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Vernacular

“…USING SPACE, PITCH-BENDING, AND CONTRASTS IN DYNAMICS, TEMPO, AND TEXTURE TO INDUCE ENTRANCEMENT.” Textura.org

A curated album of Icelandic music for solo cello, much of it written for Sæunn, Vernacular is her first album on the Sono Luminus label. Pieces by Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Halldór Smárason, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Hafliði Hallgrímsson showcase a unique soundworld in intimate monologues.

 

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Anna’s Cadenza

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir has written Sæunn a brilliant new cadenza for Haydn’s D major concerto. The world premiere was on September 26th with the Iceland Symphony and Karina Cannellakis conducting. The performance was live on Icelandic Public Broadcasting System’s Radio 1 and you can listen here to the archival recording:

Cello Suites by Benjamin Britten

MASTERWORKS OF THE SOLO CELLO REPERTOIRE

For her debut album, Sæunn recorded the Three Suites for Solo Cello by Benjamin Britten on the Centaur Label. Inspired by the Bach Suites, Britten wrote these pieces for the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Sæunn discusses the first Britten Suite and plays a short excerpt.

 

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Bow to String by Daníel Bjarnason

“SÆUNN DUG INTO THE SOLO CELLO PART WITH GREAT FERVOR AND RECEIVED THE LOUDEST APPLAUSE OF THE EVENING.“ Allisyar.com

An award-winning piece in three parts, Bow to String was written for Sæunn in 2009. The piece is originally scored for many cellos and Sæunn recorded all of the parts at Greenhouse Studios in Iceland and released on Daníel’s album “Processions” on the Bedroom Community label in 2010. Since then, Sæunn has performed Bow to String as a cello concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and the Iceland Symphony among others.

An excerpt from a performance of Bow to String with the Iceland Symphony and Daníel Bjarnason conducting.