Production notes: Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen

Sigur Ros keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson left the legendary Icelandic band after 15 years, with a desire to pursue his own personal projects. This is his first solo album – the music from a four act opera which translates as The Explosive Sonics of Divinity.

The production is a collaboration with fellow Icelander Ragnar Kjaransson. It’s an experimental theatre piece featuring no actors, no dialogue – just a series of beautiful fantastical stage sets. This is a recording of the theatre production’s score.

Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen was recorded at Babelsberg Studio in Potsdam, Germany, with the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg and Filmchor Berlin. The film studio, which is the oldest in the world and the largest in Europe, was responsible for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Josef Von Sternberg’s Blue Angel in the pre-War era, before being taken over by Joseph Goebbels as the centre of Nazi propaganda, and producing Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will among others. It continues to produce major motion pictures to this day.

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The recording of Der Klang was made over two days of rehearsals, ahead of the production’s premiere at Volksbühne theatre in Berlin in Feb 2014, and was initially used as a guide for performers and technicians during dress rehearsals at the venue. It was recorded live with orchestra and choir, and edited first at Babelsberg, and then at Sveinsson’s Sundlaugin studio in Mosfellsbaer, Iceland.

Some of themes developed for Der Klang were initially written by Sveinsson as simpler compositions for harmonium, string quartet and voice, as accompaniment to an Icelandic production, World Light, which featured Ragnar Kjartnasson’s actor father, Kjartan Ragnarsson.

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