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Icelandic Works for the Stage

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba

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Iceland's isolation, combined with seven centuries of Norwegian and Danish rule, has long delayed the definitive establishment of an endemic musical tradition. However, they have a diverse, high quality repertoire that is still not well known internationally. This recording features a selection of stage music composed by Páll Ísólfsson (1893-1974), who was the first director of the Reykjavik school of music, opened in 1930, and Jórunn Viðar (1918–2017), composer of the first ballets performed in Reykjavik’s New National Theatre between 1950 and 1952. From the former, Veislan á Sólhaugum (The Feast at Solhaug) was based on a drama by Henrik Ibsen as an accompaniment for the performance. Úr Myndabók Jónasar Hallgrímssonar (From the Picture Book of Jónas Hallgrímsson) was contemporary to Iceland's independence and is therefore more triumphant and festive. Jórunn Viðar's two ballets, Eldur and Ólafur Liljurós, are, respectively; a short variation on the theme of fire, and the story of Ólafur's tragic encounter with some elves during one of his wanderings through the Icelandic countryside. The music instantly conjures up images of the local folklore, with its wide-open spaces, and the strong prominence of the elements. Rumon Gamba, the conductor of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2010, leads masterfully. A discographic rarity which is a must-listen. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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1
Eldur
00:09:14

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

Veislan á Sólhaugum (Pall Isolfsson)

2
No. 1, Forleikur
00:04:37

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

3
No. 2, Brúðkaupsmars
00:01:32

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

4
No. 3, Halling
00:00:50

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

5
No. 4, Bergbúinn
00:02:27

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

6
No. 5, Marcia funèbre
00:04:15

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

Úr Myndabók Jónasar Hallgrímssonar (Pall Isolfsson)

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I .Forspil
00:04:20

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

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II. Mars
00:02:10

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

9
III. Menúett
00:02:16

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

10
IV. þjóðlag
00:02:36

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

11
V. Vikivaki I
00:00:34

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

12
VI. Vikivaki II
00:01:37

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Pall Isolfsson, Composer - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

Olafur Liljuros (Jórunn Viðar)

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Dotted crotchet = c. 76
00:04:42

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

14
Crotchet = c. 96
00:01:33

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

15
[Crotchet = c. 96]
00:01:19

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

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00:01:58

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

17
Crotchet = c. 88
00:03:45

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

18
Crotchet = c. 144
00:06:27

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

19
Crotchet = c. 60
00:04:11

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

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Crotchet = 76
00:03:49

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rumon Gamba, Conductor, MainArtist - Jórunn Viðar, Composer

2023 Chandos Records Ltd. 2023 Chandos Records Ltd.

Albumbeschreibung

Iceland's isolation, combined with seven centuries of Norwegian and Danish rule, has long delayed the definitive establishment of an endemic musical tradition. However, they have a diverse, high quality repertoire that is still not well known internationally. This recording features a selection of stage music composed by Páll Ísólfsson (1893-1974), who was the first director of the Reykjavik school of music, opened in 1930, and Jórunn Viðar (1918–2017), composer of the first ballets performed in Reykjavik’s New National Theatre between 1950 and 1952. From the former, Veislan á Sólhaugum (The Feast at Solhaug) was based on a drama by Henrik Ibsen as an accompaniment for the performance. Úr Myndabók Jónasar Hallgrímssonar (From the Picture Book of Jónas Hallgrímsson) was contemporary to Iceland's independence and is therefore more triumphant and festive. Jórunn Viðar's two ballets, Eldur and Ólafur Liljurós, are, respectively; a short variation on the theme of fire, and the story of Ólafur's tragic encounter with some elves during one of his wanderings through the Icelandic countryside. The music instantly conjures up images of the local folklore, with its wide-open spaces, and the strong prominence of the elements. Rumon Gamba, the conductor of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2010, leads masterfully. A discographic rarity which is a must-listen. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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