Ró for chamber ensemble. For all the more accessible, melancholy Icelandic composers who I enjoy - Ólafur Arnalds, the sadly departed Jóhann Jóhannsson - this music is the stark, barren inverse, evoked by the wilderness expanse on the album cover above.
Thorvaldsdottir is currently composer-in-residence for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, who perform the album's majestic centrepiece Aeriality. Influences here -
I've got lazy brain today, so will just go for Ligeti/Bartok in the strings,
and perhaps even two favourites who I really should get back to posting soon,
Avram/Dumitrescu - but more subtle and refined. There's some respite afterwards in Tactility, for percussion and some nicely odd harp sounds, and Trajectories, a piano/electronics piece. Lastly, Shades Of Silence is performed on baroque instruments, which just makes its droning textures sound even stranger and out of time. All in all, a magnificent hour of modern composition, and really promising for her future endeavours.
mega / zippy