More Songs for Soprano and Tenor

New song cycle by Thorvaldur Gylfason set to poems by Kristján Hreinsson

More Songs for Soprano and Tenor are a song cycle by Professor Thorvaldur Gylfason, set for voice and piano to poems by poet philosopher Kristján Hreinsson. The songs are a celebration of longing, sorrow and happiness, will and hope, love, life, and art. They are a continuation of the cycle Sixteen Songs for Soprano and Tenor. Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir soprano, Elmar Gilbertsson tenor, and Snorri Sigfús Birgisson piano prepare to premiere the song cycle at Hannesarholt in Reykjavík 2022. The poet will briefly introduce each song. The poetry will be projected onto a screen behind the stage. (An English translation of the poetry will soon be posted here.) The performance will take about 90 minutes, and will be recorded for television. Sample from Sixteen Songs: Music of the Heart.
Kristján HreinssonKristján Hreinsson is a poet, composer, singer, and philosopher. His works include nearly 70 published books, mostly poetry, in addition to several novels and plays as well as music discs where he performs his own music and lyrics.
Thorvaldur Gylfason has composed more than 100 songs, including Seventeen Sonnets on the Philosophy of the Heart, Songs of Soaring Birds, Seven Psalms as well as Sixteen Songs for Soprano and Tenor, all set to poetry by Kristján Hreinsson. The Sonnets were performed in Harpa 2012 og 2013, the Birdsongs in Salurinn in Kópavogur 2014 as well as on Icelandic State Television in 2020 and 2021, and the Psalms in Langholtskirkja 2014 as well as in Guðríðarkirkja 2015. He also composed Five Seasons, set to poems by Snorri Hjartarson and performed in Hannesarholt in Reykjavík in 2017 and on Icelandic State Television in 2021. His Italian Songbook, set to poems by Kristján Hreinsson translated into Italian by Olga Clausen, will be premiered in Iceland and Italy in 2021 and 2022.  Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir has sung several operatic roles on stage, at the Icelandic Opera as well as abroad, and has also performed with symphony orchestras, including the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra on several occasions. Recently, she has given several concerts with German, French, and Nordic lieder in addition to premieres of Icelandic songs. On her CD Í ást sólar (Loved by the Sun) she performs Icelandic songs with Árni Heimir Ingólfsson piano. She received the Icelandic Music Award in 2013 as female vocalist of the year for the role of Michaëla in Bizet´s Carmen at the Icelandic Opera.
Elmar Gilbertsson has sung several operatic roles at home and abroad, especially in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as in France, Germany, and elsewhere. He was awarded the Gríma Prize in 2014 as Singer of the Year for the role of Daði Halldórsson in the opera Ragnheiður by Gunnar Þórðarson at the Icelandic Opera, and again in 2016 for the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart´s Don Giovanni. He was also awarded the Icelandic Music Prize in 2014 as Singer of the Year in the area of classical and modern music and again in 2017 for the role of Lensky in Tchaikovsky´s Eugene Onegin at the Icelandic Opera. He is based at Staatsoper Stuttgart in Germany.

PROGRAM

1.     Að lifa er að gefa

2.     Augnablikin læðast

3.     Baðmurinn blíði

4.     Dans fiðrildanna

5.     Einn tónn

6.     Einsemdin opnar gáttir

7.     Fótspor á farvegi tímans

8.     Garður gæskunnar

9.     Harpa hjartans

10.   Hjartað

11.   Hjartalag

12.   Hljóðar bænir

13.   Jökullinn

14.   Laun lífsins

15.   Ljóðið um veginn

16.   Ný mynd af þér

17.   Orðspor

18.   Ritstjóri ljóðviljans

19.   Þá veistu það

20.   Þrá

21.   Þrjár spurningar

 

PictureSnorri Sigfús Birgisson is among Iceland´s most accomplished pianists, and is also a prolific composer. His works include concerts for soloist and orchestra, chamber works, electronic music, choral works, symphonic works, and songs. His works are available on a number of CD and LP recordings. He prepared the sixteen songs for the two singers.

HLJÓÐAR BÆNIR (Silent Prayers)

Ég leiði þig frá haustsins köldu klóm
og kossar mínir snerta þig að nýju,
því þannig verður ást þín einsog blóm
sem alltaf þarfnast birtu, skjóls og hlýju.
Þú veist, ég færði þér forðum
fegurð mína í orðum,
þau öðlast núna yndislegan hljóm.

Af hreinni alúð ávallt verðum við
að vernda blómið; stöngul, blöð og rætur
er dreyminn hugur finnur skjól og frið
í faðmi ástar; langar, kaldar nætur.
Ég finn í tali og tónum
töfraljósið frá snjónum;
er orð mín hljóma eftir langa bið.

Er sálar minnar bjarmi birtist þér
þín blíða fagnar tímans þunga straumi
því þér er ljóst að kærleikskenndin er,
í kyrrð míns hjarta, bundin þínum draumi.
Á meðan sálin þín sefur,
og sælan örmum þig vefur

úr vitund þinni vorið aldrei fer.

 

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