Swedish composer Lars Hallnäs has a strikingly personal voice. His music is on the one hand distinguished by great beauty: it is sensuous, often longing an retrospective in charachter. On the other hand, it is calculated, matter-of-fact, severe. His composed meditations on melodic and harmonic fragments thrive on this tension between the abstract and the melodic. The simple melody, the lone voice, the very character of the music, seems to hold a typically Nordic legacy in trust. On this portrait-CD violinist Anna Lindal, soprano Susanne Rydén and pianist Kristine Scholz present a number of works written especially for them.
Sommardagar – eight chorales for piano (1995) (15:32)
Augustidagar 96 – five meditations for violin and piano (1996) (12:22)
Die Sternseherin Lise – variations for violin on a text by Matthias Claudius (1998) (10:05)
När han vaknar en gång for soprano solo on a text by Erik Johan Stagnelius (1998) (6:35)
Wo der Wind den Steg umwehet for soprano, violin and piano, on a text by Friedrich Hölderlin (1998) (14:15)
All first recordings
Total time 59:44