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4.0 out of 5 stars Sailing, not sinking, 14 July 2012
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This review is from: Leyfdu Ljosinu (Audio CD)
Leyfdu Ljosinu follows the wonderful 'Without sinking' album by this Icelandic cellist which since it came out in 2009 has become a solid favourite of mine. Hildur Gudnadottir displays a sensibility of sound texture and structure which becomes absorbing given time; obviously she is a fine instrumentalist as well. The recording quality is excellent. It is contemplative music you can be lost in - but do not read that as bland, new age etc. This is as close to thoughtful, emotional, contemporary classical as you can get without danger of it being the remote austere academic exercise contemporary classical can often be. It has a soul. There is multi layering of her cello and subtle electronics woven in here with ethereal vocals (used as instrumentation); the piece builds (or perhaps floats) to a climax from virtually nothing and whereas I initially thought this could go further, reflection shows her musical judgement to be spot on. A piece destined to be listened to over and over, all the while finding more to listen for. Stunning.
It should find appreciation from those who enjoy a variety of similarly soulful musical journeying - whether that be by Arvo Part or Ufomammut - don't be hidebound by musical genres!
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Leyfdu Ljosinu by Hildur Guðnadóttir (Audio CD - 2012)
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