The Swedish trio e.s.t surpassed all expectations with the release of the album Viaticum (ACT 9015-2) in February 2005.Not only have the Swedes received the German Jazz Award in GOLD for their last three albums, but Viaticum attained a GOLD and a PLATINUM award just three months after release. An all-time record! At the same time the album made it into the Pop-Charts in Sweden (# 5), in Germany (# 45) and in France (# 60), and was chosen as "CD of the Month" by the magazines Stereo, Stereoplay, Piano News as well as Drums&Percussion. Viaticum received euphoric reviews from around Europe, which can be summed up in one sentence: "This is contemporary jazz at it’s best" (FonoForum). Viaticum is on its way to being the most successful Instrumental-Jazz-CD of 2005.
This is reason enough to release the e.st. Viaticum Platinum Edition (ACT 6001-2), which along with the original Viaticum-Album boasts a second "live in Berlin" CD, reflecting the legendary intenstiy of e.s.t. live concerts: "Esbjorn Svensson’s trio is one of the most consistently entertaining groups on the European circuit. They have a single-mindedness and collective empathy that comes from having the same line-up for 12 years." (The Guardian). The live recordings of the Viaticum Platinum Edition were made in April 2005 during an e.s.t. performance in the completely sold-out Columbiahalle in Berlin and include a brand-new bonus track "All The Beauty She Left Behind".