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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #100 on: November 03, 2014, 01:13:34 PM »
I'll try to listen to some Leifs tonight too.
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #101 on: November 03, 2014, 01:29:45 PM »
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-rmaBz_WpM


Listened to this 'Elegia' (In Memoriam) op. 53

Found it very moving.
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #102 on: November 03, 2014, 02:48:27 PM »
Brand new BIS album this month.

Scherzo concreto
Quintet for flute, clarinet, bassoon, viola, and cello
Pastoral variations for string quartet
Elegies, for male choir, mezzo-soprano, and violin

"These recordings have previously been released by the Smekkleysa label.
Remastered by BIS Records for the present release."

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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #103 on: November 03, 2014, 03:07:49 PM »
Brand new BIS album this month.

Scherzo concreto
Quintet for flute, clarinet, bassoon, viola, and cello
Pastoral variations for string quartet
Elegies, for male choir, mezzo-soprano, and violin

"These recordings have previously been released by the Smekkleysa label.
Remastered by BIS Records for the present release."



Hah! I own the original Smekkleysa issue. 8)
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #104 on: November 03, 2014, 10:07:00 PM »
Hah! I own the original Smekkleysa issue. 8)

What's it like John?
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #105 on: November 04, 2014, 07:37:16 AM »
What's it like John?

Haven't even heard it yet, Jeffrey. So much music, so little time...
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« Reply #106 on: November 04, 2014, 09:35:34 AM »
Haven't even heard it yet, Jeffrey. So much music, so little time...

Yes, I can relate to that.   ???
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #107 on: August 03, 2015, 04:31:16 AM »
Today, a note from BIS CEO Robert von Bahr:

"We are quietly collecting the Complete Music Edition of the totally unique Icelandic composer Jón Leifs (it doesn't take more than max 10 seconds of listening to any of his works to immediately pinpoint him as the composer) and there isn't so much remaining - but what there is remaining is fraught with so massive difficulties to arrange that I wonder if we can."

I suppose true Leifs fans will be able to figure out what he speaks of!

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« Reply #108 on: November 09, 2017, 11:50:30 AM »
Question for fans of this composer.

I have Saga Symphony but no other Leifs. If you could recommend 1 (one) other CD of his orchestral music, what would it be?
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« Reply #109 on: November 09, 2017, 01:46:32 PM »
Question for fans of this composer.

I have Saga Symphony but no other Leifs. If you could recommend 1 (one) other CD of his orchestral music, what would it be?

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« Reply #110 on: November 09, 2017, 05:00:02 PM »
Thanks Vander...why this disc in particular? I'm surprised you didn't mention one of those geological mega-noisemakers like Hekla or Geysir.
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« Reply #111 on: November 09, 2017, 11:13:44 PM »
Thanks Vander...why this disc in particular? I'm surprised you didn't mention one of those geological mega-noisemakers like Hekla or Geysir.
My pleasure! I think was the first Leifs CD I bought and my first contact with his music. It's a while since I heard it but I recall thoroughly enjoying it. I know that you asked for orchestral music and it features the Icelandic Cantata, however most of the music on the CD is orchestral. I recall especially liking the atmospheric 'Fine 1' and 'Fine 2'. If you track back through this thread I'm sure you'll find some more megalomaniacal musical suggestions. 'Geysir' is definitely recommended as well, as is the soundtrack from the movie 'Tears of Stone' which features many extracts from Leifs's music.  :)


It's worth reading the review of the CD on the Amazon UK site:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tears-Stone-Various/dp/B000004A4M/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1510298480&sr=1-4&keywords=Tears+of+stone
The CD seems to be available dirt cheap on both the UK and US Amazon sites.
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #112 on: November 10, 2017, 07:41:31 AM »
My favorite Leifs works aren’t the natural wonder sonic blockbusters, but works like Elegy, Requiem, Fine I & II, Consolation, Réminiscence du nord, 2 Songs, and Night.
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« Reply #113 on: November 10, 2017, 10:34:08 AM »
My favorite Leifs works aren’t the natural wonder sonic blockbusters, but works like Elegy, Requiem, Fine I & II, Consolation, Réminiscence du nord, 2 Songs, and Night.

A couple of these are on the disc that has Hekla, so that might be a good choice.
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #114 on: November 10, 2017, 10:52:12 AM »
A couple of these are on the disc that has Hekla, so that might be a good choice.
That's the only Leifs disc I have so far, a good choice. And indeed particularly for Réminiscence du nord, Requiem and Elegy.
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #115 on: November 10, 2017, 10:55:58 AM »
A couple of these are on the disc that has Hekla, so that might be a good choice.
I'm sure you'll enjoy that one as well.
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Re: Tears of Stone: Jon Leifs 1899-1968
« Reply #116 on: November 10, 2017, 05:49:27 PM »
A couple of these are on the disc that has Hekla, so that might be a good choice.

Yep, that disc is great. Don’t get wrong these natural wonder blockbusters are great fun, but, for me, they don’t represent the composer at his most personal. Much like Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance Marches or Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsodies don’t really reveal the composer we’ve come to know in their more intimate works.
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