Friday, April 4, 2014

Til lukku, Sunleif

International record review (Ivan Moody) hevur ummælt fløguna Motion/Emotion við tónleiki hjá Sunleif Rasmussen og tað ljóðar sum ummælarin er hugtikin av hugtølandi, løgna og dragandi tónleikinum hjá Sunleif Rasmussen, ið verður lýstur at hava ein sera originalan hugsunarhátt. Fløgan var innstillað, men megnaði ikki at vinna FMA, hetta skuldi tó verið góður uggi, til lukku, Sunleif.

The final movement of Motion/Emotion, the most recent work here, is in fact a fine demonstration of Rasmussen’s rhythmic writing, which Friis describes, quite rightly, as ‘pulsating’. For real excitement, though, one must turn to Four Gardens, from 2003. This is a magnificently unpredictable work, full of colour, energy and atmosphere. It’s actually extremely difficult to describe Rasmussen’s music, because it simply doesn’t really sound like anything else. It’s melodious but rhythmically assertive and sometimes angular (this is perhaps most evident in the three duets from the Andalag series recorded here), enjoys repetition but is very far from being minimal, and evinces a huge interest in texture (Four Gardens, Vetrarmyndir).
Certainly the outstanding performances here, under the masterly hand of John Storgards, seem to be the result of the Lapland musicians genuinely enjoying the music. For me, the most fascinating works areFour Gardens and the earlier Vetrarmyndir for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano, written in 1990, in which Rasmussen summons all his skill to create weird, haunting atmospheres; but all this music, created by a very original mind indeed, is worth listening to.

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