Viktor Orri Árnason: Eilífur

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Label: PentaTone
Catalog: PTC5186950

Harðarson, Árni; Hreinsson, Bjarmi; Glotman, Yair Elazar; Aguilera, Carlos Caro; Árnason, Viktor Orri; Karlsson, Guðmundur Vignir; Fóstbræður Male Choir; Arnarson, Örn; Þórólfsson, Hafsteinn; Ásbjarnarson, Aron Steinn; Baumann, Stefan; Helgason, Grímur; Bernharðsson, Stefán Jón; Þorbergsson, Sigurður; Budapest Art Orchestra; Friðfinnsson, Emil; Arason, Örn Ýmir; Skúlason, Benedikt Smári; Ognibene, Jósef; Kristjánsson, Benedikt

Eilífur (Eternal) is Icelandic contemporary composer Viktor Orri Árnason’s solo debut and first PENTATONE album, on which the prospect of living forever is contemplated. Sparked by the realisation that medical advances will soon eradicate death by natural causes, Eilífur weaves together a lucid, near-future narrative via a combination of abstract Icelandic lyrics and adept musical storytelling. The scope and scale of Eilífur is reflected in the extremes of its sound, which moves seamlessly from intimate strings and sombre voices to grand orchestral gestures and vast drones. Eilífur explores what life will be like in the absence of death’s ticking clock. Staying clear of the morbidity that such themes may imply, Eilífur is above all a celebration of life as we know it, and an ode to the things that make it worth living. Viktor composed, produced and mixed the album at his Berlin studio over the course of two years. The studio was a hub of experimentation with a community of outstanding award-winning composers and musicians, including Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Dustin O'Halloran, Rutger Hoedemaekers, Gunnar Örn Tynes and Yair Elazar Glotman. Eilífur is a statement, a first glimpse of Viktor’s outstanding abilities as a composer, conductor, instrumentalist, producer and mixing engineer; an ambitious album which puts him in the spotlight after many years working behind the scenes.

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