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Sigurbjörnsson: Stokkseyri, Septett / Gudjonsson, Et Al


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Itm Music From Iceland   Catalog #: 713   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hrodmar J Sigurbjörnsson
Performer:  Eríkur Örn PálssonAnna SigurbjörnsdottirEmil FridfinssonBrjann Ingason,   ... 
Conductor:  Gudmundur Gunnarsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music on this CD could hardly be labeled especially difficult or inaccessible - harmony and romanticism make their mark on both works. The composer himself says he is a conservative composer, who finds the "sound of a super string orchestra the most beautiful thing in the world." Sigurbjornsson's music career began in pop. He joined a band, Melchior, at the age of 15, "when the other guitarist in the group settled in Denmark." All the members of the band went to the Reykjavik High School. After playing in the band for two years, he began formal music studies, studying classical guitar. At the age of 18, he decided he needed to know more about composing. He felt he "had backed himself into a corner." He then attended the newly founded Read more Department of Theory and Composition at the Reykjavik College of Music. After graduating in 1984, he went abroad to study at the Utrecht Music Conservatory in the Netherlands where he studied with Joep Straesser. His Symphony of Songs for solo voices, mixed choir and orchestra was his major graduation piece. Since his return to Iceland, he has taught musical theory, counterpoint, music history and composition at the major universities. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Stokkseyri by Hrodmar J Sigurbjörnsson
Performer:  Eríkur Örn Pálsson (Trumpet), Anna Sigurbjörnsdottir (French Horn), Emil Fridfinsson (French Horn),
Brjann Ingason (Bassoon), Gudni Franzson (Clarinet), Eydis Franzdottir (Oboe),
Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute), Hildigunnur Halldorsdottir (Violin), Sigurdur Halldórsson (Cello),
Richard [Double Bass] Korn (Double Bass), Sverrir Gudjónsson (Countertenor), Steef van Oosterhout (Percussion),
Sigurdur Porbergsson (Trombone), Zbigniew Dubik (Violin), Gudmundur Kristmundsson (Viola)
Conductor:  Gudmundur Gunnarsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995-1997; Iceland 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Langholt Church, Iceland 
Length: 32 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Septet for Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello by Hrodmar J Sigurbjörnsson
Performer:  Steef van Oosterhout (Percussion), Gudni Franzson (Clarinet), Kolbeinn Bjarnason (Flute),
Helga Bryndis Magnusdottir (Piano), Bryndis Halla Gylfadottir (Cello), Audur Hafsteinsdottir (Violin),
Gudmundur Kristmundsson (Viola)
Conductor:  Gudmundur Gunnarsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; Iceland 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Vidistadir Church, Iceland 
Length: 19 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Icelandic 

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