Another great review………
Vittorio Lo Conte of Music Zoom has written a fantastic review of The City of My Soul…..check it out here
” Brilliant and innovative…….Sophie Dunér has achieved something monumental.” – Vittorio Lo Conte
A project of this magnitude has something brilliant and innovative that you are unable to digest at once. At the second hearing the fog thins out, you know better and we realize that the singer Sophie Dunér has achieved something monumental. Not only her, because it is clear that she does not sing alone. There is a string quartet, The Callino Quartet, to act as accompaniment. And then we have to add Michael Haas, usually manufacturer of classical music, and even Neil Hutchinson, the sound engineer who has taken great ideas proposals.
All together they have contributed to this remarkable album where the songs of Dunér with two well-known jazz standards (Caravan and Well You Needn´t) are rendered with an originality of purpose rare to find. The City of My Soul of Sophie Dunér is populated by restless characters, protagonists of the stories a little crooked, sung in a way that has little to intended to do with jazz in the traditional way, or even with the classical music. What emerges is its/her strong personality, interaction with the string quartet, the desire to push the music towards new situations. The arrangements of the Swedish vocalist are quite challenging for the string quartet, and what emerges is a community of casual intent, the symbiosis and the perfect artistic achievement. The vocalizations of unorthodox texts, the rigor of the arches, the ability have a common vision to escape the sounds of the majority of colleagues: these are the ingredients of a disc that does not leave the listener indifferent. The merit also goes to the string quartet with which it interacts: Sarah Sexton violin, Fenella Humphreyes violin, viola Rebecca Jones, Sarah McMahon Cello.