HALFIDI HALLGRÍMSSON (b.1941): Fley, Sketches in Time, Bagatelles, 5 Pieces, 10 Pieces, 4 Icelandic Folksongs, Homage to Mondrian.
Catalogue Number: 01K093
Description: Hallgrímsson's piano music - a relatively small,but characteristic part of his output - consists mainly of brief, characterful epigrammatic miniatures. Some of the sets of pieces have some didactic intent, though even here the composer's sense of atmosphere and mood is striking; this is given full rein in works that either employ folk material, or sound as though they do. Even when attempting exercises in serialism, under the tutelage of Maxwell Davies, Hallgrímsson's tendencies toward tonal harmony are irrepressible. The Homage to Mondrian contains the most technically ambitious piano writing, with an impressionistic use of tone color and striking use of piano resonance; as with all the other pieces there is an exemplary clarity of line and texture. Simon Smith (piano).