Sunleif Rasmussen: Dancing Raindrops
01 June 2011
Davids Review Corner
Born in the Faroe Islands, you will be experiencing a spectrum of new
sounds from Sunleif Rasmussen
often based on his collection of local
Born in 1961 he became a student at the Royal Danish
Academy in Copenhagen, and there he came into contact with the latest
sounds, particularly those generated by electronics that play an
important role in the Suite for Guitar
and the piano piece, Like The Golden Sun.
booklet informs that the songs he has collected are broken down and
refashioned in modern garb. I would add that it is a ‘very modern garb'
the sounds of guitar and effect processor in the Suite are stimulating,
while the short Andalag
finds something new for two flutes. Where he and I come together is in the final work, Mozaik/Miniature,
he uses music from his first symphony, and with four instruments-flute,
clarinet, violin and piano-he has so much more scope to employ his very
fertile creativity. The performances come from Aldubaran, a group of 14
musicians formed in the Faroe Islands to promote their national music.
It can, as here, be broken down into segments, and they are highly
impressive. Try Dancing Raindrops
for clarinet, violin and piano to get a comprehensive feel of the disc. Very up-front sound.