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Sigurbjornsson: Chamber Music

Release Date: 10/05/1999 
Label:  Itm Music From Iceland   Catalog #: 711   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
Performer:  Gunnar EgilsonIngvar JónassonThorkell SigurbjörnssonÅke Olofsson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saulesco String QuartetCopenhagen String QuartetOslo String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thorkell Sigurbjornsson is an Icelandic composer who, after training in his native country in the late 1950s, came to America where he studied with Lejaren Hiller and Kenneth Gaburo at that bastion of the academic avant-garde, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. His music shows a variety of modernist influences, from Webern to Ligeti, which seem well-integrated into an assured personal style, a hallmark of which is an insistent, often repetitive rhythmic impulse. In the trio 'Kisum,' he evokes nature through unconventional techniques, having the players blow, tap and scrape their instruments to produce odd, almost electronic sounding squeals and growls. The two quartet pieces show Sigurbjornsson moving from austere post-war Read more atonality to something more relaxed, adopting bits of minimalism, the music falling into little fragmented tonal grooves before moving on and generally opening up to a wider variety of expressive possibilities. This is interesting music, modest but not meek. Read less

Works on This Recording

Intrada and Kisum: Kisum by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
Performer:  Gunnar Egilson (Clarinet), Ingvar Jónasson (Viola), Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Iceland 
Date of Recording: 03/13/1971 
Venue:  Swedish Radio Studio no 4, Stockholm 
Length: 29 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Hässelby-Quartet by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
Performer:  Åke Olofsson (Cello), Holger Hanson (Viola), Claes Nilsson (Violin),
Mircea Saulesco (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saulesco String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Iceland 
Date of Recording: 09/27/1968 
Venue:  Swedish Radio Studio no 2, Stockholm 
Length: 10 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Copenhagen Quartet by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
Performer:  Asger Lund Christiansen (Cello), Mogens Durholm (Violin), Mogens Bruun (Viola),
Tutter Givskov (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; Iceland 
Date of Recording: 05/14/1979 
Venue:  Danish Radio Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark 
Length: 14 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Visit by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson
Performer:  Oystein Sonstad (Cello), Are Sandbakken (Viola), Geir Inge Lotsberg (Violin),
Per Kristian Skalstad (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Iceland 
Date of Recording: 12/05/1993 
Venue:  Lindenmann Hall, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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