SVEINBJÖRN SVEINBJÖRNSSON (1847-1927): Piano Trios in A Minor and in E Minor, Violin Sonata in F, 4 Lyric Pieces for Violin and Piano, Solo Piano: Idyll in A Flat, Víkivaki in B Minor, Barcarolle in F.
Catalogue Number: 01J046
Description: Iceland's first composer spent 49 years of his life in Edinburgh, Scotland, composing, giving piano recitals and teaching piano. He studied briefly under Reinecke and sang in Niels Gade's choir in 1869-70. Mendelssohn (through Reinecke) and Gade are his major influences; although the Idyll and Víkivaki are from Icelandic folk material, they are paraphrases and Sveinbjörnsson showed no Griegian interest in folksong for its own sake. Often vivacious and bright in spirit, these chamber works (quite conservative for pieces written mostly between 1910 and 1923) are an attractive byway in European Romanticism. Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir (piano), Audur Hafteinsdöttir (violin), Sigurgeir Agnarsson, Sifurdur Bjarki Gunnarsson (cello).