Two Unconventional Orchestral Works

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

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)             





Arvo Pärt

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa Part 1- Ludus, excerpt [1:30]

Nonesuch 79582

Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Bjarnson


Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Dreaming [17:25]

Innova 810

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

Tabula Rasa

Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa Part 1- Ludus [10:22]

Nonesuch 79582

Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Richard Studt, violin; Tasmin Little, violin

Arvo Pärt- Fratres etc


Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa
Part 2 – Silentium [16:20]

Virgin 45314
Out of print, but try or Archiv Music.

Caput Ensemble
Snorri Sigfus Birgisson, conductor


Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Hrim, excerpt [2:51]

Innova 810