Ever since the premiere at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm, November 2016, Infinite Bach has been living in the back of our heads. Thinking what the best step would be to spread this absolutely ravishing music by J S Bach and Johan Ullén. For you who don't know - Infinite Bach is the four J S Bach violin concertos recomposed by the Swedish composer Johan Ullén.
The original score has been reworked and infused with harmonies associated with film music, pop-aesthetic, and minimalism, however, always firmly rooted in Bach.
It's been looped, twisted, and harmony has been added and taken away.
We all have favorite moments in works of music, and it is especially true in long classical works. Whether it's the tragic highlight in the song of the Wood-Dove in Schönbergs Gurrelieder or if it's the tenor aria in "E lucevan le stelle" from Puccinis Tosca, we all have them.
Just as beautiful as they are short, these favorite moments run quickly by in the stream of music. What if you could stay, what if you could hang on to that moment and stay a bit longer? This has been the final objective with Infinite Bach.
In January, 2021, Svarfvar and Ullén and recorded the ReBach together with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the legendary Abbey Road studio 2.
CD Album and five music videos will be released in November 2021
With both parents professional violinists, Swedish violinist Christian Svarfvar was exposed to music from a very early age.
Initially coming to attention via the appointment "Rising Star" by European Concert Hall Organisation. (ECHO)
Today he is one of Scandinavias most admired musicians with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings, including two albums with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
His solo concerts have taken him around the globe to many of the most prestigious concert halls; Concertgebouw, Bozar, Cité de la Musique, Musikverein, Kölner Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, and Carnegie Hall, to name but a few.
Johan Ullén was born Stockholm, Sweden. He studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
Johan, in his capacity as a pianist, has performed with the majority of Sweden’s orchestras, and has toured in Europe, the USA and South America. In 2000, he was appointed Swedish Radio’s artist in residence, a post which led to a large number of recordings and live broadcasts, heard throughout Europe.
As a composer, Johan has written chamber music, orchestral music, songs and operas, which have been performed both in Sweden and internationally in major concert houses and at festivals.