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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

  Elja
1.   Play with flash player Elja 00:10:05

Masson, Askell
Gunnarsson, Gunnar, lyricist(s)

  Ymni
2.   Play with flash player Ymni 00:13:15

Masson, Askell

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

Total Playing Time: 01:00:33






Composer(s):
Masson, Askell

Lyricist(s):
Gunnarsson, Gunnar

Conductor(s):
Sachs, Joel

Ensemble(s):
Caput Ensemble

Artist(s):
Bjørn-Larsen, Jens; Olafsdottir, Gudrun

Label: Naxos

Genre: Concerto; Orchestral; Vocal

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 9.70203

Barcode: 730099720311

Release Date: 01/2014

 

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