Pays : Iceland Label : Sono Luminus Genres et styles : Classical / Contemporary Année : 2021

Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Enigma

· par Frédéric Cardin

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is one of the most interesting voices in contemporary music today. The Icelandic composer is a kind of Björk for today’s art music. She defies conventions and remains accessible despite her unapologetic originality. There is something of Gorecki/Vasks meets George Crumb in her music. 

Like her homeland, Thorvaldsdottir’s soundworld has a viscerally mineral, raw and solid, yet strangely seductive quality. The softness and poetry of the northern lights enveloping the implacability of an arid, barren setting, or something like.

This string quartet, Enigma, the composer’s first, is an impressive exercise in the genre. Nearly thirty minutes of long, sustained phrases of infinite melancholy. These support the clattering of pizzicati, col legno sounds (which means hitting the strings with the wood of the bow) and other contemporary string techniques.

The sonic carpet of the first movement is thus riddled with speckled, stinging textures like so many scattered dart wounds.

The second movement is creaky, its uneasy harmonies rubbing together like a rusty mechanism from an infinitely old age. The chromatic proximity expresses the mechanism’s lack of ease.

In the third movement, this uneasiness, this greyness, is still perceptible, but it is lightened a little. The stings of the first movement become less frequent, the musical dialogue is transformed into a mysterious melody evoking the echoes of an era long gone, but whose furtive, discarded traces slowly manifest themselves like a jolt from the subconscious.

The Spektral Quartet is the excellent accomplice of a creation of high stature that confirms the international status of this fascinating Icelandic composer.

Tout le contenu 360

Sarah Rossy – Seemingly Insatiable Waves

Sarah Rossy – Seemingly Insatiable Waves

Cyrille Dubois/Tristan Raës – Louis Beydts (1895-1953) : Melodies and Songs

Cyrille Dubois/Tristan Raës – Louis Beydts (1895-1953) : Melodies and Songs

Ruth Saphir – Accolades of Time

Ruth Saphir – Accolades of Time

Gabriel Genest – As It Is

Gabriel Genest – As It Is

Karma Glider – Sugarcane

Karma Glider – Sugarcane

Shannon & The Clams – The Moon Is In The Wrong Place

Shannon & The Clams – The Moon Is In The Wrong Place

FIMAV 2024 | Sélébéyone, or cultural intersections according to Steve Lehman

FIMAV 2024 | Sélébéyone, or cultural intersections according to Steve Lehman

Kaia Kater Talks About Her New Album Strange Medicine

Kaia Kater Talks About Her New Album Strange Medicine

FIMAV | Natural Information Society informs you of its great sounds !

FIMAV | Natural Information Society informs you of its great sounds !

Catherine Major – La mémoire du corps

Catherine Major – La mémoire du corps

Myriam Gendron – Mayday

Myriam Gendron – Mayday

CMIM – Piano 2024 | Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, first Canadian pianist ever to win

CMIM – Piano 2024 | Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, first Canadian pianist ever to win

CMIM – Piano 2024: The finalists’ penultimate stretch (Part 2)

CMIM – Piano 2024: The finalists’ penultimate stretch (Part 2)

Empress Of – For Your Consideration

Empress Of – For Your Consideration

CMIM – Piano 2024: The penultimate round of finalists (Part 1)

CMIM – Piano 2024: The penultimate round of finalists (Part 1)

Musical Chairs, a chamber music festival at the Schulich School of Music

Musical Chairs, a chamber music festival at the Schulich School of Music

Swing the Mass at Cinquième salle : Will Todd’s Mass in Blue for a rare occasion in Quebec

Swing the Mass at Cinquième salle : Will Todd’s Mass in Blue for a rare occasion in Quebec

Meet Uuriintuya Khalivan: the woman who brings Mongolia to Canada

Meet Uuriintuya Khalivan: the woman who brings Mongolia to Canada

CMIM – Piano 2024 | Finalists announced

CMIM – Piano 2024 | Finalists announced

Women’s Silk Roads at the Centre des Musiciens du Monde Festival 2024

Women’s Silk Roads at the Centre des Musiciens du Monde Festival 2024

Random Access Memories, 11 years later: HI FI document at PHI Center

Random Access Memories, 11 years later: HI FI document at PHI Center

The Messthetics – And James Brandon Lewis

The Messthetics – And James Brandon Lewis

Job For A Cowboy – Moon Healer

Job For A Cowboy – Moon Healer

Spectral Voice – Sparagmos

Spectral Voice – Sparagmos

Inscrivez-vous à l'infolettre