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Three Icelanders in New York Times’ Top 25 of Classical Music

Three Icelandic musicians have made the New York Times’ list of Top 25 Classical Music Tracks for 2018.

Joshua Barone, one of the list’s coauthors, celebrates Víkingur Ólafsson as “a master of finding and exploiting unexpected pockets of musicality.” Víkingur’s interpretation of Bach’s Fugue in A minor was his favourite track from Bach: Solo Piano Works, an album that “offers an array of ways to consider Bach, including through transcriptions by the likes of Busoni and Rachmaninoff.”

Composer Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir’s haunting Loom from the album He(a)r was selected by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, who describes it as beginning “with a thin thread of sound that is patiently roughed up and smoothed out in ways that seem both generous and brittle, with the light seeming to enter right where the texture appears most broken.” Corinna notes that the full album, both composed and performed by women, will reward “[l]isteners equally equipped with patience and openness.”

The album AEQUA by Anna Þorvaldsdóttir (who records as Anna Thorvaldsdottir), takes listeners on a “tour of vivid sound worlds,” says Joshua Barone, at the core of which is Aequilibria. The composition is “a piece with rich contrast and surprising balance between spaciousness – conveyed through airy fifths – and knotty smallness.”

See the full list and listen to each of the tracks above here.

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