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Leifs: The Creation of the World / Bäumer, Gudbjörnsson

Album Summary

>Leifs, Jón : Edda no 1, Op. 20 "Creation of the World"
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Jón Leifs was a true original and his Edda oratorio cycle was one of his most original inspirations. Planned in the 1920s as a single oratorio on the Völuspá, it grew into an epic tetralogy - though without a hint of Wagnerian romanticism - covering the world's creation, its gods, 'Twilight' and 'Resurrection' setting a patchwork text which reads like a compendium on each subject. Sadly, Leifs only lived to complete the first two parts. . . This performance, recorded in the wake of the work's long overdue complete premiere in 2006, sounds thrilling, the BIS engineering catching the huge dynamic range, weight and delicacy of sound. Bäumer holds everything together with finesse and the orchestra play the atmospheric accompaniment marvellously. The main plaudits go, however, to the chorus who sing their extremely difficult parts with compelling conviction. Leifs's slightly ungainly style may not be to everyone's taste but his score is far more varied than first impressions suggest. Like it or loathe it, this is one of the recording events of the year.

Gramophone Magazine
This performance, recorded in the wake of the work's long overdue complete premiere in 2006, sound thrilling, the BIS surround engineering catching the huge dynamic range, weight and delicacy of sound. Bäumer holds everything together with finesse and the orchestra play the atmospheric accompaniment marvellously. The main plaudits go, however, to the chorus who sing their extremely difficult parts with compelling conviction. Like it or loathe it, this is one of the recording events of the year.



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Works Details

>Jón Leifs (1899 - 1968) : Edda no 1, Op. 20 "Creation of the World"
  • Performers: Gunnar Gudbjornsson (Tenor); Bjarni Kristinsson (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Hermann Bäumer
  • Ensemble: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 74 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Studio/Live: Studio