Fantasies on Christmas songs,
composed and performed by Anders Miolin on 13-string guitar.
Anders Miolin here expresses the universality of Christmas by selecting festive songs from across the world and creating fantasies on them.
Here he uses songs from Russia and Poland, as well as Scotland, Mexico and his native Sweden. In his adaptations he employs a wide variety of styles.
He also includes two of his own compositions: Azure Christmas is a memory of a Christmas he celebrated on Martinique, while Stellæ nocte hibernali somniantes (‘Winter Night Dreaming Stars’) catches the experience of ‘standing in the snow looking up at the clear winter sky, with all its twinkling stars dreaming on our behalf’.
On a number of acclaimed discs, Anders Miolin has recorded his own arrangements of music by composers such as Ravel, Debussy and Granados, performing them on a 10-string guitar. Together with the Swiss luthier Ermanno Chiavi he has now developed an instrument with 13 strings, which he uses on this recording.