Haflidi Hallgrimsson-7 Epigrams & Offerto

Posted on January 26th, 2010 by


Haflidi Hallgrimsson (Right) and David Matthews.Edinburgh 2003

Haflidi Hallgrimsson

I have been privileged to work with the great Icelandic composer and cellist Haflidi Hallgrimsson for many years. In 2004, I premiered his 4 Klee Sketches  in Mexico, and Neil Heyde and I have given countless performances of his fabulous 7 Epigrams. Here is an extract, recorded in concert in London in 2001-a sample of his astounding musical palette and extraordinary lyricism.

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(Violin-Stradivari 1734-‘Habeneck’ Collection of the Royal Academy of Music)

In 1996, I recorded his Offerto  for solo violin. This recording is now unavailable. So here it is :

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Written in Sand

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Lines without words

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The Flight of Time

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Almost a Hymn

Recorded 1995. (Violin-Stradivari 1718 ‘Maurin’ -Collection of the Royal Academy of Music)

Detail from ‘Pierrot Lunaire’ – Haflidi Hallgrimsson 1965