I’ve wanted to make a solo orchestral CD for many years and when it finally happened I was particularly proud to work with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra who I admire and have known and worked with for many years. A special feature is that my older brother Johan is the orchestra’s principal flautist and we have always dreamed of recording together. Also my friend Gordan is one of the orchestra’s concertmasters – his playing was the inspiration for choosing Morgen and both Vivaldi arias. I was also very lucky to be able to have my husband Tecwyn as the conductor. Having all these personal touches to the project made the whole experience of recording at the Helsingborg concert house even more special.
I still don’t know how we managed to do everything we set out to do in just four days. It was such a short time to tackle all the music we wanted to include. How my voice managed to last the distance I have no idea, but thanks to Tecwyn on the podium, the wonderful support of the orchestra, recording engineer Jan-Eric Persson and producer Chris Hazell, the whole process was such a joy, and I think we managed to create a great CD together. I’m so grateful to them all, and to my many friends who helped support my dream through GoFundMe.
This is me is a CD of songs from the heart. Here’s why they are so special to me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. (Susanna Andersson)