Moonbow is Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson’s second album and the first to be released on Sono Luminus. The music, performed by leading members of the Icelandic contemporary music scene including Caput Ensemble, Siggi String Quartet, Duo Harpvek and Ingolfus Vilhjalmsson with Conductor Guoni Franzson, was recorded in Kaldalón and Norðurljós, the two recital halls of Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall.
The album is a selection of more mature works from a fruitful period in the composer’s life after moving back to Iceland in 2009, with all the experience from the Netherlands in his pocket. The album features a trio, a quartet, and a quintet, flanked by two larger ensemble pieces. The works are diverse, not only in terms of instrumentation but also in terms of musical subject and give a good insight into Gunnar’s distinctive and personal sound-world.
With his sensitive insight, Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson has developed a unique and personal style through the years. Typical for his music are unfolding processes, passages that transform smoothly from one texture to another, shifting between contrasting moods. Another characteristic is strictly constructed, multi-layered, continuous movements with musical elements being drawn in and out of the foreground through instrumentation and articulation. Textures woven out of rhythmic and melodic patterns, like patchwork, is yet another distinctive feature.
Gunnar has been described as a ‘strong Icelandic voice with a fresh and bold imagination’. His music has been praised for being vivid and inventive, highly original, pleasantly coherent, purposefully constructed, filled with mystique and magical power.
Siggi String Quartet
Ingolfus Vilhjalmsson – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Conducted by Guoni Franzson
Total time: 01:02:27
|Analog to Digital Converters||
Horus (Recording) & Hapi (Mastering), Merging Technologies
STEF Recording Fund, Rannis Music Recording Fund
|Original Recording Format|
Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík, Iceland Kaldalón Recital Hall – Norðurljós Recital Hall on February 24-27, 2020
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Douglas Davis II
|Release Date||April 22, 2021|
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