Deutsche Grammophon releases the long-awaited recording of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Drone Mass, performed by the ACME, Theatre of Voices and conducted by Paul Hillier. Described as “a contemporary oratorio” by Jóhann himself, this exceptional work, written for voices, string quartet, and electronics, was inspired by The Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians, one of the codices in the Nag Hammadi library, discovered in 1945 and written in the 1st or 2nd century AD.
The posthumous recording of the late composer’s 2015 piece has been published by the legendary Deutsche Grammophon label in March 2022. The cover and packaging design has been handled by their frequent collaborator Florian Karg. Echoing the Egyptians’ influences from the composition, the cover is depicting a winged scarab and two-dimensional figures and imagery associated with Ancient Egypt, printed with golden foil on a black background. All titles and texts are set with SangBleu Empire.