#3541: Two Unconventional Orchestral Works

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Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir
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Hear music of vast scale and ravishing textures in works by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir for this New Sounds program.  It’s music that has been reflected through the nature prism; that of prolonged winters due to volcanic ash, healing waters of hot springs, or frozen glacial shards that shimmer in the sun.  Also, there’s music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt – his “Tabula Rasa,” Latin for “clean slate,” scored for two violin soloists, prepared piano and orchestra.  Pärt’s neo-medieval mystical minimalism in this work deals with the play between music and space, as repeating patterns slowly unfold over time.

PROGRAM #3541– two unconventional orchestral works (First aired on 12/04/2013)   

ARTIST: Arvo Pärt
WORK: Tabula Rasa Part 1- Ludus, excerpt [1:30]
RECORDING: Tabula Rasa
SOURCE: Nonesuch 79582
INFO: nonesuch.com

ARTIST: Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Bjarnson
WORK: Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Dreaming [17:25]
RECORDING: Rhizoma
SOURCE: Innova 810
INFO: innova.mu

ARTIST: Gidon Kremer, violin Tatiana Grindenko, violin 
Reinut Tepp, prepared piano, Kremerata Baltica, cond. by Eri Klas

WORK: Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa Part 1- Ludus [10:22] 
RECORDING: Tabula Rasa
SOURCE: Nonesuch 79582
INFO: nonesuch.com

ARTIST: Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Richard Studt, violin; Tasmin Little, violin
WORK: Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa Part 2 – Silentium [16:20]
RECORDING: Arvo Pärt- Fratres etc
SOURCE: Virgin 45314
INFO: Out of print, but try Amazon.com or Archiv Music.

ARTIST: Caput Ensemble, Snorri Sigfus Birgisson, conductor
WORK: Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Hrim, excerpt [2:51]
RECORDING: Rhizoma
SOURCE: Innova 810
INFO: innova.mu