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Bach: The 6 Brandenburg Concertos / Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra
Bach: The 6 Brandenburg Concertos / Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra

2 CD / Smekkleysa / 2014-07-08

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Ensemble: Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra

The Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra present their critically acclaimed performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, proving once again that they are the leading chamber ensemble in Iceland....continue...
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Vivaldi: Concertos & Sonata for various instruments / Skalholt Bach Consort, Jaap Schroder
Vivaldi: Concertos & Sonata for various instruments / Skalholt Bach Consort, Jaap Schroder

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2014-07-08

Conductors: Schroder, Jaap
Ensemble: Skalholt Bach Consort

In 1926, an extensive collection of handwritten Vivaldi scores from a private source came to light, now housed in the Turin library. The violin concerto,...continue...
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Theatre Music in 17th Century England / Jaap Schroder
Theatre Music in 17th Century England / Jaap Schroder

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2014-05-13

Conductors: Schroder, Jaap
Ensemble: Skalholt Bach Consort

This new record from the Skalholt Bach Consort led by Jaap Schroder presents a lovely selection of theatre music popular in 17th-century England....continue...
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Bjarni Porsteinsson (1861-1938): Iceland's Folksong Heritage / Marta Gudrun Halldorsdottir, soprano; Olafur Kjartan Sigurdarson, baritone; Tomas Gudni Eggertsoon, piano
Bjarni Porsteinsson (1861-1938): Iceland's Folksong Heritage / Marta Gudrun Halldorsdottir, soprano; Olafur Kjartan Sigurdarson, baritone; Tomas Gudni Eggertsoon, piano

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2014-05-13


The collection of folk songs by the Reverand Bjarni Porsteinsson marked a turning point in the history of Icelandic music, and is still an indispensable...continue...
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John Tavener: Iepo Oneipo (Sacred Dream) / Heilagur Draumur, Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland
John Tavener: Iepo Oneipo (Sacred Dream) / Heilagur Draumur, Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-11-12

Works: John Tavener: Song for Athene; The Lamb "Little Lamb, who made thee?"; Iero Oniro (A Sacred Dream), for soprano, percussion, strings & synthesizer; As one who has slept, for chorus; Birthday Sleep, f...
Performers: Olafsdottir, Guorun Johanna; Samundsson, Hrolfur [Bass (Vocal)]; Stefansodottir, Margret S. [Soprano (Vocal)]
Conductors: Agnarsson, Hilmar O.
Ensemble: ; Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland

Featuring the world premiere recording of the "Three Holy Sonnets," the Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland reunites with the music of John Tavener! Back in...continue...
Recording information: Skálholtskirkja (02/2005)....continue...
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Benjamin Britten: Ceremony of Carols; John Rutter: Dancing Day / Graduale Nobili, Elísabet Waage: harp
Benjamin Britten: Ceremony of Carols; John Rutter: Dancing Day / Graduale Nobili, Elísabet Waage: harp

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-11-12

Works: Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28; John Rutter: Dancing Day, cycle of Christmas carols
Performers: Waage, Elisabet
Conductors: Stefánsson, Jón
Ensemble: Graduale Nobili

The Graduale Nobili choir, founded in Autumn 2000, is comprised of 24 girls handpicked from those who have sung with the Lagholtskirkja Graduale Choir. Graduale...continue...
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Icelandic String Quartets - works by Palsson; Nordal; Tomasson / The Ethos Quartet
Icelandic String Quartets - works by Palsson; Nordal; Tomasson / The Ethos Quartet

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-04-09

Works: Helgi Pálsson: Theme with Variations & Fugue, for string quartet; Jón Nordal: Frá draumi til draums (From Dream to Dream), for string quartet; Haukur Tómasson: Langur skuggi (A Lo...
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Ensemble: Ethos Quartet

This album by the Ethos Quartet is dedicated to celebrating Icelandic string quartets. The disc features four works, including one of the first Icelandic compositions...continue...
Recording information: Vídistadakirkja, Hafnarfjördur, Iceland (2003-02-??&2004-05-??_2004-)....continue...
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Hafliði Hallgrímsson: Notes from a Diary, Op. 33; Britten: Lachrymae./ Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir; viola; Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir: piano
Hafliði Hallgrímsson: Notes from a Diary, Op. 33; Britten: Lachrymae./ Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir; viola; Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir: piano

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-04-09

Works: Haflidi Hallgrímsson: Notes from a Diary, for viola & piano, Op. 33; Benjamin Britten: Lachrymae for Viola and Piano, Op. 48
Performers: Marinosdottir, Thorunn Osk [Viola]; Ragnarsdottir, Steinunn Birna

On his work Notes from a Diary, Haflidi Hallgrimsson says: "During a visit to Amsterdam some years ago, I found myself standing by a dark...continue...
Recording information: í Von, sal SAA vid Efstaleiti (2001-03-??_2007-05-??&2007-)....continue...
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Bára Grímsdóttir: Virgo gloriosa / Hljómeyki Choir
Bára Grímsdóttir: Virgo gloriosa / Hljómeyki Choir

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-04-09

Works: Bára Grímsdóttir: Ad minni sálu amar (My Soul is Beset with Woes), for chorus; Ad Beatam Virginem (To the Blessed Virgin), for mixed choir ("Virgo diva, casta nympha"); María...
Performers: Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson; Gudrún Edda Gunnarsdóttir; Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir; Magnús Ragnarsson; Olafur Rúnarsson
Conductors: Wilkinson, Bernhardur
Ensemble: Hljómeyki Choir

Virgo Gloriosa is the first large-scale work Bára Grímsdóttir has composed for the choir Hljómeyki. Using Latin text, the poem tells of how the Virgin...continue...
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Thorkell Sigurbjornsson: Choir Music / Hamrahlid Choir, Thorgerdur Ingólfsdóttir
Thorkell Sigurbjornsson: Choir Music / Hamrahlid Choir, Thorgerdur Ingólfsdóttir

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-04-09

Works: Thorkell Sigurbjornsson: Tröllaslagur (Dance of the Trolls), for chorus; Upphaf (Beginning), for chorus; Fararsnid (Ready to Leave), for chorus; Strófur (Strophes), for chorus; Ek wiwar, ...
Conductors: Ingólfsdóttir, Thorgerdur
Ensemble: Hamrahlid Choir

Since the founding of the Hamrahlíðar College Choir in 1967, it has served as a kind of a musical greenhouse for the creation of new...continue...
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Jón Leifs: Scherzo concreto, Op. 58; Quintet, Op. 50; Variazioni; Pastorale, Op. 8; Elegies, Op. 35
Jón Leifs: Scherzo concreto, Op. 58; Quintet, Op. 50; Variazioni; Pastorale, Op. 8; Elegies, Op. 35

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-04-09

Works: Jón Leifs: Scherzo concreto, Op. 58; Quintet, for flute, clarinet, basson, viola & cello, Op. 50; Variations on a Theme by Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 8; Elegies, Op. 35
Performers: Arni Askelsson; Bjarni Benedikt Björnsson; Bragi Berg_órsson; Egill Arni Pálsson; Einar Jörundsson; Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson; Gudmundur Arnlaugsson; Hafsteinn _&oacut...
Conductors: Wilkinson, Bernhardur
Ensemble: Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra

Chamber music was never the main focus of Jón Leif ' s compositional activity. The ideal venue for his often rough and primitive music was...continue...
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Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross; Quartets, Op. 51/1-7 / The Skálholt Quartet
Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross; Quartets, Op. 51/1-7 / The Skálholt Quartet

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-02-12

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Seven last words of Christ on the Cross, Op. 51/H 3 no 50-56
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Ensemble: Skálholt Quartet

The members of the Skálholt String Quartet have for many years been part of a group of musicians who participate the summer festival at the...continue...
Recording information: Skálholt Cathedral, Reykjavik, Iceland (08/04/2003-08/07/2003)....continue...
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Gudmundur Högnason: Hymnodia Sacra / Carmina Chamber Choir; Nordic Affect; Árni Heimir Ingólfsson: director
Gudmundur Högnason: Hymnodia Sacra / Carmina Chamber Choir; Nordic Affect; Árni Heimir Ingólfsson: director

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-02-12

Works: Statius Olthof: Músíkulof, for chorus; Andi Guds eilífur er, song; Arni Heimir Ingólfsson: Eilíft lof med elsku hátt, song; Gudmundur Högnason: Heyr _ú, Guds b...
Performers: Blondal, Kristin Erna; Halldorsdottir, Marta Gudrun; Haroardottir, Guorun Hrund; Karlsson, Gudmundur Vignir; Loftsdottir, Hanna [Cello]; Nyhlin, Karl; Oskarsdottir, Gudrun; Stefansdottir, Halla Stein...
Conductors: Ingolffson, Arni Heimir
Ensemble: ; Nordic Affect

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Most of the music is sung in unison or by a solo voice. Much of it sounds like chant, but softer - less...continue...
Recording information: Langholtskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland (2009-06-29&2009-07-06_2009-)....continue...
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Epitaph: Music from Medieval Iceland / Sverrir Guðjónsson: countertenor; Ólöf Sesselja Óskarsdóttir: viola da gamba; Camilla Söderberg: recorder; Snorri Örn Snorrason: lute
Epitaph: Music from Medieval Iceland / Sverrir Guðjónsson: countertenor; Ólöf Sesselja Óskarsdóttir: viola da gamba; Camilla Söderberg: recorder; Snorri Örn Snorrason: lute

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-02-12

Works: Sverrir Gudjónsson: Grafskrift (Epitaph)
Performers: Guthjonsson, Sverrir; Oskarsdottir, Olof; Palsson, Eggert; Snorrason, Snorri Orn; Soderberg, Camilla

Sverrir Guðjónsson started his solo career at the age of seven. As a countertenor, he studied and worked in London. In addition to early music,...continue...
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The End of the Day: The Music of Arni Björnsson / James Lisney: piano; Jaime Martin: flute; Elizabeth Layton: violin
The End of the Day: The Music of Arni Björnsson / James Lisney: piano; Jaime Martin: flute; Elizabeth Layton: violin

2 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-02-12

Works: Arni Björnsson: Little Suite for string orchestra; Sonata for piano in D minor, Op 3; Icelandic Folk Songs (4) for flute & piano; Rómanza for violin & piano no 1, Op. 6; Rómanza for vi...
Performers: Gudbjornsson, Gunnar; Layton, Elizabeth; Lisney, James; Martin, Jaime [Flute]; Thorhallsdottir, Bjorg
Conductors: ; Baldvinsson, Tryggvi M.; Bragason, Helgi
Ensemble: Árni Björnsson Quartet; Hafnarfjordur Chamber Choir; Icelandic Festival Marching Band

The release of this double album of Árni Björnsson's music was issued to mark the centenary of his birth in December 1905. The recording brings...continue...
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Ten Years - Choral works by Grimsdottir, Sigurbjornsson, Runarsdotir, Sveinsson, Nordal, Rautavaara / Graduale Nobili Chamber Choir
Ten Years - Choral works by Grimsdottir, Sigurbjornsson, Runarsdotir, Sveinsson, Nordal, Rautavaara / Graduale Nobili Chamber Choir

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-02-12

Works: Bára Grímsdóttir: Eg vil lofa eina _á (I will Praise Her and Laud), for mixed choir; Hrodmar Ingi Sigurbjörnsson: Vökuró (Awake in Peace), for chorus; Hildigunnur R...
Performers: Arnadottir, Lovisa; Gisladottir, Gudridur Thora; Ingvarsdottir, Arny [Vocals]

Graduale Nobili was founded in Fall 2000, and the choir was immediately well received. Most recently, the choir has been working with pop sensation Björk...continue...
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Bach: Violin Concertos / Reykjavik CO. Rut Ingólfsdóttir: violin; Unnur María Ingólfsdóttir: violin; Daði Kolbeinsson: oboe
Bach: Violin Concertos / Reykjavik CO. Rut Ingólfsdóttir: violin; Unnur María Ingólfsdóttir: violin; Daði Kolbeinsson: oboe

1 CD / Smekkleysa / 2013-02-12

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060; Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052; Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, B...
Performers: Ingolfsdottir, Rut; Ingolfsdottir, Unnur Maria; Kolbeinsson, Dadi
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Ensemble: Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra

The Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1974 under the leadership of Rut Ingólfsdóttir. The group was founded with the objective of offering regular Icelandic...continue...
Recording information: Askirkja, Reykjavík (12/2003)....continue...
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