Saga Symphony Product Information
Saga Symphony by Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Leifs / Vanska was released Oct 24, 1995 on the Bis label.
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|1||Sinfonia I (Saga Symphony) Op. 26: Skarphedeinn|
|2||Sinfonia I (Saga Symphony) Op. 26: Gudrun Osvifrsdottir|
|3||Sinfonia I (Saga Symphony) Op. 26: Bj√∂rn ad baki Kara|
|4||Sinfonia I (Saga Symphony) Op. 26: Glamr og Grettir|
|5||Sinfonia I (Saga Symphony) Op. 26: Totmodr Kolbrunarskald|
Saga Symphony Customer Reviews
Mmm - if you restrict your view of this recording to the previous review you will miss out on a fantastic piece of music. It is "robust" to say the least, but all the better for it. A remarkable statement which I listened to repeatedly when I first downloaded purchased the disc. I suppose it really isn't for those who prefer their music to be pretty and balanced. This is raw and real stuff! Buy it.
By Tim (London)
||A symphony in name only|
According to the notes, Leifs got the idea for this so-called symphony on the night of the premiere of his organ concerto, after most of the audience walked out on it before it was over. No surprise there. If I had paid to hear this symphony I would have walked out after the first movement. The whole first movement is nothing more than one loud crash after another - hammer blows they called them in the review I read. As for the other movements - long drawn out single notes punctuated with more loud crashes. Big deal. If you're into this sort of stuff, fine, the playing and recording are flawless, but what's the point! It has no musical value. Usually when I encounter this type of 'music' I chalk it up to 'symphonic doodling'. For this 'symphony' I coin a new term: 'symphonic stuttering'.
By a reviewer (Newmarket, Ont., Canada)
That symphony was quite surprising to me. This is not a conventionnal symphony but this is a very great piece of music and its merits a great place in the audience. That kind of music is for souls. Expressiveness is so great. This is how you recognize a great piece of music.
By christian.huot ("Mercier, QC, Canada")
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