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Atonement: The Music of Pall Ragnar Palsson / Hirv, Caput Ensemble [Blu-ray Audio + CD]


Release Date: 05/22/2020 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92241  
Composer:  Pall Ragnar Palsson
Performer:  Tui HirvÁsdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir
Conductor:  Gudni Franzson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pall Ragnar Palsson writes of his new release: “Composing is a meditative process I embark on in every piece I compose. It doesn’t feel like beginning a new journey with each composition though, rather continuing from where I left off in the last one. This continuity reflects in my music – one sound grows out of the last one, like branches of a tree. Associations and encounters find their way directly to the music, in terms of narrative, atmosphere or structure. It is a conscious process of translation of some kind, and I gratefully allow it to happen, never applying force or excess intellectual argumentation. All the technique I have learned is in service of that unstoppable movement, never dictating the flow. Exploring the DNA of my Read more artistic development, I’d say there are two major factors that have influenced me. One of them is to have been born in Iceland, growing up in a protected environment that leaves one with the feeling (or illusion) that one is free to do anything he wants. Then again moving to Estonia to study composition made me re-evaluate my perceptions on life and art so far. The brisk salty breeze of the ocean got replaced by scent of burning wood rising from the chimneys of old houses near the forest and the playful indie scene of Reykjavik by sophisticated academic concert life in ancient churches and guildhalls of Tallinn. It was the environment where I found my musical language, plunged into East-European art and history, travelled and made friends, connected deeply with the spiritual approach Estonians have to music and their somewhat ancient character. One of those old souls I got to know is my wife Tui who sings on this album. Our singer-composer collaboration started right away and has tied together our professional and personal lives in an especially fulfilling way…” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Atonement by Pall Ragnar Palsson
Performer:  Tui Hirv (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gudni Franzson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iceland 
2.
Lucidity by Pall Ragnar Palsson
Conductor:  Gudni Franzson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iceland 
3.
Stalker's Monologue by Pall Ragnar Palsson
Performer:  Tui Hirv (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gudni Franzson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iceland 
4.
Midsummer's Night by Pall Ragnar Palsson
Performer:  Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir (Voice)
Conductor:  Gudni Franzson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iceland 
5.
Wheel Crosses Under Moss by Pall Ragnar Palsson
Performer:  Tui Hirv (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gudni Franzson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caput Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Iceland 

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