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MÁSSON, Á.: Kammersinfónia / Elja / Ymni / Maes Howe (Ólafsdóttir, Bjørn-Larsen, Caput Ensemble, Sachs)


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MÁSSON, Á.: Kammersinfónia / Elja / Ymni / Maes Howe (Ólafsdóttir, Bjørn-Larsen, Caput Ensemble, Sachs)

Widely travelled and eclectic in his influences, Áskell Másson can be considered the epitome of the Icelandic composer, his distinctive sound infused with the traditional music of his homeland. Elja is the title of an ancient Icelandic folk-poem, its energy and sense of struggle reflected in music with fierce momentum and calm tranquility. Ymni is a seductively simple and gently melancholic setting of sonnet fragments, while Maes Howe evokes the windswept landscapes of Orkney and its Neolithic landmarks through the dark voice of the tuba. Kammersinfonia is Másson’s second symphony, its song-like folk music influences expressed in contrasting episodes which build to a rollicking scherzo and liberating apotheosis.

Masson, Askell

1.   Elja 00:10:05

Masson, Askell
Gunnarsson, Gunnar, lyricist(s)

2.   Ymni 00:13:15

Masson, Askell

  Maes Howe
3.   Maes Howe 00:14:32
  Symphony No. 2, "Kammersinfonia"
4.   I. — 00:11:37
5.   II. — 00:02:42
6.   III. — 00:02:15
7.   IV. — 00:06:07

Total Playing Time: 01:00:33

Masson, Askell

Gunnarsson, Gunnar

Sachs, Joel

Caput Ensemble

Bjorn-Larsen, Jens; Olafsdottir, Gudrun

Label: Naxos

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral; Vocal

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 9.70203

Barcode: 730099720311

Distribution Note(s):

January 2014 digital release. Exclusively available for streaming and download. Not available on CD.


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