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Stages - Chamber Music by Icelandic Composers

Album Summary

>Thórarinsson, Leifur : Afangar (Stages), for clarinet, violin & piano
>Nordal, Jón : Ristur (Carvings), for clarinet & piano
>Pálsson, Páll : Nocturnes (3), for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Másson, Askell : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
>Sveinsson, Atli Heimir : Plutot blanche qu'azuree (Rather white than azure), for clarinet, cello & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

In a small society like Iceland, composers and performers of classical music are not numerous. In fact, this kind of music has only been performed in Iceland for about a century. The five composers and four performers on this recording all know each other and have worked together in orchestras, chamber groups and other settings. The composers are well-known personalities and not only for their compositions. They have been of great importance to Icelandic musical life as leaders, teachers, performers and conductors. The works on this disc were written in the last quarter of the 20th century, which can be regarded as a heyday of Icelandic chamber music, especially music centered around the clarinet.



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Works Details

>Leifur _órarinsson (1934 - 1998) : Afangar (Stages), for clarinet, violin & piano
  • Performers: Sigurdur Snorrason (Clarinet); Bryndis Gylfadottir (Cello); Anna Gudmundsdóttir (Piano); Sigrun Edvaldsdottir (Violin)
  • Notes: Ymir Concert Hall, Reykjavík (06/25/2001-06/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jón Nordal (1926 - ) : Ristur (Carvings), for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Sigurdur Snorrason (Clarinet); Anna Gudmundsdóttir (Piano)
  • Notes: Ymir Concert Hall, Reykjavík (06/25/2001-06/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Páll Pálsson (1928 - ) : Nocturnes (3), for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Sigurdur Snorrason (Clarinet); Bryndis Gylfadottir (Cello); Anna Gudmundsdóttir (Piano); Sigrun Edvaldsdottir (Violin)
  • Notes: Ymir Concert Hall, Reykjavík (06/25/2001-06/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Másson, Askell : Sonatina for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Sigurdur Snorrason (Clarinet); Anna Gudmundsdóttir (Piano)
  • Notes: Ymir Concert Hall, Reykjavík (06/25/2001-06/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 11/04/1998

>Sveinsson, Atli Heimir : Plutôt blanche qu'azurée (Rather white than azure), for clarinet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Sigurdur Snorrason (Clarinet); Bryndis Gylfadottir (Cello); Anna Gudmundsdóttir (Piano)
  • Notes: Ymir Concert Hall, Reykjavík (06/25/2001-06/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976