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Schola Cantorum Reykjavík & Hörður Áskelsson (conductor)
Resonus Classics is delighted to present an album featuring a selection of choral music by the celebrated Icelandic composer Hafliði Hallgrímsson.

Following the critically acclaimed recording of Hallgrímsson’s carol Joseph and the Angel, which featured on Resonus’s 2012 Christmas release This Christmas Night (RES10113), this latest album is performed by Schola Cantorum Reykjavík under the direction of their conductor Hörður Áskelsson.

Made up entirely of world premiere recordings, this album features most of Hallgrímsson’s smaller-scale choral works including the three-movement work Níunda Stund originally written in 1993 and revised in 2006 together with Rúra, rúra barni (sleep, sleep now darling). This piece is one of the composer’s simplest, but most immediately affecting, pieces, and is an arrangement of a traditional lullaby from the Faroe Islands.

'The music has calming a cappella air of "spiritual polyphony" - sometimes dreamily tuneful, sometimes bleak and eerie [...] Many of these small-scale pieces were commissioned by the Schola Cantorum Reykjavik, who bring them beautifully to life'
The Financial Times

Credits
© 2013 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2013 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10117
Producer, engineer & editor: Sveinn Kjartansson
Executive Producer: Adam Binks

Cover Image by Hafliði Hallgrímsson

Haflidi Hallgrimsson
Hafliði Hallgrímsson

'The music has calming a cappella air of "spiritual polyphony" - sometimes dreamily tuneful, sometimes bleak and eerie [...] Many of these small-scale pieces were commissioned by the Schola Cantorum Reykjavik, who bring them beautifully to life'
The Financial Times

'The performances are authoritative, the booklet of notes and texts informative [...] and the recording excellent, at least in 24/96 format. Another outstanding download-only release from Resonus.'
MusicWeb International

'Schola Cantorum Reykjavík under Hörður Áskelsson's direction provide a fine technical performance, but more than that they create a wonderfully evocative and expressive atmosphere. Eerie, haunting and mysterious certainly, but stunning as well.'
Planet Hugill

'The Schola Cantorum Reykjavik under Hörður Áskelsson sing very well indeed [...] Any readers with an interest in contemporary Icelandic choral music should click on www.resonsuclassics.com at their earliest opportunity'
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Hafliði Hallgrímsson: Choral works

Hafliði Hallgrímsson: Choral works

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1 4:07
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  • 2 9:31
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  • 3 2:31
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  • 4 3:46
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  • 5 3:59
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  • 6 4:24
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  • 7 4:06
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  • 8 10:15
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  • 9 9:17
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