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mine-is-yours

 

“Since our first recital as a duo at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2002, we have performed all kinds of music, for many different people, in several countries. All of our programmes, however, have included at least a few songs from Iceland and Spain –the music which always brings us back home. We have picked for this recital a selection of folk songs and art songs that in one way or another are very special to us. It is the music which perhaps best represents the work we have carried out together these past years. We recorded the programme for our first album together, Mine is Yours, released by 12 tónar. ” Guðrún and Javier.

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come-again-atlantic

Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrun Olafsdottir and Oxford-born Spanish classical guitarist Francisco Javier Jáuregui perform songs from countries connected to each other by the Atlantic Ocean. The programme includes Renaissance lute songs by Rosseter and Dowland such as the celebrated “Flow, My Tears”, Irish and British songs including “The Salley Gardens” and “She Moved Through the Fair”, Basque folk songs arranged by Jáuregui and Jón Ásgeirsson’s classic “Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu”.

“…the charming Icelandic mezzo Gudrún Ólafsdóttir, whose voice was certainly the most beautiful we heard.” (Stephen Pettitt, The Evening Standard)

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Duo Atlantica Programmes - European Folk Songs

Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrun Olafsdottir and Oxford-born Spanish classical guitarist Francisco Javier Jáuregui perform songs from countries connected to each other by the Atlantic Ocean. The programme includes Renaissance lute songs by Rosseter and Dowland such as the celebrated “Flow, My Tears”, Irish and British songs including “The Salley Gardens” and “She Moved Through the Fair”, Basque folk songs arranged by Jáuregui and Jón Ásgeirsson’s classic “Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu”.

“…the charming Icelandic mezzo Gudrún Ólafsdóttir, whose voice was certainly the most beautiful we heard.” (Stephen Pettitt, The Evening Standard)

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slaying-of-the-basques

Through folk songs and story-telling the Icelandic mezzo-soprano and Spanish classical guitarist Francisco Javier Jáuregui tell the adventures of a XVII century Basque whaler who sets on a perilous journey with his colleagues to hunt whales around Iceland. They get caught up in a storm which smashes their ship and leaves them at the mercy of starved and fearful Icelanders in the Western fjords who, led by the local sheriff Ari í Ögri, set out to slaughter the Basque intruders before they eat their food and steal their women.  The story is based on real events from the year 1615, often referred to as “The Slaying of the Basques”. The songs include Basque, Spanish, Icelandic and British folk songs.

“Gudrun J. Olafsdottir is a delight.” (Michael Darvell, What’s On)

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song-of-the-birds

 Spain’s composers -past and present- have dedicated a substantial part of their output to creating arrangements of folk music from all corners of Spain and to writing music inspired by folk traditions, so rich in rhythm, melody, harmony and expression. In this recital we include classic Spanish songs composed and arranged by Federico García Lorca, Graciano Tarragó, Joaquín Rodrigo, Moreno Torroba and new arrangements by Duo Atlantica’s guitarist Francisco Javier Jáuregui. One of this recital’s highlights is El cant dels ocells (The Song of the Birds), most likely Catalonia’s best loved folk song. It was made famous internationally by legendary cellist Pau Casals, who turned it into his signature encore and a symbol of freedom in his exile from the Spanish dictatorship. Today it has become for all Spaniards something of an anthem for solemn occasions, such as the memorial services for the Madrid Bombings in 2004. This new arrangement for voice and guitar was created as a tribute to Spanish writer and anthropologist José Antonio Jáuregui.

“The awarding of the Song Prize to the Icelandic mezzo Gudrún Ólafsdóttir was very good news: she showed herself a singer of high intelligence, feisty character and captivating vocal colour.” (Hilary Finch, The Sunday Times)

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icelandic

One of the extraordinary things that a first-time visitor to Iceland might encounter is the nation’s wealth of folk music and poetry. Perhaps these treasure came to life during long winter evening, when Icelanders couldn’t go outside because of the hostile weather, they were poor, had hardly any access to instruments, and so had to do with what nature and their country gave them; a voice and a language. Award-winning Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrun Olafsdottir leads the audience through this journey alternating song with story-telling, all with the intimate accompaniment of the classical guitar. This programme offers the listener the opportunity of traveling through Iceland’s musical and literary heritage, from old folk songs in new arrangements, to new pieces written by some of the nation’s most accomplished composers of our time, passing by a few of Iceland’s most popular and cherished Romantic melodies. Gudrun and Javier have performed these songs in recitals throughout Europe and have recorded a number of the in their CD Mine is Yours – Songs from Iceland and Spain.

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english-and-scottish

This recital programme includes romantic theatre songs from England, such as “Meet Me by Moonlight” and Scottish songs arranged with charming guitar accompaniments by Matthias von Holst (Gustav Holst’s great-grandfather), often to poems by celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns, as in the songs “Oh, My Love is like a Red, Red Rose” and “Auld Lang Syne”. The songs and ballads from early nineteenth century England are among the most easily approachable of all songs for voice and guitar. Published in their thousands, they reached and touched most people, and their appeal was enormous. They were generally first performed on a stage with orchestra, often within the context of a stage play or entertainment. “Sung with unbounded applause by Mr. or Mrs. X”, can frequently be found on the sheet music title-pages. Duo Atlantica recorded these songs for the CD English and Scottish Romantic Songs for Voice and Guitar (EMEC Discos)

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