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Icelandic Violin Duos by Davidsson, Sigurbjornsson, Stefansson, Runarsdottir, Tomasson, Sveisson / Duo Landon

Album Summary

>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 14 "Seidandi slaedudans" (Dance of the Veils)
>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 15 "Barnaleikur" (Children's Game)
>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 13 "_usund og ein nott" (One Thousand and One Nights)
>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 12 "Gaelur" (Flirtation)
>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 9 "Kafara-ragtime" (Diver's Ragtime)
>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 11 "Mikis & Yannis"
>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 10 "_orra_raell" (Winter's Hardship)
>Sigurbjornsson, Thorkell : Fidlufraenkur (Icelandic Folk Songs), for 2 violins
>Stefansson, Finnur Torfi : Disulag 3 (Disa's Song), for 2 violins
>Runarsdottir, Hildigunnur : Tiu Myndir (Ten Images), for 2 violins
>Tomasson, Jonas : Furioso, for 2 violins
>Sveinsson, Atli Heimir : Vorid er komid (Spring Is Here), for 2 violins
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Duo Landon began in 2005 when the French-born violin maker Christophe Landon commissioned the two members of the Duo to record Bartok's 44 Duos. After this successful debut, the Duo began looking for repertoire from Icelandic composers. They found only three, and subsequently commissioned three other composers to write duos for them, all of which are included on this recording.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
I very much like the seven Elias Davidsson Bartok-inspired duets that open the program and find Porkell Sigurbj÷rnsson's settings of Icelandic folk songs beautiful and evocative. Each very short piece captures the spirit of its title, particularly 'Homeless in the Wilderness', 'Fall is Near', and 'Evening'; and the writing for two violins is wonderfully idiomatic. Sigurbj÷rnsson wrote these for his violin-playing granddaughters.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sigurjón Olafsson Museum (2010-2012).



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Works Details

>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 14 "Seidandi slædudans" (Dance of the Veils)
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 15 "Barnaleikur" (Children's Game)
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 13 "_úsund og ein nótt" (One Thousand and One Nights)
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 12 "Gælur" (Flirtation)
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 9 "Kafara-ragtime" (Diver's Ragtime)
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 11 "Mikis & Yannis"
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Davidsson, Elias : Violin Duet no 10 "_orra_ræll" (Winter's Hardship)
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sigurbjornsson, Thorkell : Fidlufrænkur (Icelandic Folk Songs), for 2 violins
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Finnur Torfi Stefánsson (1947 - ) : Dísulag 3 (Dísa's Song), for 2 violins
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir (1964 - ) : Tíu Myndir (Ten Images), for 2 violins
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jónas Tómasson (1946 - ) : Furioso, for 2 violins
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sveinsson, Atli Heimir : Vorid er komid (Spring Is Here), for 2 violins
  • Ensemble: Duo Landon
  • Running Time: 20 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary