Cinematic Sounds of Iceland (Special Podcast)

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On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.”

Also, there’s music from a dance score by Olafur Arnalds, lush, ambient northern soundscape music from cellist/composer Hildur Gudnadottir, and orchestral strings & modern electronica in music from the Reykjavik-based Johann Johannson.

PROGRAM # 3283, New Music from Iceland (First aired on 12/20/2011)                                                  





Sigur Rós

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Samskeyti, excerpt [1:30]


Ólafur Arnalds


Dyad 1909


Dyad 1909, excerpt [8:48]

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Ólafur Arnalds


Eulogy For Evolution


Eulogy for Evolution, pt 7 [5:56]

Erased Tapes ERATP004

Jóhann Jóhannsson


Salfraedingur (Psychologist) [3:49]

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Valgeir Sigurdsson


Past Tundra [5:06]

Bedroom Community HVALUR8

Hildur Gudnadóttir  

Without Sinking

Into Warmer Air [6:11]

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir,

Bryndis Halla Gylfadottir, cello
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Bjarnason, conductor


Dreaming, excerpt [10:00]

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