The latest two releases from Penultimate Press focus on the previously unreleased soundtracks for the films of Ursula Reuter Christiansen by her partner and collaborator Henning Christiansen. As those of you who picked up his disarmingly lovely Hesteofringen 10” on Holidays will know, Christiansen is capable of some heart-rending stuff when he decides to indulge his inner (morbid) romantic - that he deigns to do so only rarely makes those instances that much more precious. His score for The Executioner, Ursula’s 1971 debut (now regarded as a key work in early Danish feminist art), includes some of his most plain-speaking and affecting compositions: take ‘Woman, You Are Pregnant’, a mournful, stately, slow-motion folk implosion for piano and cello that will bring any latent sadness in you brimming unbidden to the surface. Catharsis!
Pieced together by PP’s Mark Harwood from the original master tapes in the Henning Christiansen Archive, this handsomely presented LP also features several vocal-based works as well as nature sounds from the island of Moen recorded for the film. Edition of 500 “on sorrowful black vinyl”.