Two Sides (Double Album)

Barokkbandio Brák

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Two Sides is a Double Album by Barokkbandið Brák on the Sono Luminus label.  It presents two contrasting sides of music-making. On the first album Barokkbandið Brák performs their core repertoire of Italian and Swedish Baroque music while seeking to expand the repertoire for historical instruments by commissioning new works by up and coming Icelandic composers.

The second album showcases new Icelandic music written specially for the ensemble. All of these works share the same sound world as all the music is performed on historical instruments from the baroque era.

Barokkbandið Brák was founded in 2015 by Icelandic violinists Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir, Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir, and Laufey Jensdóttir. The 13 member ensemble mainly consists of Icelandic musicians who all share a passion for historically informed performance of Renaissance and Baroque music and seek to bring the music from this period to a wide audience in Iceland and abroad. Since its founding the group has held numerous concerts in Iceland with great success.

Most of Brák’s performances have been recorded and broadcasted by the Icelandic National Radio (RÚV). Brák has been regularly nominated for the yearly Icelandic Music Awards, and in 2020 won the award for “Concert of the Year”. Barokkbandið Brák constantly seeks new concepts and frequently collaborates with renowned singers, dancers and instrumentalists from all over Europe to expand the range of possibilities.

This album is available in Stereo DSD 128, DSD 64, and DXD. It is not available on SACD.

Barokkbandio Brak
Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir – Lead Violin
Gróa Margrét Valdimarsdóttir – Violin
Guðbjartur Hákonarson – Violin
Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir – Violin
Laufey Jensdóttir – Violin
Sólveig Vaka Eyþórsdóttir – Violin
Gunnhildur Daðadóttir – Violin
Guðrún Hrund Harðardóttir – Viola
Þóra Sveinsdóttir – Viola
Steinunn Arnbjörg Stefánsdóttir – Cello
Guðný Jónasdóttir – Cello
Richard Korn – Bass
Halldór Bjarki Arnarson – Harpsichord

Tracklist

1.
"Sinfonia from ""Il Giustino, RV 717"": I. Allegro"
02:24
2.
"Sinfonia from ""Il Giustino, RV 717"": II. Andante"
02:34
3.
"Sinfonia from ""Il Giustino, RV 717"": III. Allegro"
00:46
4.
Violin Concerto in G Major: I. Allegro
03:32
5.
Violin Concerto in G Major: II. Largo
03:12
6.
Violin Concerto in G Major: III. Allegro
02:58
7.
Trio Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1 No. 4: I. Vivace
01:15
8.
Trio Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1 No. 4: II. Adagio
00:59
9.
Trio Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1 No. 4: III. Allegro
01:06
10.
Trio Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1 No. 4: IV. Presto
01:32
11.
Sinfonia in A Major, Op. 1 No. 3: I. Allegro
03:18
12.
Sinfonia in A Major, Op. 1 No. 3: II. Andante
04:06
13.
Sinfonia in A Major, Op. 1 No. 3: III. Allegro ma non presto
03:07
14.
Trio Sonata in D Minor
06:54
15.
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 5 No. 4: I. Allegro
03:01
16.
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 5 No. 4: II. Andantino
01:53
17.
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 5 No. 4: III. Allegro moderato
04:14
18.
Concerto in A Minor, Op. 5 No. 4: IV. Minuet gratioso
02:19
19.
Concerto for 2 Violins & Cello in D minor, RV 565: I. Allegro - II. Adagio e spiccato - III. Allegro
03:57
20.
Concerto for 2 Violins & Cello in D minor, RV 565: IV. Largo e spiccato
02:06
21.
Concerto for 2 Violins & Cello in D minor, RV 565: V. Allegro
02:15
22.
Fold: I. Prelude
02:01
23.
Fold: II. Slow and Steady
02:06
24.
Fold: III. Pattern
03:44
25.
Fold: IV. Passacaglia
03:30
26.
Speaking in Song
06:16
27.
Quorum Sensing
11:03
28.
BRK: I
07:35
29.
BRK: II
03:24

Total time: 01:37:07

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SLE70026

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Mastering Engineer

Daniel Shores

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Producer

Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir

Recording Engineer

Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir

Recording Location

Fella og Hólakirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland. on March 29 through April 5, 2021

Release Date September 9, 2022

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