HAFLIDI HALLGRÍMSSON (b.1941): Cello Concerto, Op. 30, Herma for Cello and String Orchestra, Op. 17
Catalogue Number: 09L095
Reference: ODE 1133-2
Description: Hallgrímsson's two concerti for his own instrument are extended, half-hour unbroken spans of music, placing the cellist firmly at the center of the action, playing almost continuously in a richly varied lyrical soliloquy, encompassing many moods. The 2003 concerto passes through a dreamlike tapestry of changing colors, rich though predominantly somber. Harmonically wandering in its earlier stages, the music becomes more explicitly tonal as the concerto progresses, due to the incorporation of a fragment of Grieg that becomes more important in a central interlude of stability and calm. Herma (an Icelandic word implying a monologue of some weight or importance), also consists of an unbroken cello line, accompanied by textural background material from the orchestra, mostly somewhat independent of the material presented by the soloist, who unquestionably carries the main weight of the argument. Truls Mørk (cello), Scottish Chamber Orchestra; John Storgårds.