Sunleif Rasmussen - Symphony no.2 ‘The Earth Anew’ | Dacapo 8226175

Sunleif Rasmussen - Symphony no.2 ‘The Earth Anew’

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Label: Dacapo

Cat No: 8226175

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th October 2016

Contents

Artists

Cyndia Seden (soprano)
Bo Skovhus (baritone)
Akademiska Sangforeningen
Muntra Musikanter
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

Works

Rasmussen, Sunleif

Symphony no.2 'The Earth Anew'

Artists

Cyndia Seden (soprano)
Bo Skovhus (baritone)
Akademiska Sangforeningen
Muntra Musikanter
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

About

The second symphony of the prize-winning Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen (b. 1961) is composed as a life cycle based on the Old Norse myth of the tree of life, Yggdrasil, and carries the title ‘The Earth Anew’. Inspired by natural phenomena and Faroese melodies, Rasmussen is a great believer in a shared Nordic identity, and this world premiere recording bears witness to his strong artistic partnership with Finnish conductor John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Faroese Sunleif Rasmussen was born on Sandoy – ‘the sand island’ – in 1961. At all events the Faroese aspect – the colonial history, the yearning for freedom, the language, the songs and the culture – fills most of the self-portrait that he put into writing in 2002 when he received the greatest recognition ever afforded a Faroese composer: the Nordic Council’s Music Prize for the symphony ‘Oceanic Days’.

Sunleif Rasmussen’s musical idiom is also Faroese, according to the man himself, but not if you simply listen to the music. Deep within the structure lie traces of old Faroese songs which Rasmussen has collected, broken down and rebuilt into a modern store of musical material. The Faroese landscape, however, seems far more of a presence in Rasmussen’s music.

His youth in Sandoy with the omnipresent Atlantic, the dunes, the lymegrass and the gales – perhaps not unlike the conditions on the west coast of Jutland in the autumn – seems to explain much of the highly sensual musical experience one can get out of Sunleif Rasmussen’s music.

He has written orchestral works, chamber music, solo pieces, electroacoustic works for tape and for live electronics as well as a great deal of choral music.

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