Another new unaccompanied gem from OUP is Thorkell Sigurbjornsson's Maruikvaethi (Hymn to Mary), which has a beautifully evocative Nordic atmosphere . . . To those who have yet to explore Iceland's unique contribution to contemporary choral music, the Hymn to Mary would be a good starting point, not least because any audience or congregation will be beguiled by the icily-transparent soundworld. * Peter Dale, Choir and Organ July 06 * Not very much choral music from Iceland finds its way into print in the UK, which is a pity, to judge from Thorkell Sigurbjornsson's delightful short anthem Hymn to Mary . . . Scored for SATBB choir with soprano soloist, this lilting, rhythmically irregular number alternates two lyrical sections, one coolly modal for the basses and soprano solo alone, and the other for all voices, warmer and more harmonic in an idiom that recalls Sibelius or Tormis.
There is a full guide to the Icelandic pronunciation, though if that looks like too much of a challenge, there is also a translation into English that would be effective sung. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer June 06 *show more