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Leifur Thórarinsson:
Icelandic Chamber Music
ICELANDIC CHAMBER MUSICcoverWorld premiere recordings!  Iceland’s leading composer Leifur Thórarinsson first studied violin at the Rekjavik School of Music and went on to play with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.  In the 1960s, he studied composition under Wallingford Riegger and Gunther Schuller.

A prolific composer, Leifer has written music for all media, including opera and more than sixty pieces for theater productions.

Icelandic Chamber Music is dedicated to the composer who passed away shortly before the release of this recording.

For more information on Thórarinsson, the members of the Caput Ensemble, and other Icelandic composers, please visit The Icelandic Music Page órarinssonn

“[Thórarinsson’s music] exhibits skill, imagination, variety, and vigor.”
—Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

“Liefer has been the leading composer in Iceland for the last 30 years.  If not for the recent quantity of releases featuring Icelandic composers and musicians, most people would assume there wasn’t significant music from there.  I am particularly proud to contribute to this belated recognition.”
—Gunther Schuller

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PERFORMERS
Caput Ensemble
   
PROGRAM
Leifur Thórarinsson: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (1960) 6:14
1.I. = 88 3:10
2.II. = 120 3:04
  
Leifur Thórarinsson: Mosaik (violin and piano) (1961) 7:13
3.I. = 104 5:05
4.II. = 200 2:08
  
Leifur Thórarinsson: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano (1974) 9:51
5.I. Moderato 3:46
6.II. Lento espressivo - Allegretto - Andantino 6:05
  
7. Leifur Thórarinsson: Pente X 
(flute, harpsichord, cello and two percussion) (1994)
7:05
  
Leifur Thórarinsson: Preludio - Intermezzo - Finale (piano solo) (1995) 15:00
8.I. Preludio 3:10
9.II. Intermezzo 7:34
10.III. Finale 4:16
  
11. Leifur Thórarinsson: Serena by the Sea (violin and harp) (1995) 14:36
Total time: 60:01
  
Recorded at Vidistada Church in Hafnarfjördur, Fella-og Hóla Church in Reykjavik, and Garda Church in Gardabær, Iceland.
     
Producer: Gunther Schuller
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