I WILL BUILD YOU A HOUSE
«Gorgeous and modern piano pieces. An extension of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Jan Johansson»
«Ihlebæk effectively reimagines the composer-pianist … achieving a rich expressiveness underneath the veil of subtlety and self-restraint... I foresee this having the potential to resonate with many audiences, both classical and non-classical alike»
Classical Music Daily
«You hear Grieg, you hear Satie ... It's the sound of hope poured into pearly tones»
«Ihlebæk has built something perfect»
"At this, Ihlebæk is a master, and so the silent power in these compositions can unfold»
«Ihlebæk holds a remarkable standard on his new album … proving that northerners master a unique lyrical form»
«If Debussy and Satie lived today, is this the music they would make? Who knows. First and foremost, Andreas Ihlebæk just makes really beautiful music»
«Lyrical music full of kindness that sneaks into the listeners heart»
«The strong melodies are carried by haunting arrangements and surprising twists ... Through these melancholic compositions the album achieves creating an escape for listeners, and a place to belong»
«Andreas Ihlebæk is a rising star in modern classical music»
«It is simply gorgeous ...
In the company of Max Richter, Nils Frahm and Vikingur Ólafsson, Andreas Ihlebæk stands strongly among them»
«Music from the innermost depth of the soul ... a beautiful sound world where it feels good to be»
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«It feels so good to hear a musician like Andreas Ihlebæk who breaks new ground.
With this, he has succeeded in creating a masterpiece».
- BILD -
«There are many elements flowing together in the sound of the Norwegian Andreas Ihlebæk:
Folk music and soul, but also neoclassical with weight on choral arrangements, even church music.
All in all, The Guest is a wunderverk»
- STERN -
«The Norwegian proves that the most unique works don’t come from the US and UK.
His debut The Guest is a triumph»
- ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG -
«The Guest is simply a masterpiece. Astoundingly beautiful»
- DAGSAVISEN -
«Ihlebæk manages to create an entirely new dimension.
He is like a songwriter for Nils Frahm fans. The result is intelligent pop music, beyond comparison.
With The Guest he has simply made a masterpiece».
- FOLKER MAGAZIN -
«The following as a warning: This is not background music you listen to while pursuing other activities.
You should concentrate on these fluid, sometimes hymnically roaring, and often long songs...with influences from Chet Baker, Burt Bacharach and Brian Wilson in the comprehensive sound of the singer and pianist Ihlebæk.
One can also add George Gershwin and Jeff Buckley as reference points»
- HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT -
«The musical highlight of the year»
- NRK P2 -
«Ihlebæk succeeds in creating a quiet room for reflection through his unusual
and challenging blend of jazz, classical, church music and Norwegian folk music. Wonderful.
- STEREO MAGAZINE -
«Ihlebæk accomplishes blending just the right dose of jazz, classical, soul,
Norwegian folk music and choral music... and all this in a debut album».
- CINESOUNDZ -
«So fine. So powerful. You can feel that the Norwegian
with these intimate songs wanted to create something lasting».
- JAZZ THING -
«There still exist surprises in the world! Andreas Ihlebæk delivers
an exquisite and fascinatingly well-sounding chamber pop album».
- STEREOPLAY -
«The Guest is am intense and serious experience, where Andreas Ihlebæk combines evocative piano music with solid doses of alternative soul and gospel, as well as elements of Norwegian folk music into his unique sound, which he himself calls «fjellsoul».
- DAGENS NÆRINGSLIV -
«The singing pianist sings with an impressive voice like Nick Cave and John Cale, combines it with Nordic folk- and church music, while making you feel like you’re back in the days of classical «liederabends» with Franz Schubert and Charles Ives». - JOURNAL FRANKFURT -
«Simply listen to these eight song-artworks»
- FOCUS MAGAZIN -
«The musical highlight of the year»
- NPS MUSIC -
«A rising star in modern classical»
- GEZEITENSTROM MUSIKMAGAZIN -
«The performance of The Guest in Oslo Concert Hall
was the musical highlight of the year».
- NRK P2
«IHLEBÆK SUCCEEDS SPECTACULARILY WITH HIS LULLABIES,
ACHIEVING NEOCLASSICAL EXCELLENCE»
- DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR -
«ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR»
- NRK P2/KLASSISK -
«ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR.
THESE LULLABIES WERE ALL I NEEDED TO SHUT OUT THE CHAOS
AS THE WORLD OUTSIDE CRUMBLED.»
- DAGBLADET -
«A HIGHLY MOVING LISTENING EXPERIENCE.
COME ALONG ON A DREAM JOURNEY THAT WILL WARM YOUR HEART.»
- ÖSTERREICH 1 -
HIS LULLABIES WILL PUT A SPELL ON ANY HOME.»
- SWR 2 -
«HIS PIANO PLAY FLOWS LIKE DROPLETS. LOVELY.»
- JAZZTHEKE MAGAZINE -
«HIS PIANO CREATES A WARMTH AND INTIMATE ATMOSPHERE
THAT BOTH PARENTS AND STRESSED CITY FOLK WILL TREASURE.
NORTHERN LULLABIES IS THE ANTIDOTE TO STRESS AND NOISE»
- JAZZ THING MAGAZINE -
«ANDREAS IHLEBÆK PERFORMS MAGIC WITH HIS INSTRUMENT…
TAKING YOU ON A JOURNEY INTO ANOTHER WORLD»
- PUBLIC FORUM MAGAZINE -
IN EVERY WAY A VERY SPECIAL RECORDING
THAT WILL SPEAK TO BOTH YOUNG AND OLD»
- NETTAVISEN -
«IHLEBÆK’S PLAY IS LYRICAL AND BEAUTIFUL ALL THE WAY THROUGH,
WITH EXQUISITE IMPROVISATIONS.
RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE WITH KIDS OR GRANDKIDS,
OR WHO WANTS TO FIND THE CHILD IN THEMSELVES AGAIN»
- SALT PEANUTS -