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

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
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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