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Hafliði Hallgrímsson: Notes from a Diary, Op. 33; Britten: Lachrymae./ Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir; viola; Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir: piano

Album Summary

>Hallgrímsson, Haflidi : Notes from a Diary, for viola & piano, Op. 33
>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae for Viola and Piano, Op. 48
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Notes & Reviews:

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 window covered in grey dense material in a house, No. 263 in Prinsengracht, where Ann Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years during the Second World War. Standing by the window in this environment and what it represented was strangely muted. Suddenly a large bell was struck in the Westertoren Church nearby and the deep resonance emanating from that bell shook me profoundly for a split second. So this was the sound that Ann found reassuring; I was for a few moments painfully aware of the terrible fate. When I started to work on a composition for viola and piano, the experience in the Ann Frank Museum became more and more the magnet that shaped the musical character of the work."

For this disc, Haflidi Hallgrimsson asked the performers to perform Britten' s Lachrymae to accompany his own Notes from a Diary - an appropriate choice, as this year we celebrate Britten' s 100th birthday!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: í Von, sal SAA vid Efstaleiti (2001-03-??_2007-05-??&2007-).


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>Haflidi Hallgrímsson (1941 - ) : Notes from a Diary, for viola & piano, Op. 33
  • Performers: Thorunn Marinosdottir (Viola); Steinunn Ragnarsdottir (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae for Viola and Piano, Op. 48
  • Performers: Steinunn Ragnarsdottir (Piano); Thorunn Marinosdottir (Viola)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950