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Sunleif Rasmussen   (Born 1961)

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Faroese Sunleif Rasmussen was born on Sandoy – ‘the sand island’ – in 1961. In terms of his own priorities, the stress on the nationality is important if one wants to approach his music and understand his background. At all events the Faroese aspect – the colonial history, the yearning for freedom, the language, the songs and the culture – fills most of the self-portrait that he put into writing in 2002 when he received the greatest recognition ever afforded a Faroese composer: the Nordic Council’s Music Prize for the symphony Oceanic Days.

Sunleif Rasmussen’s musical idiom is also Faroese, according to the man himself, but not if you simply listen to the music. Deep within the structure lie traces of old Faroese songs which Rasmussen has collected, broken down and rebuilt into a modern store of musical material. Material that one can quite reasonably say is both his own and new – but which at the same time has a relationship with tradition and history. The Faroese landscape, however, seems far more of a presence in Rasmussen’s music.

His youth in Sandoy with the omnipresent Atlantic, the dunes, the lyme-grass and the gales – perhaps not unlike the conditions on the west coast of Jutland in the autumn – seems to explain much of the highly sensual musical experience one can get out of Sunleif Rasmussen’s music.

He has written orchestral works, chamber music, solo pieces, electroacoustic works for tape and for live electronics as well as a great deal of choral music. In 1992 he received grants from the Leonnie Sonning Foundation as well as the Danish Composer's Society. In 1997 he was awarded a three-year grant from Danish State Arts Foundation, and in 2002 he was awarded the Nordic Council's Music Prize. In 2004 he was visiting composer at the prestiguous Korsholm Festival in Finland and in 2011 he was awarded the distinguished Farosean Culture Prize ‘Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins’.

Live Dates

01/11/2016   Listen: New official anthem for the Nordic countries
‘The Nordic Hymn’ is premiered at the Nordic Council Prize Awards tonight and will be the official anthem at cultural events in the Nordic countries. Listen to it now.
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22/10/2013   New video: Early & Late - Gáman
View the video trailer for the trio Gáman's soon-to-be-released debut album "Early & Late" which combines traditional folk tunes from Greenland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands with new works by Danish composers.
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05/09/2013   Lapland Chamber Orchestra present new CD on Dacapo
Lapland Chamber Orchestra and John Storgårds present a new CD with music by the Faorese composer Sunleif Rasmussen
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01/12/2016   Classica

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
3/4 Stars

"Conductor John Storgårds, a zealous herald of contemporary North-European music, knows how to captivate the Helsinki Philharmonic and the choirs, bringing them to a rare degree of accomplishment."
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30/11/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 The Eart Anew
4/6 Stars

"Monumental in ambition and structure, this work is for all the curious music lovers, who are not afraid to explore uncharted symphonic waters."
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20/10/2016   Politiken

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
4/6 Hjerter

"et mørkt mammutopus, hvor orkestret knager og brager som tektoniske plader, der forskyder sig, mens musikken pibler som vand, og dybe toner slår ind i undersøiske grotter"
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30/09/2016   David’s Review Corner

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN Symfoni nr. 2 The Earth Anew
"[..]another major success."
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26/09/2016   Seismograf

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
"Det er tydeligt at høre, at Rasmussen ikke blot behersker orkestrets mange klangmuligheder, men også er godt skolet i det 20. århundredes symfoniske tradition og formår at videreføre denne på fin vis mange steder."
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06/05/2014   Audiophile Audition

Early & Late
"In her charming, highly informative liner notes, Trine Boje Mortensen traces how the folk music intertwines with the new."
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14/03/2014   MusicWeb International

Early & Late
"The sounds and general concept behind this project are unique and captivating [...] Everything is beautifully recorded and enthusiastically and brilliantly performed [...] A brilliant idea."
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12/03/2014   International Record Review

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
"Magnificently unpredictable work, full of colour, energy and atmosphere."
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01/03/2014   Gramophone

Early & Late
"The disc offers a highly distinctive concept and timbral palette, and it is beautifully recorded."
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27/02/2014   Audiophile Audition

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
3/5 Stars

"intriguing to listen."
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25/02/2014   Classica

Sunleif Rasmussen: Motion/Emotion - Kammermusik
3/4 Stars

"Les membres de l'Orchestre de chambre de Laponie, excellement motivés par John Storgårds (...) méneront sans heurt Tauditeur à dépasser frontières et habitudes."
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17/01/2014   Gramophone

Sunleif Rasmussen: Motion/Emotion
"Superb performances throughout from Lapland Chamber Orchestra players, with Dacapo’s standard excellent sound."
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18/10/2013   Jyllands-Posten

SUNLEIF RASMUSSEN: Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
4/6 Stars

"Sunleif Rasmussen er allerede så betagende en turbine af naturskildringer, at det virker ekstra stærkt, når folkemelodierne dukker op i hans fintmaskede tonenet."
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01/10/2011   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Sunleif Rasmussen: Dancing Raindrops
"It will no doubt be appreciated by any enthusiast of modern chamber music and it sets expectations for longer works to come. Highly recommended."
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05/08/2011   OPUS

Sunleif Rasmussen: Dancing Raindrops
4/6 Stars

"Sunleif möter mig på bron, vi skakar hand och dricker ett krus mjöd tillsammans ... Tonen är fortfarande karg och abstrakt, men inte frånvänd"
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01/06/2011   Davids Review Corner

Sunleif Rasmussen: Dancing Raindrops
"I would add that it is a ‘very modern garb' ... highly impressive"
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18/03/2011   Politiken

Sunleif Rasmussen: String against string
"Lytter man til cd’en ’String Against String’ med strygerværker fra 2007, forstår man. Det river og rusker og kulminerer helt vildt – og pludselig pakker Rasmussen lyden ned i eftertænksomhed eller folder den ud i lysende varme."
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17/02/2005   Politiken

Dif:rq!
4/6 Hjerter

”Frounbergs 'Saxo' er vild og spændende musik, der med en intenst ekspressiv … atmosfære arbejder sig cyklisk gennem forskellige tempi og saxofontyper - en fascinerende energi”
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Discography

Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
Symphony No. 2 The Earth Anew
Sunleif Rasmussen

CD 8.226175 (2016)

Early & Late
Early & Late
Various

SACD 6.220640 (2013)

Nordic folk music and contemporary avant-garde meet in a unique combination of violin, recorder and accordion

Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
Motion/Emotion - Chamber Music
Sunleif Rasmussen

SACD 6.220643 (2013)

Dancing Raindrops
Dancing Raindrops
Sunleif Rasmussen

CD 8.226567 (2011)

Five solo and chamber works combining echoes of traditional Faroese folk music with Baroque structures and electronically manipulated sounds

String against string
String against string
Sunleif Rasmussen

CD 8.226044 (2007)

The prizewinning Violin Concerto no. 1 and two string quartets by the leading composer of the Faroe

Orchestral Works
Orchestral Works
Sunleif Rasmussen

SACD 6.220506 (2005)

First symphony by a Faroese composer – winner of the Nordic Council’s Music Prize

Dif:rq!
Dif:rq!
Frounberg, Hørsving, Teglbjærg, Olsen, Rasmussen

CD 8.226515 (2004)

The French cult phenomenon Meta Duo plays new works for electronics and saxophone

Six Works for Saxophone and Percussion
Six Works for Saxophone and Percussion
DuoDenum

CD 8.226504 (2004)

Brand new repertoire for the imaginative combination percussion and saxophone

Harp & Computer. Electro Acustic Music from DIEM III
Harp & Computer. Electro Acustic Music from DIEM III

CD 8.224113 (1999)

Works by among others Sunleif Rasmussen and Ivar Frounberg written for the Chilean harpist Sofia Asuncion Claro


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