The new album (released May 28) is receiving an amazing response. Both Apple and Spotify put in on their list of best new classical releases, while superb reviews are ticking in from all over the globe. "Gorgeous and modern piano pieces. An extension of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Jan Johansson", wrote Dagens Næringsliv (Norway). "Music from the innermost depth of the soul ... a beautiful sound world where it feels good to be", writes Nettavisen's Tor Hammerø. "At this, Ihlebæk is a master", writes German JazzThing about the "silent power" in these new compositions, which Jazz Tokyo describe as "music full of kindness that sneaks into the listeners heart". According to Austrian Concerto Magazine, this is album is of "a remarkable standard", confirming that the "northerners master a unique form of lyrical music". Listen to Andreas interviewed on Austrian Ö1 radio Wednesday June 9, where the album will be presented on the classical music program Des Cis.
"BEST NEW CLASSICAL RELEASES"
Several new singles are currently playlisted all over Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon and Deezer's playlists for "best new classical". This includes Waltz 21 and Skraavika – both on Apple's Piano Chill, as well as Procession which Spotify has featured on its Classical New Releases. Both Waltz 21 and Procession are featured by Tidal's Piano Spheres, and so on and so on.... If you haven't heard Waltz 21, which Apple gave the highly coveted #1 spot placement on their main global piano list, listen here.
Listen to Waltz 21 here.
Northern Lullabies has been nominated for Spellemannprisen – the Norwegian Grammy. It has been nominated for children's album of the year.
PRELUDE TO STORM
The new piano piece Prelude to Storm was released Jan 20, and thereby completes the suite consisting of In Search of Gardens, She Flies and Spin.
Prelude to Storm has been playlisted on Apple Music's main piano playlist Piano Chill, where In Search of Gardens also holds a place – after nearly two months on the prestigious classical music list. In addition, Prelude has also been playlisted by Spotify for their Spanish speaking listeners.
«ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR»
Going into 2021, Northern Lullabies was named «one of the best albums of the year» in Norwegian press, both by Dagbladet and NRK P2/NRK Klassisk.
The album has become both a success with critics and listeners, with streams by the millions around the globe, numerous radio stations around Europe devoting time to the album, continuous support from Apple Music – who have playlisted all of five tracks from the album – and enthusiastic reviews steadily coming in.
SWR 2 PROGRAM ON NORTHERN LULLABIES
German radio SWR 2 is devoting a full program to Northern Lullabies on 19.12.2020.
FEATURED ON NEW
"In Search of Gardens" is one of Spotify's selected pieces for the best new classical releases. An enormous honor to be on this prestigious list.
Hear the piece and the entire list here.
REVIEW IN PERISKOP
Periskop is a Norwegian magazine that reviews art made for kids/youth. They have written a lovely review of Northern Lullabies, saying "these are lullabies you actually want to fall asleep to".
Read full review here
Five piano pieces from the album have made it to Apple Music's global playlists. Astoundingly, this means, half of the album.
DRØMMEVISE, SO RO, CHLOE'S MIDNIGHT FEAST, VI HAR EI TULLE and BYSSAN LULL have all been featured on Apple Music's playlists for modern classical and jazz.
SLEEP ON IT
TOPS APPLE'S PIANO LIST
With Sleep on it quickly passing half a million streams and topping Apple Music's premiere piano list, the Come Summer Suite is now complete. The reception for the piano suite has been incredible, from the US and South America to Europe.
Hear the piece – and the full list here.
CHLOE'S MIDNIGHT FEAST
Chloe's Midnight Feast has been playlisted by Apple Music Jazz in the US.
The piano piece has a special story behind it. What do you hear and imagine? The cover illustration was created by
Hamdi Barakat, who also did the album cover.
AUSTRIAN RADIO SPECIAL
ON ANDREAS IHLEBÆK
Austria's state channel Österreich 1 recently aired a 30 min. program devoted to Andreas Ihlebæk and his new album Northern Lullabies. You can listen to the program here.
With the title "Wirknungsvolle Schlaflieder", the host proclaims that these lullabies actually work - including on her own 3 year old son.
Try it yourself here.
NDR AND DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR
NDR and Deutschlandfunk Kultur – both German nation-wide public broadcast radio stations – have playlisted tracks from Northern Lullabies. Reviews for the album are enthusiastic, saying "Ihlebæk succeeds spectacularly" and calling it "neoclassical excellence"