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Jon Leifs (1899-1968): Elegies, Op. 35; Quintet, Op. 50; Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8; Scherzo concerto, Op. 58 / various artists

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  1. Leifs — Scherzo concreto, Op. 58 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Leifs — Quintet, Op. 50: I. Introduzione. Moderato - Espressivo e sempre marcato $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Leifs — Quintet, Op. 50: II. Funèbre. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Leifs — Quintet, Op. 50: III. Scherzo. Allegro energico e moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Thema. Adagio e molto cantabile (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Variation 3, Allegro (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Variation 4, Allegro scherzando (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Variation 5, Moderato (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Variation 6, Moderato alla marcia (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Variation 7, Allegro molto ma energico (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Variation 8, Allegro vivace e brillante (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Variation 9, Quasi grave (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Leifs — Variazioni pastorale, Op. 8: Variation 10, Finale. Adagio cantabile ma animato (Version for String Quartet) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Leifs — Erfiljóð, Op. 35: I. Söknuður (Elegies: Grief) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Leifs — Erfiljóð, Op. 35: II. Sorgardans (Elegies: Dance of Sorrow) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Leifs — Erfiljóð, Op. 35: III. Sjavarljod (Elegies: Sea Poem)

Album Summary

>Leifs, Jón : Scherzo concreto, Op. 58
>Leifs, Jón : Quintet, for flute, clarinet, basson, viola & cello, Op. 50
>Leifs, Jón : Variations on a Theme by Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 8
>Leifs, Jón : Elegies, Op. 35
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Aside from three impressive string quartets, Icelandic composer Jon Leifs’ (1899–1968) chamber music consists of only two original works - Quintet, op. 50, Scherzo concreto, op. 58 - and his string quartet arrangement of his Variazioni pastorale, op. 8, originally for orchestra. All of these works are included on this disc, which closes with one of the composer’s most personal works: Erfiljo (Elegies), composed in 1947 shortly after the death by drowning of his young daughter Liéf. BIS Records have re-mastered these original Smekkleysa label recordings for this present release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Vídistada Church (2002-05-??&2004-11-??&2005-).



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>Leifs, Jón : Scherzo concreto, Op. 58
  • Conductor: Bernhardur Wilkinson
  • Ensemble: Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Vídistada Church (2002-05-??&2004-11-??&2005-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leifs, Jón : Quintet, for flute, clarinet, basson, viola & cello, Op. 50
  • Performers: Inga Ingolfsdottir (Cello); Einar Johannesson (Clarinet); Thorunn Marinosdottir (Viola); Martial Nardeau (Flute); Martial Nardeau (Piccolo); Rúnar Vilbergsson (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Vídistada Church (2002-05-??&2004-11-??&2005-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leifs, Jón : Variations on a Theme by Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 8
  • Performers: Sigrun Edvaldsdottir (Violin); Sigurdur Gunnarsson (Cello); Rut Ingólfsdóttir (Violin); Thorunn Marinosdottir (Viola)
  • Notes: Vídistada Church (2002-05-??&2004-11-??&2005-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leifs, Jón : Elegies, Op. 35
  • Performers: Thorunn Gudmundsdottir; Rut Ingólfsdóttir (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bernhardur Wilkinson
  • Notes: Vídistada Church (2002-05-??&2004-11-??&2005-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern