100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Daníel Bjarnason: Processions (Bedroom Community, 2/1/10)

Daníel Bjarnason: “Bow to String I: Sorrow Conquers Happiness”
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Best known as a conductor and arranger for indie groups such as Sigur Rós, composer Daníel Bjarnason also holds a lofty classical résumé. Processions, his proper debut, is, at many points, a challenging classical work.  Powerful cellos scale and race with crackling percussions before settling into gently bowed and pizzicato string accompaniments; easily half a dozen strings battle for dominance in a sorrowful, harmonic piece that resonates long after hearing it.  Undoubtedly, Processions is a daring and original debut.

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