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Steph Power
BBC Music Magazine, February 2019

Jónsdóttir’s Flow and Fusion offers just that in a seamless integration of acoustic with electronic sounds, while Vilmarsson’s bd (title unexplained) employs thumps, clacks and whistles suggestive of… whale noises? More overtly tonal, Sigfúsdóttir’s Aequora picks up the watery images. As with Bjarnason’s three-part Emergence and Thorvaldsdóttir’s Dreaming there is an abundance of chord clusters and not-quite melodic themes which emerge through curtains of sustained strings and brass, deftly handled. The ultra-smooth recording adds to the sense of homogeneity, but this oyster could really do with some grit. © 2019 BBC Music Magazine Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, January 2018

Each of the works on this program unfolds the previously mostly latent spatial-color possibilities of the modern symphony orchestra as viewed through dynamically creative sets of lenses. We after all dwell in space, in spaces that can sound with only the limitations of our own imaginations and the dedication of those who devote their lives to making it all so, to making it ring in our ears so that the black notes of the scores become aural worlds we can live within happily.

If that seems a bit much, I can tell you that the program on the CD brings to us a new opening onto the modern project, a music of space and color, drama and steady unfolding. These are works by composers you may not know well, or even not at all. Yet none of them feel the least bit anonymous. © 2018 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, May 2017

Quietly spectacular scores, beautifully played and recorded; a most desirable issue. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, April 2017

This lovely disc contains works by 5 notable Icelandic contemporary composers. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra is widely known for its performances and recordings and its concerts featuring modern music. Since 2011, the orchestra’s home has been Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik. Daníel Bjarnason is the orchestra’s Artist-in-Residence and is active in a variety of roles as conductor, composer, and educator. He is conducting on this presentation, and provides one of the featured works.

The surround sounds worked organically with these works, drawing you deeper into the music. While the compositions are clearly difficult to play, the Iceland Symphony pulls off a very fine performance. © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review





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