The FJB discography: An expanding library
Inhaling Life means Exhaling Music. Just for the record.
Since 1993, Flint Juventino Beppe has produced or performed on 11 albums. He has invented the labels Kornåld Music and Symbiophonic, on which the majority of albums are released.
The debut album Slurvebingen (MC) was released on Beppe's proprietary label Kornåld Music in 1993. This rather unusual, yet iconic release features the somewhat eccentric performer Kornåld Svøle; one of Beppe's pseudonyms. The distinct concoction of surrealistic poems and songs has since become a trademark for Beppe's remarkable diversity.
The next album, Muligens was released in 1994. It was recorded in Røros-Tynset studio. The album is a blend of Beppe's electroacoustic works, classical pieces and songs of both serious and humorous caliber.
In 1999, Den Store Slurvebingen came out. It is literally the extended version of Slurvebingen. The pseudonym Svøle had more material on his mind; hence this album is filled with more poems, more songs, more surrealism and two classical works.
Flyktning i vakker motstand was released the same year (1999). This is a collection of new songs, including «Hun tok min Hånd» which features a theme that Beppe later used in the symphonic poem «Theh Goldest» Op.27
1999 is also the year that Pictures before an Exhibition was produced. This album strongly resembles the soundtrack genre. It contains eight electroacoustic works, and the piece that carries the album title was originally commissioned for Bergen International Festival (1997). All works are performed and produced by Beppe himself.
The chamber music collection, Seasons of Life was released in 2000.
«Flute Sonata No.1» Op.40, «Violin Sonata» No.1 op.50 and «Waltz of the Queen» Op.4a are some of the multiple works featured on this album. Flutist Tom Ottar Andreassen, violinist Håvard Daae Rognli and pianist Wolfgang Plagge execute a wide spectrum of musical expressions: dynamic, powerful, serene and highly melodious passages. «Flute Sonata No.1» Op.40, was warmly received.
Gods of Music, credited the piece with a top score: - FJB has given the world yet another timeless classic with «Flute Sonata No.1» Op.40 and should be heralded for his tremendous effort and choice of musicians for this grand masterpiece. I can find no fault of any kind with this wonderful piece, it is truly perfect and there is only one score for perfection.
Seasons of Life is produced by Beppe himself.
Then in 2001, Kornåld Music chose to assemble old and new songs on one album, and the compilation Stille, Stille was released. The album includes all the pensive and tranquil songs from Muligens and Flyktning i vakker motstand – in addition to a new set of lyrics, and the song «Nært som Den er» (1998).
The orchestral music album About my Grandfather was released in October 2002. It features «Piano Concerto No.2 Urge» Op.44 and «Piano Concerto No.3 Monster» Op.45, both dedicated to nature, and the two symphonic poems «About my Grandfather» Op.37 and «Heart» Op.27 No.5 dedicated respectively to his grandfather Ragnvald Jacobsen (1905-1997), and Beppe's beloved soul mate. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Ari Rasilainen, and soloist Joachim Knoph on the piano, perform the works.
About my Grandfather is produced by Beppe himself. This audio recording is also the soundtrack of the art film Montagna con Forza, directed by Beppe.
In 2010, Beppe returned to the symphonic poem and concerto genres with the Grammy-nominated Flute Mystery, released on the label 2L. Performing alongside the soloists Emily & Catherine Beynon (flute and harp) are the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
The 2013 release Remote Galaxy (also 2L) continues the journey of Flute Mystery, and one again the Philharmonia Orchestra are conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, who interprets the adventurous scores. The album was Grammy-nominated in 2015. The composer's deep spiritual interest in nature, philosophy and space is as central in the universe of Remote Galaxy as it is on Flute Mystery.
In December 2015, four films including the art film Vicino alla Montagna became available for the home cinema market worldwide. The film scores are composed by Beppe, and he has directed three of the films.
In 2016, after a period out of stock, Pictures before an Exhibition, Seasons of Life and About my Grandfather became available again as digital albums, remastered and with extensive album notes. Furthermore, two releases from Kornåld Svøle will be available as digital albums: Den Store Slurvebingen and Takkatakakk (song collection, EP).
Part of the album collection from Flint Juventino Beppe