Geir Inge Lotsberg

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Skref fyrir skref and Fleiri skref are two artful and imaginative pieces that are related to each other. The composer is daring enough to express himself in simple terms. As they share “step” and “steps” in their titles, the works invite the listener to consider movement. The pieces also share a distinctive, nearly covert, polyphonic quality. My first encounter with Sigurbjörnsson’s music was in the early 1990s when, as a member of the Oslo String Quartet, I participated in recording his quartet “Heimsókn” (Visit). When I searched for new pieces for solo violin these two turned up, and like “Heimsókn”, they have fascinated me ever since. Bjørn Kruse talks about his piece: “Månedans was commissioned by Stig Nilsson, and had its premiere at Ullensvang Church during the Hardanger Music Festival on 1 June, 2001. The concert took place at midnight, when the moon was full (or nearly full…). That’s where the title came from, because I knew when I composed the piece that it would be performed at that time. It had to have a certain magical quality. The summer night. Steep cliffs plunging into the fjord. The moon reflecting off the water and dancing on the waves.” A version of Månedans for violin and piano also exists, and this is what forms the basis for the violin concerto Nostos. I got to know Nostos very well when I produced a recording of the work. The essence of this piece’s mood made an impression on me, and it wouldn’t let go. From that starting point I began to study Månedans and prepare to perform and later record it. I have been thinking about this piece for many years, have gone back and forth as to how to interpret it, and now finally feel confident about the musical choices I have made. Geir Inge Lotsberg Recorded at Kampen kirke in Oslo, November 7, 2016. Recorded by Geoff Miles. Edited by Geir Inge Lotsberg. Design by ERIK(SEN).
1. Skref fyrir skref (Step by step) 00:05:19 1.00 USD
Main artist Geir Inge Lotsberg
Composer Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson
Producers Geoff Miles
Publishers ITM
2. Fleiri skref (More steps) 00:06:33 1.00 USD
Main artist Geir Inge Lotsberg
Composer Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson
Producers Geoff Miles
Publishers IMT
3. Månedans (Moondance) 00:11:02 1.30 USD
Main artist Geir Inge Lotsberg
Composer Bjørn H. Kruse
Producers Geoff Miles
Publishers NB