her album "I Let The Music Speak", her tribute to the compositions of Benny Andersson. The lyrics for both English language versions were again written by Björn Ulvaeus.
Reception and success
Upon its release in the end of June 2001, "Benny Anderssons Orkester" immediately entered the Swedish Albums Chart, peaking at number 30 in the middle of July before dropping out of the chart again two weeks later. Due to some promtional appearances, amongst others performing on the TV series Allsång på Skansen, and the release of "Vår sista dans" on single, the album managed to return to the charts in August, eventually even topping them on September 19. Benny Anderssons Orkester stayed on the albums chart for a total of 55 weeks and received a gold and a platinum disc for selling more than 80,000 copies.
All music composed by Benny Andersson.
|Benny Anderssons Orkester|
|3.||"Cirkus finemang"||Benny Andersson||4:19|
|4.||"Vår sista dans"||Björn Ulvaeus||Benny Andersson||Helen Sjöholm||4:49|
|5.||"Briggens blåögda blonda kapten"||Benny Andersson||3:52|
|7.||"Anitas polska"||Benny Andersson||3:17|
|8.||"Schottis i tyrolen"||Benny Andersson||2:56|
|9.||"Sång från andra våningen"||Benny Andersson||3:46|
|12.||"Nya månvalsen"||Benny Andersson||3:06|
|13.||"Lätt som en sommarfjäril"||Björn Ulvaeus||Benny Andersson||Helen Sjöholm||3:43|
The following musicians contributed to Benny Anderssons Orkester:
- Benny Andersson: accordion, piano, synclavier
- Göran Arnberg: organ
- Janne Bengtsson: flute, piccola, krumhorns
- Pär Grebacken: saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccola, block-flute
- Leif Göras: violin, cello
- (Nils-Erik) Nicke Göthe: violin
- (Jan-Erik) Jogga Ernlund: contrabass
- Calle Jacobsson: tuba
- Leif Lindvall: trumpet, cornet
- Kalle Moraeus: violin, zither, guitar
- Olle Moraeus: violin
- (Pererik) Perra Moraeus: violin, circus-saxophone
- Lars Rudolfsson: accordion
- Helen Sjöholm: vocals
- Jörgen Stenberg: drums, percussion
- Mono Music, official website. http://www.monomusic.se
- "Benny Anderssons Orkester", booklet
- Briggen Teater, official website. http://www.briggenteater.se/
- Hitlistan, official Swedish charts. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2012-05-04.. Retrieved on 3 June 2011.
- ABBA Charts site, by Trent Nickson. http://home.zipworld.com.au/~callisto/weekssweden.html
- Booklet, Benny Anderssons Orkester