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Hymns to the Night [Import]

Tommie Haglund , None Audio CD

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1. Hymn to the Night - Various Performers
2. Voice Daughter - Various Performers
3. To the Sunset Breeze - Various Performers

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5.0 out of 5 stars A disc of the year this year and any year 20 Oct 2010
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
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Once in a while a disc or a performance or a composer comes along which completely blows you away. THIS disc ticks all three of those boxes; truly remarkable music stunningly performed and lovingly produced. For sure everyone is welcome to their opinion but I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. Aside from its many other qualities the ONE main thing I take from all three works here but the violin concerto in particular is the sheer humanity of its expression. This is a work of the 21st century for sure but one that takes the listener on a journey of remarkable human revelation - phenomenal playing from all the musicians but Pitcairn is especially fine performing with stunning technique and emotional focus. Likewise the vocal work "Daughter of the Voice" features singing of coruscating power aided by phenomenal playing of astonishing virtuosity and commitment. This is a work that transcends time and place and speaks with a universal voice about loss and pain and redemptive love. Tommie Haglund is touched by genius - I use the phrase neither lightly or flippantly. For anyone interested in how post-modern music can communicate in a real and relevant and emotionally compelling way this is a must purchase. Any future works from any of these artists and most especially Tommie Haglund are eagerly awaited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great composer from Sweden 3 Nov 2010
By Dagfinn Koch - Published on Amazon.com
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Tommie Haglund is a great composer. His craftsmanship is very good. I really knows the violin in and out. I bought the score to "Hymnen an die Nacht", and it is relay great reading. Haglund is into Swedenborg, and I like that also. Check out his homepages [...] And buy the record.
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and Fascinating 6 July 2012
By Ronald Gold - Published on Amazon.com
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Each of the three works on this disc, by contemporary Swedish composer Tommie Haglund, is marvelously atmospheric, and every moment of it is fascinating to listen to. My problem with it is certainly not that it is too cerebral; rather, I couldn't get a handle on the structure of each piece. Did it actually have a beginning and an end? I don't mind such open-endedness in a minimalist or pure-sound work, but this stuff is too romantic in approach to just drift on and off. I'm betting that the shapes will emerge on repeated hearing, and that I might then be tempted to award an extra star. Meanwhile I mustn't forget a bravo for violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You gotta love cerebral music 2 Oct 2010
By Pekinman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have two degrees in classical music performance from two very fine American conservatories. I have played a lot of contemporary music, most of it highly avant-garde and unlistenable in my opinion but that is the nature of academic composition. Tommie Haglund, a rural Swedish man just turned 50, is clearly a cut above the university cognoscenti. His is a lucid mind seeking the mysteries of existence, nothing wrong with that, I am simpatico with him there, and he isn't awash in the praises of sycophantic students crouching at his feet as they do in college symposiums in professor's front rooms.
BUT, and this is my big but (to quote Pee Wee Herman in his Big Adventure), I am old enough now to admit that I prefer music with a heart.

There are plenty of other ways to feed the mind, with books, films, art, conversation etc. But, for me, music is in an entirely higher zone of Creation. The three pieces on this cd are beautifully crafted, thought out and interesting, up to a point. I was put in mind of the late English composer Robert Simpson, whose 9 symphonies and string quartets have long been benchmarks of modern European composition. Simpson's music is really rather amazing and I listened to some of those pieces for awhile until I realized that, like Arnold Schönberg's more arid compositions, these symphonies and string quartets left me dangling in a musical cyberspace. Haglund, who depends a little too much on loud, dissonant tone-clusters, leaves one in a similar place only less satisfied. It's all just so exclusively intellectual, and that gets tiresome after about 10 minutes.

The violin writing in Hymns to the Night is brilliant and it is magnificently executed by the American violinist Elizabeth PItcairn, playing the famous 'Red Mendelssohn' Stradivarius. I admit that I bought this cd almost as much from a desire to hear that instrument close up as for any other reason. I'd like to hear it, and Miss Pitcairn, in the Sibelius Concerto rather than Haglund's type of music. Violinists should like this work if for no other reason than to enjoy Pitcairn's splendid performance.

The other two works on this cd involve chamber instrumentation and a couple of sopranos. They are the same in character as Hymns to the Night. I had listened to Philip Glass's opera Les Enfants Terribles prior to plopping the Haglund into the cd player. It's hard to beat Glass for a contemporary composer. Love him or hate him he has heart and his music is always compelling and very often quite moving. Glass has had some duds but not many. Anyway, compared to the Glass opera, scored for three pianos, Haglund's music pales by comparison.

Composition students will want to hear this cd because Haglund IS a fine composer, he's just not for me. About once every 2 or 3 years I stick my toe in the contemporary compositional waters and, aside from Philip Glass, who has been around quite awhile now, I have been disappointed.

Violinists, composers... get this cd. If you think there might be something new under the sun, as I had hoped, save your dollars and investigate further into Philip Glass for your modern consciousness fix.
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