Gavin Bryars - Hovdingar hittast (Heroes meet) | GB Records BCGBCD20

Gavin Bryars - Hovdingar hittast (Heroes meet)

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Label: GB Records

Cat No: BCGBCD20

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 12th May 2014

Contents

Artists

Runi Brattaberg (bass)
Eivor Palsdottir (soprano)
Olavur Jakobsen (guitar)
Agnar Lamhauge (double bass)
Eystanljoo Choir
Aldubaran Chamber Orchestra

Conductors

Gavin Bryars
Leif Hansen

Works

Bryars, Gavin

From Egil's Saga
Hitt blinda lidid (The Company of the Blind)
Trondur i Gotu

Artists

Runi Brattaberg (bass)
Eivor Palsdottir (soprano)
Olavur Jakobsen (guitar)
Agnar Lamhauge (double bass)
Eystanljoo Choir
Aldubaran Chamber Orchestra

Conductors

Gavin Bryars
Leif Hansen

About

Since 2002, Gavin Bryars has developed a strong and very special relationship with the Faroe Islands (he describes it as “one of the most beautiful places in the world”) and has undertaken a number of projects there. On this recording, the composer conducts Faroese forces in three works based on powerful Nordic poetry and subject matter: From Egil’s Saga, Tróndur í Gřtu, and a short choral piece, Hitt blinda liđiđ.

Bryars’ first tangible connection with the islands came about when he met the operatic bass Rúni Brattaberg, who sang in his opera 'G' in Mainz, and who is the only classical singer to come from the Faroes. This led to a new piece, From Egil's Saga, for bass voice and chamber orchestra, which sets old Icelandic saga poetry. Included in the composition are fragments of the music that composer and singer recorded in various Faroe locations, most notably, at the opening of the piece, in the magnificent cathedral-like sea cave of the island of Hestur.

Subsequently, Bryars was asked to write another piece with chamber orchestra, this time to celebrate the Faroese hero Tróndur of Gřtu. This is for two solo voices, Rúni Brattaberg and the very beautiful Faroese singer/composer Eivřr Pálsdottír, who was later to sing the title role in the premiere of Gavin Bryars’ fourth opera, Marilyn Forever. The music sets some Irish texts from St Brendan as well as texts about Tróndur, in Faroese. It was first performed in the lovely new church in Gřtu, with the composer conducting the choir Eystanljóđ and the ensemble Alúbaran.

Eventually, both pieces - From Egil’s Saga and Tróndur I Gřtu - were performed and recorded for this album in the Nordic House in Tórshavn, and a short choral setting of one of the first modern Faroese poets Christian Matras, Hitt blinda liđiđ (The Company of the Blind) was subsequently added for the choir.

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