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Episode 1.7 – Anna Thorvaldsdottir



Special guest: Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Deep Cut: Rued Langgaard – Music of the Spheres

On episode 1.7 we talk to composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir about her work In the Light of Air, which will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble at the upcoming Big Ears Festival. We also discuss the music scene in her homeland of Iceland.

Our Deep Cut is Rued Langgaard‘s Music of the Spheres, a stunning work for orchestra and choir that was about fifty years ahead of its time.

Episode 1.7 Sponsor – Innova Recordings

Our sponsor for this episode is Innova Recordings, founded in 1982 by what is now the American Composers Forum. Innova is based out of St Paul, Minnesota, and they specialize in the music of innovative contemporary composers; in fact, they released the debut album from our guest, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, which is titled Rhizoma. Visit innova.mu to learn more about Innova and their catalog, and also check out the American Composers Forum at composersforum.org.

 

Purchase links for featured Innova Recordings releases:.

American Canvas
(Dolce Suono Trio)

Arkiv Music
Amazon
iTunes

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Rhizoma
(Caput Ensemble; Justin DeHart; Iceland Symphony; Daniel Bjarnason)

Arkiv Music
Amazon
iTunes

Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble: Return
(Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble; Bill Ryan)

Arkiv Music
Amazon
iTunes

 

Explore Further

There are three ways that you can hear the music featured on this episode.

1. Purchase it on Arkiv Music, iTunes, Amazon, or most other online music stores. This has the most benefit for those who made the album happen.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: In the Light of Air
(ICE – International Contemporary Ensemble)


Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
(Thomas Dausgard; Danish National Symphony & Chorus)

 

 

2. Stream it in Naxos Music Library. Your university, public library, or symphony orchestra likely offers it to members. If not, let them know you are interested. NML pays out streaming royalties at a much higher per-stream rate than any other streaming service. We’re talking multiple pennies per stream, not tiny fractions of a cent like other streaming services. They also have a large selection of playlists for further discovery.

Access Naxos Music Library through your institution. There should be a link on their website, usually alongside other online databases or media sites. In most cases you can even google the institution name along with “Naxos Music Library” and it will come right up. It’s a couple steps to find it the first time, but then you can bookmark it for easy access.

You can search for the albums using any related criteria, but the most direct way to find them is by searching for the specific catalog number given to it by the record label. These are:

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: In the Light of Air
(ICE – International Contemporary Ensemble)

DSL-92192

 

 

Rued Langgaard: Music of the Spheres
(Thomas Dausgard; Danish National Symphony & Chorus)

6.220535

 

 

Also, the players embedded on this page are from NML, and all tracks streamed in these players pay out at the higher NML rates.

3. Stream it in Spotify or Apple Music. Spotify and Apple Music only pay out a tiny fraction of a cent per stream, and they’re not really designed to make classical music easy to find. But if the above two options aren’t available to you, and you want to hear more than is included in the players embedded above, Spotify or Apple Music is the way to go. And if you want to explore further, check out the playlists in either site presented by unCLASSIFIED.com.

Naxos music included in this episode is used courtesy of Naxos Licensing. Visit NaxosLicensing.com to learn more about using music in your project, no matter how big or small.

Image of Anna Thorvaldsdottir created by Saga Sigurdardottir.

Our theme music comes from Elisabetta Brusa’s Symphony No. 1: III. Allegro moderato.

NML search: 8.573437


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