Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir, who played on
Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK (1999),
penned the evocative vignettes of
Mount A (12 Tonar, 2006 - Touch, 2010), credited to
Lost in Hildurness, and
Without Sinking (Touch, 2009),
accompanying her voice with an arsenal of chamber instruments
(cello, viola da gamba, zither, piano, vibraphone, percussion).
The ten-minute tinkling, dreamy You and the angelic singsong Reflection on the former and
the gothic Unveiled on the latter are her first major achievements.
The ambitious, sumptuous 35-minute title-track of
Leyfdu Ljosinu (Touch, 2012) for cello, voice and electronics was
recorded live in the studio with no edits or overdubs, and stands out
as a graceful example of intricate undulating vocal minimalist repetition
that morphs into an ocean of placid waves before (about 15 minutes into the
piece) the cello finally rises up, like a night storm, but then reaches a
melancholy requiem-like state. The ending is, however, propulsive, evoking
the image of marching masses, as if a new energy sprung out of all that
Pan Tone (Sonic Pieces, 2011) documents an ethereal and fragile
Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann).
possibly the best of her many collaborative albums
that also include Good Sounds (2005) with Dirk "Schneider TM" Dresselhaus,
and End Of Summer (2015) with Johann Johannsson
Saman (2014) contains the neoclassical singsong Strokur.
She scored the soundtracks for
Sicario - Day Of The Soldado (2018) and
Mary Magdalene (2018), and achieved worldwide fame with the
soundtracks for Todd Phillips' film Joker (2019) and the
TV miniseries Chernobyl (2019).
The single Folk Faer Andlit/ People get Faces (2020)
is a moving minimalist madrigal dedicated to the world's refugees.
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