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Jon Asgeirsson: Seven String Poem, etc / Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, et al

Album Summary

>Asgeirsson, Jon : Kvintett (Quintett), for piano & string quartet (composed to Icelandic folksongs)
>Asgeirsson, Jon : Blasarakvintett (Wind Quintet) no 2, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn
>Asgeirsson, Jon : Strengjakvartett (String Quartet) no 3
>Asgeirsson, Jon : Orkett (Octet), for woodwinds
>Asgeirsson, Jon : Sjostrengjaljod (Seven-String Poem), for 3 violins, 2 violas, cello & bass
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jon Asgeirsson has enjoyed a long and wide-ranging career as a composer. He is perhaps best known for the choral and solo vocal works that have worked their way into the heart of the Icelandic nation, but he has also been a prolific composer of instrumental music. This compact disc includes chamber music written over a 35 year period. There are two things that influence Asgeirsson’s music more than most others. The first is the Icelandic folksong tradition. The second is the works of such composers as Bela Bartok and Paul Hindemith. Both these composers showed conclusively that it was possible to write music in the 20th century without following the path of Schoenberg and Webern.



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Works Details

>Jón Asgeirsson (1928 - ) : Kvintett (Quintett), for piano & string quartet (composed to Icelandic folksongs)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Jón Asgeirsson (1928 - ) : Blásarakvintett (Wind Quintet) no 2, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn
  • Ensemble: Reykjavik Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998

>Jón Asgeirsson (1928 - ) : Strengjakvartett (String Quartet) no 3
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2002

>Jón Asgeirsson (1928 - ) : Orkett (Octet), for woodwinds
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Jón Asgeirsson (1928 - ) : Sjöstrengjaljód (Seven-String Poem), for 3 violins, 2 violas, cello & bass
  • Running Time: 11 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967