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Newly written symphonic song cycle about a female figure transcending time and space

Still from film by RAMMATIK (Rannvá Káradóttir & Marianna Mørkøre)

Newly written symphonic song cycle about a female figure transcending time and space

On 1 April 2022, the first recording of BEINTA, written by Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð and Allan Gravgaard Madsen is to be released.

New release
18 March 2022

BEINTA is an evocative symphonic song cycle for voice and symphony orchestra, written by the two composers Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð and Allan Gravgaard Madsen. The work is now being released in a first recording by Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð, conducted by Andreas Delfs. 

A female figure transcending time and space

The composers found inspiration for BEINTA in the story of the 18th century legendary femme fatale Beinta from the Faroe Islands. During her own age, she was notorious for her complex, contrastive nature, which was as untamed and unpredictable as the harsh nature of the Faroe Islands around her.

The work has been named after Beinta, but for Egilstrøð and Madsen she contains and represents many different women in a single figure. A multi-layered female figure that moves freely across time and space.

Changeable landscapes

Darkness and changeability are the foundation stone of the work of the two composers. The 40-minute work is made up of seven songs with texts in Faroese and English, about unrest, desire, love, sorrow, loss – a vibrating landscape.

While the voice is narrating on the basis of various moods, the orchestra paints a picture of both an earthly landscape and a landscape of the mind. Just as the Faroese weather, it can suddenly shift from light to darkness or from the inviting to the menacing. LIke the North Atlantic nature, the landscape of sound is brittle, desolate and minutely changeable. 

An untraditional collaboration

The two composers have, highly untraditionally, written the score together, and with characteristics from both art pop, classical music and electronic music the work testifies to a meeting between two different artistic backgrounds and musical ‘tool kits’ which, combined, are able to enhance the compelling narrative.

Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð & Allan Gravgaard Madsen

The Faroese artist Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð studied electronic composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. She works cross-genre and has composed works for ensembles, such as Århus Sinfonietta, Vocal Group Concert Clemens, Njyd and CRAS. As a singer, she has toured 25 countries with, among others, the acclaimed folktronica group Valravn.

Danish composer Allan Gravgaard Madsen studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. His works have been performed by ensemble recherche, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Duo Åstrand / Salo, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, and more. He has received Talent Prizes from Léonie Sonning’s Music Fond and the Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s Grant and work grants from the Danish Arts Foundation. He is composer-in-residence with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra until 2024.

You can already now pre-save the album to your preferred streaming service and get a taste of the work in this album trailer video below. 

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