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SIG 181

Mini Stories - Hallgrimsson

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Caput Ensemble



Venue:

Salurinn Concert Hall, Kópavogur, Iceland

20, 25 & 27 Jan 2003

Producer:

Sveinn Kjartansson



Engineer:

Gudni Franzson



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 50:56
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HAFLIDI HALLGIMSSON

   
1 

A Suite

1:44
2 

Scene

2:01
3 

A Fable

1:19
4 

The Centre of the Universe

1:53
5 

Incidents

1:41
6 

Script

1:23
7 

A Sonnet

1:56
8 

Rondino

1:32
9 

An Optical Illusion

1:28
10 

Mystical Navigation

2:30
11 

What They Sell in the Stores Nowadays

2:05
12 

Red Trees, Blue Sky, Dead Leaves

2:04
13 

Petrakov

1:49
14 

Singing Lesson

2:28
15 

A Play

3:13
16 

Left Hand Singing

1:20
17 

A Dream

3:28
18 

The Ship Sails North

3:09
19 

A Young Man Who Astonished a Watchman

3:42
20 

March For One

2:06
21 

Losing Things

2:00
22 

Seven Halos

1:23
23 

Victory Boogie-Woogie

3:18
24 

Blue Notebook No.10

1:24
   


Hafliði Hallgrímsson is one of the leading figures in Icelandic musical life, and his work Mini Stories sets the surreal poetry of the soviet-era writer Daniil Kharms to music. Whilst internationally renowned actor Simon Callow brings Kharms’s texts to life, the Icelandic Caput Ensemble reflect the mood with stellar performances of Hallgrímsson’s evocative accompanying composition.

 

"Callow waxes opulently lyrical in narrating Daniil Kharms’ absurdist tales and Halgrimsson’s music is, by contrast, stark and dark except for the cathartic Victory Boogie-Woogie. It’s the ideal combination to give a vivid sound picture of these acrid aphoristic tales. Engaging stuff if you can stand the unrelentingly bleak nihilism of the words."  ***

Phillip Sommerich

Classical Music - 30 January 2010

“This CD is an unique gem, gripping from beginning to end, superbly recorded and annotated by the composer, complete with a biography of Kharms and full texts… Enthusiastically Recommended”

Peter Grahame Woolf
 

MusicalPointers.co.uk



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