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Jón Leifs - Baldr, a choreographic drama

Composer Jón Leifs
Performer Gunnar Gudbjörnsson
Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Kari Kropsu, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-1230 CD
EAN 7318591230311
Format CD  –  2 discs
Release date May 2002
Total time 90'25

2-disc set – 10/10, ClassicsToday.com
10/10, ClassicsToday.com; Recording of the Month, MusicWeb International; "La Séléction des meilleures prises de son", Répertoire
"The present account has enormous conviction and the recording is amazingly present and vivid." BBC Music Magazine; "I relished every bar." The Independent (UK)

Baldr is one of Jón Leifs' largest and most ambitious scores. It stands at the centre of the composer's career. The work is subtitled "A Choreographic drama without Words", somewhat inaccurately, since it includes sung texts from the Prose and Poetic Eddas, which also provide the sources for the plot.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Jón Leifs
  Baldr, Op. 34 88'42
01 Act I: Dance of the Creatures of the Earth 15'01
02 Act I: The Creation of Man 5'17
03 Act I: Nanna 5'13
04 Act I: Hurricane 7'02
05 Act I: The Chosen Warriors 1'50
06 Act I: The Wedding 1'58
07 Act I: Dance-Finale 2'44
 
 
Disc 2
01 Act II: Baldr's Dreams 2'07
02 Act II: The Oathtaking 16'00
03 Act II: The Throwing Game 3'07
04 Act II: Baldr's Death 9'09
05 Act II: Baldr's Cremation 10'46
06 Act II: Volcanic Eruption and Atonement 8'28
 
  Album total 90'25
ComposerLeifs, Jón
OrchestraIceland Symphony Orchestra
ConductorKropsu, Kari
ChoirSchola Cantorum
TenorGuðbjörnsson, Gunnar
Chorus-masterÁskelsson, Hördur

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