Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Anna von Hausswolff

Crossover Prog

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Anna von Hausswolff All Thoughts Fly album cover
3.82 | 43 ratings | 4 reviews | 19% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection

Write a review

from partners
Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Theatre of Nature (6:00)
2. Dolore di Orsini (4:05)
3. Sacro Bosco (6:23)
4. Persefone (7:09)
5. Entering (2:11)
6. All Thoughts Fly (12:23)
7. Outside the Gate (for Bruna) (5:23)

Total Time 43:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Anna von Hausswolff / pipe organ
- Filip Leyman / organ sound design

Releases information

Organ songs inspired by Sacro Bosco / Parco dei Mostri

North German Baroque Organ recorded with mobile equipment from Svenska Grammofon Studion

Recorded in Örgryte New Church in Gothenburg, January 2020

Cover photo: Gianluca Grasselli
Label: Southern Lord
Formats: LP, CD, Cassette, Digital
September 25, 2020

Thanks to projeKct for the addition
Edit this entry

Buy ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF All Thoughts Fly Music

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF All Thoughts Fly ratings distribution

(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF All Thoughts Fly reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars Instrumental songs performed on church organ that were inspired by a megalithic sculpture park in Bomarzo, Italia, called, "Sacro Bosco," "Parco dei Mostri" or the Gardens of Bomarzo. They were commissioned in the 16th Century by the Italian patron of the arts, Pier Francesco (styled "Vicino") Orsini to commemorate the death of his beloved wife.

1. "Theatre of Nature" (6:00) opens like a conversation between several elementals. As the pattern becomes evident other less ordered, more chaotic sounds and themes are added, until the original rhythm begins to feel overwhelmed by the polyphony and polyrhythmics of all that is going on. It's brilliant! At the same time, when one steps back, one can see and feel the overlying cohesiveness and wholeness of the cacophony. A wonderful interpretation of the macrocosm of Nature. (9.25/10)

2. "Dolore di Orsini" (4:04) contrarily peaceful and soothing while also being deeply disturbing, even horrific. It's simple but very powerful. Anna channeling her inner Art Zoyd. (9/10)

3. "Sacro Bosco" (6:23) pulsing bass pedal play and wind-sweeping noise give it an industrial sound--something that would be fitting for the 1927 Fritz Lang silent movie, Metropolis. Seemingly-incidental notes and flourishes in the treble end eventually turn into full chords, even sustained, in the fifth and sixth minutes. The finish in the final minute is stark and powerful with only the pulsing bass pedal notes before the prolonged sound of decay carries us to the end. (9.5/10)

4. "Persefone" (7:08) breathy Andean-flute-like chords open this sounding quite appropriate for the Queen of the Underworld. Underlying church-processional-like chords join in, slowly adding to the melody, thickening the palette. The occasional addition of single notes effect major and surprising shifts in mood as the slow-building chords change and morph quite unexpectedly, quite spectacularly. This is one of my favorite renderings I've ever heard of the spirit of this Olympian goddess after whom my daughter was named. Anna has managed to capture both the strife and sadness of this captive and yet fill it with the optimism and youthful exuberance that the Goddess of the Spring (and Rebirth) would naturally possess. (14.25/15)

5. "Entering" (2:10) I expect Anna is trying here to capture the flood of diverse emotions that wash over a person entering Count Orsini's garden of grieving. Nice. (4.5/5)

6. "All Thoughts Fly" (12:23) Anna using a minimalist approach á la Steve Reich & Phillip Glass in order to express the impression of the words on the upper lip of the huge Orcus statue in the Sacro Bosco gardens. It just doesn't work with the organ; I feel more muddled than flighty. Fail. Rated up for its effective use as pleasing, inoffensive background music. (19.5/25)

7. "Outside the Gate (for Bruna)" (5:23) gorgeous, emotional. For me, this music symbolizes the craziness that one is confronted with (especially in Y2K20) by the world outside of the Park of Monsters. My favorite song on the album. (10/10)

Total Time 43:31

I found myself thinking a lot of the 1997 ART ZOYD Häxan soundtrack album while listening to this album. The beauty Anna expresses while conveying such tension throughout is truly astonishing.

Despite the failed experiment into the world of minimalism of the title song (and album's only epic), I consider this a masterpiece of human creativity--delivered to us by a master of artistic self-expression.

Latest members reviews

2 stars I'm always looking for new artists and performers. I want to be surprised and amazed. That's why I almost daily watch for new stuff on ProgArchives. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon All Thoughts Fly by Anna von Hausswolff, which seems enigmatic enough to call out my curiosity. Being a ... (read more)

Report this review (#2500956) | Posted by Mellotron lover | Monday, February 1, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars If someone had told me that one day I would have purchased and enjoyed an instrumental album of solo pipe organ performances, I would have said they were crazy! And, yet, here I am, writing a review for Anna von Hausswolff's latest solo album, All Thoughts Fly, which is exactly that: seven instrumen ... (read more)

Report this review (#2492377) | Posted by lukretio | Sunday, January 10, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Many will wish to avoid an album performed exclusively on the pipe organ but as a lover of classical music and symphonic prog I was intrigued. It is pretty rare to come across extensive use of the pipe organ in prog music - the last that did that I recall was the excellent Hymnarium by Resonaxis, ... (read more)

Report this review (#2490880) | Posted by CeeJayGee | Wednesday, January 6, 2021 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF "All Thoughts Fly"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.