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Jón Liefs (1899-1968): Complete Songs / Finnur Bjarnason, tenor; Orn Magnusson, piano

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  1. Leifs — Minningarsongvar um aevilok Jonasar Hallgrimssonar, Op. 45: No. 1, Heimþrá $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Leifs — Minningarsongvar um aevilok Jonasar Hallgrimssonar, Op. 45: No. 2, Sólhvörf $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Leifs — Minningarsongvar um aevilok Jonasar Hallgrimssonar, Op. 45: No. 3, Hjörtun hefjast $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Leifs — Söngvar söguhljómkviðunnar, Op. 25: No. 1, Brennusöngur Skarphéðins $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Leifs — Söngvar söguhljómkviðunnar, Op. 25: No. 2, Húskarlahvöt $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Leifs — Söngvar söguhljómkviðunnar, Op. 25: No. 3, Helsöngur Þormóðar $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Leifs — 2 Íslensk thjóðlög, Op. 19b: No. 1, Sofðu, unga ástin mín $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Leifs — 2 Íslensk thjóðlög, Op. 19b: No. 2, Breiðifjörður $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Leifs — 2 Sönglög, Op. 18a: No. 1, Góða nótt $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Leifs — 2 Sönglög, Op. 18a: No. 2, Ríma $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Leifs — 3 Erindi úr Hávamálum, Op. 4: No. 1, Þagalt ok hugalt $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Leifs — 3 Erindi úr Hávamálum, Op. 4: No. 2, Ungr vark forðum $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Leifs — 3 Erindi úr Hávamálum, Op. 4: No. 3, Deyr fé $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Leifs — Stattu steinhús, Op. 47a $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Leifs — 2 Sönglög, Op. 14a: No. 1, Máninn líður $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Leifs — 2 Sönglög, Op. 14a: No. 2, Vögguvísa $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Leifs — 3 Söngvar úr Íslendingasögum, Op. 24: No. 1, Þat mælti mín móðir $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Leifs — 3 Söngvar úr Íslendingasögum, Op. 24: No. 2, Ástarvísur til Steingerðar $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Leifs — 3 Söngvar úr Íslendingasögum, Op. 24: No. 3, Haugskviða Gunnars $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Leifs — 3 Sönglög, Op. 23: No. 1, Þula $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Leifs — 3 Sönglög, Op. 23: No. 2, Draugadans $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Leifs — 3 Sönglög, Op. 23: No. 3, Vorkvæði $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Leifs — 3 Aettjarðarsöngvar, Op. 27: No. 3, Minningaland (Version for Voice & Piano) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Leifs — Ástarvísur úr Eddu, Op. 18b: No. 1, Löng er nótt $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Leifs — Ástarvísur úr Eddu, Op. 18b: No. 2, Í Gymis görðum $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Leifs — Forníslenskar skáldavísur, Op. 31: No. 1, Höggvinsmál Þóris jökuls $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Leifs — Forníslenskar skáldavísur, Op. 31: No. 2, Siglingavísa $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Leifs — Forníslenskar skáldavísur, Op. 31: No. 3, Hrafnsmál $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Leifs — 3 Íslensk sálmalög, Op. 12a: No. 1, Vertu guð faðir $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Leifs — 3 Íslensk sálmalög, Op. 12a: No. 2, Allt eins og blómstrið eina $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Leifs — 3 Íslensk sálmalög, Op. 12a: No. 3, Upp, upp mín sál $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Leifs — Torrek, Op. 33a $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Leifs, Jón : Memorial Songs on the Death of Jónas Hallgrímsson, for voice & piano, Op. 45
>Leifs, Jón : Songs from the Saga Symphony, for voice & piano, Op. 25
>Leifs, Jón : Icelandic Folk-Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 19b
>Leifs, Jón : Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 18a
>Leifs, Jón : Verses (3) from Hávamál, for voice & piano, Op. 4
>Leifs, Jón : Stattu steinhús (Stand, House of Stone), for voice & piano, Op. 47a
>Leifs, Jón : Songs (2) for mezzo-soprano voice & orchestra (or piano), Op. 14a
>Leifs, Jón : Songs (3) from Icelandic Sagas, for voice & piano, Op. 24
>Leifs, Jón : Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 23
>Leifs, Jón : Minningaland (Memory-Land), for voice & piano, Op. 27/3
>Leifs, Jón : Love Verses from the Edda, for voice & piano, Op. 18b
>Leifs, Jón : Old Scaldic Verses from Iceland, for voice & piano, Op. 31
>Leifs, Jón : Icelandic Hymns (3), for voice & piano, Op. 12a
>Leifs, Jón : Torrek, for voice & piano, Op. 33a
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Something of a cult figure, Jn Leifs is especially known for spectacular orchestral works often inspired by the natural phenomena of his native Iceland - such as volcanoes (Hekla) or waterfalls (Dettfoss) - or the great Icelandic sagas (Saga Symphony, and the large-scale, unfinished Edda oratorio). But throughout a turbulent life, Leifs also composed a number of solo songs all of which are gathered here. These 32 songs (including several folk song arrangements) often give unusually clear insights into the composer: more than Leifs' work in any other genre, his song writing was often inspired by deeply personal events in his life, and consequently span a huge range of emotion and expression, from delicate lullabies to the most forceful of epic songs. This is brought out by Finnur Bjarnason and rn Magnsson, both stalwart champions of the music by their compatriot in concert and on disc. Bjarnason has previously appeared on BIS in the substantial Gra's Spell for alto, tenor and orchestra (BIS-1080), while Magnsson has recorded the complete piano music for the label (on BIS-692). The present performances were originally released on the Smekkleysa label, in 2001, as a two-disc set. For this release they have been remastered and combined on a single disc by BIS Records, in the hope that they will reach a new and wider audience, serving as an introduction to and deepening the understanding of a highly individual voice in 20th century music.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
This entire collection is dark, thrilling and terrifying. Leifs has a direct way with melody, which despite its irregularities often has a pleasing, Reger-like geography... at his best, Finnur Bjarnason is magnificent. He has the breakaway lyricism of a verismo character and the in-your-ear intimacy of a Lieder singer... anyone who has been fascinated or troubled by the stark black rock on which Iceland is built should find plenty to reflect on here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-).



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>Leifs, Jón : Memorial Songs on the Death of Jónas Hallgrímsson, for voice & piano, Op. 45
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Leifs, Jón : Songs from the Saga Symphony, for voice & piano, Op. 25
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Leifs, Jón : Icelandic Folk-Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 19b
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1934

>Leifs, Jón : Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 18a
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931-1933

>Leifs, Jón : Verses (3) from Hávamál, for voice & piano, Op. 4
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Leifs, Jón : Stattu steinhús (Stand, House of Stone), for voice & piano, Op. 47a
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Leifs, Jón : Songs (2) for mezzo-soprano voice & orchestra (or piano), Op. 14a
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929-1936

>Leifs, Jón : Songs (3) from Icelandic Sagas, for voice & piano, Op. 24
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Leifs, Jón : Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 23
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Leifs, Jón : Minningaland (Memory-Land), for voice & piano, Op. 27/3
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927-1928

>Leifs, Jón : Love Verses from the Edda, for voice & piano, Op. 18b
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931-1932

>Leifs, Jón : Old Scaldic Verses from Iceland, for voice & piano, Op. 31
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944-1945

>Leifs, Jón : Icelandic Hymns (3), for voice & piano, Op. 12a
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Leifs, Jón : Torrek, for voice & piano, Op. 33a
  • Performers: Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor); Örn Magnússon (Piano)
  • Notes: Salurinn, Kópavogur (Kopavogur Concert Hall), Iceland (2000-12-??&2001-01-??&2001-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947