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Johann Johannsson's multiple layered kaleidoscopes on Englaborn & Variations / Norfolk Daily News

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"Englaborn" was Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson's debut album, first issued in 2002. Best known for his soundtracks, Johannsson received Oscar nominations for "The Theory of Everything" and "Sicario." Shortly before his unexpected death on Feb. 9, he completed a series of reworkings of "Englaborn" tracks. Some he performed himself, while others were covered by musicians like stunning vocal ensemble Theater of Voices, ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen, pianist Vikingur Olafsson and Ryuichi Sakamoto. The package has a remastered version of the original release, which developed from music he wrote for a play by Havar Sigurjonsson, as well as the reinterpretations.

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