Gyorgy Kurtag composed his Kafka-Fragmente in the mid-1980s, and these forty settings of text fragments by Franz Kafka remain one of his most often-performed works. Although the cycle contains no single narrative thread and tells no coherent 'tale' it has become quite common to present it in staged versions. Many of the movements are extremely brief; in the present recording 11 of the movements are less than half a minute long, and the shortest (Es zupfte mich jemand am Kleid / Someone tugged at my clothes) lasts only 13 seconds.
God Save the King is actually a split release and/or a Robert Fripp compilation, depending on how you look at it. In 1980, Robert Fripp released something of a split disc himself, called God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners, consisting of a side of Frippertronics and a side of Discotronics, the latter being Frippertronics with a "dance-oriented" (according to Fripp) rhythm section. Also in 1980, Fripp formed a new group, borrowing the name from his early-'60s band, the League of Gentlemen.
A jazz and pop vocalist born in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 28, 1962, Caroline Henderson would move to Copenhagen in 1983 and become one of Denmark's top talents. Her first taste of fame and fortune in her new home came about in 1989, as part of the group RayDeeOh, with Maria Bramsen. That group soon came to an end, and Henderson was left to fend for herself. In 1995 she released the first of many albums, Cinemataztic, and began to work in television and film, as well as acting in plays. Her follow-up full-length, Metamorphing, hit stores in 1998, and was followed over the next ten years by five more albums, all of which (Dolores J in 2000, NAOS in 2002, Don't Explain in 2003, Made in Europe in 2004, and Love or Nothin' in 2007) built upon the success of their predecessors. In March of 2008 Henderson released album number eight, No. 8, which was a Top Five hit in Denmark. Apart from her commercial successes, Henderson also won Denmark's Grammy for Best Vocal Recording in 2007 for her work on the album Love or Nothin'.