Sima Kim ~ Freudvoll und Leidvoll / Tobias Hellkvist ~ Cay

a closer listen

Sima KimThe latest two releases from the Dronarivm label are sent in little gift boxes, which include the CD3″s plus assorted ephemera.  Sima Kim‘s box contains dried flowers and a small booklet; Tobias Hellkvist‘s box contains sea creature cards and tiny colored stones.  (Be careful opening that last one!)  It’s always nice to get a little something extra along with a recording ~ a sign that a label or artist is putting in some extra effort.

Kim’s two tracks are slow-growing drones that ripple and undulate before sinking into slow silence.  The title Freudvoll und Leidvoll (“joyful and sorrowful) is found in the Goethe play Egmont, and was later adopted by Beethoven.  Listeners should not expect flourishes and operatic tones, however; Kim’s version echoes Beethoven’s opening notes, but remains sedate.  Looped piano notes are buried deep in the “joyful” track, and all but disappear as an ominous cloud…

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