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Ketil Bjørnstad
Terje Rypdal
Life in Leipzig

Ketil Bjørnstad piano
Terje Rypdal guitar
 
The Sea V
The Pleasure Is Mine, I’m Sure
The Sea II
Flotation And Surroundings
Easy Now
Notturno (fragment)
Alai's Room
By The Fjord
The Sea IX
Le Manfred / Foran Peisen
The Return Of Per Ulv

Recorded live October 2005
ECM 2052
 
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A live recording from the Leipzig Opera House is the debut documentation of the duo of Ketil Bjørnstad and Terje Rypdal (active already since 1999). Material revisits pieces from Bjørnstad’s “Water Stories” and “The Sea” and from Rypdal’s “If Mountains Could Sing” and “Skywards”, and adds a Grieg theme and new material. Cranked-amp electric guitar and acoustic piano is a rare, possibly unique, duo combination, but as Ketil notes in his tour diary liner notes, “I am not always the softest pianist, and especially not when I am working with Terje.”