HALFIDI HALLGRÍMSSON (b.1941): Notes from a Diary for Viola and Piano, Op. 33, 7 Epigrams for Violin and Cello, Op. 23, Metamorphoses for Piano Trio, Op. 16.
Catalogue Number: 01K092
Description: These very personal chamber works relate directly to the composer's experiences or extramsical influences; a visit to the Anne Frank museum; his discovery of Soviet-era poets and their lives and art, and an in memoriam for a colleague. Not surprisingly, these serious subjects lead to music of intensity and eloquence. The composer's background as a string player is reflected in the sure-footed craftsmanship with which he addresses the instruments; a variety of advanced technical demands are made of the players, with complete assurance and without undermining the strong sense of tonality which binds even the more dissonant and complex passages of music together in a cohesive and coherent discourse. Fidelio Trio, Matthew Jones (viola).