Jóhann Jóhannsson Retrospective I & II
Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969–2018) was a leading figure in a dynamic and developing scene of composers who move freely and innovatively between film scores, minimalist classical, ambient and electronic music. His visionary work and unique musical language redefined the film scoring landscape, blurring the lines between score and sound design. Within his unique sonic spaces he developed extraordinary otherworldly textures, but also gave the music space to breathe and evolve. To celebrate his legacy, Deutsche Grammophon has created a two-volume Retrospective edition, whose carefully chosen recordings reveal just how dramatically Jóhannsson’s writing evolved over the years.
Released in April 2019, Retrospective I contains seven of his earlier albums, including the immersive Virðulegu forsetar, with its single hour-long piece for brass, percussion, electronics, organs and piano; And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees, his richly atmospheric music for the film Varmints); The Miners’ Hymns, an anthem for the mining communities of northern England; and the previously unreleased soundtrack to the documentary White Black Boy.
Retrospective II, released on 18 September 2020, offers a wide-ranging selection of Jóhannsson’s multi-award-winning film scores and influential studio albums. Comprising eight CDs and a bonus DVD of his 2016 “Live at Funkhaus Berlin”, this volume also contains previously unreleased tracks from his Grammy- and Golden Globe-nominated score written for the sci-fi drama Arrival and for his Deutsche Grammophon debut Orphée, including a new re-work of “Flight from the City” by Víkingur Ólafsson.
Both limited-edition sets are accompanied by hardcover books containing rare photos taken of and by the composer, as well as essays by John Schaefer and Wyndham Wallace that contextualise the works in each volume and provide insights into Jóhannsson’s life and his aesthetic outlook.
Virðulegu forsetar (2004), Dís (2004), And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees (2009), The Miners’ Hymns (2011), Copenhagen Dreams (2012), Free the Mind (2012) White Black Boy (2012)
The Theory of Everything (2014), Sicario (2015), Arrival (2016), Orphée (2016), The Mercy (2018), Englabörn (2002), & Variations (2018), 12 Conversations with Thilo Heinzmann (2019)
BONUS-DVD:- Jóhann Jóhannsson Live at Funkhaus Berlin (2016)