Agnes Obel @ St George's, Bristol

Live, the smoke and depth of Agnes Obel's voice are even more apparent than in the award-winning albums. On Friday night I was privileged to be part of the cultivated crowd that congregated at St George's in Bristol to see the Danish singer perform.

It was amazing to hear songs from her two albums – Philharmonics (2011) and Aventine (2013) – in the flesh, the live setting adding a greater depth to the music. Obel throws out her lyrics with passion from the piano stool, all the while teasing out beautiful phrases from the keyboard. She was accompanied sensitively by her cellist Anne Christin Schwartz and violinist Mika Posen throughout in arrangements I recognised from the recordings. 

The set incorporated solo piano interludes from the albums as well as including some real gems: Riverside, Dorian and Words Are Dead really stood out. She ended with The Curse from her second album Aventine. Already one of my favourites of hers, it was a revelation live. Those beautiful melodies and careful lyrics were just incredible with the pizzicato string parts and swelling piano chords amplified through the auditorium of St George's.

Angus obel has an irresistible charm and on Friday I discovered her ability to hold a sell-out audience spellbound as well. A magical evening.

Agnes Obel at St Georges, Bristol | photo: Alex Brüel Flagstad



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