Steindor - Rimur (CD)

Steindor Andersen

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  1. Performer
  2. International
  3. Icelandic
Number of Items
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
Naxos (Distributor)
Mono / Stereo
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Atlarimur I
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Altarimur I
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Altarimur II
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Altarimur III
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Epigrams by Jon S. Bergmann
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Gunnarsrimur
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Andrarimur
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Epigrams by Bjarni Gislason
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Uptiningur
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Jomsvikingarimur
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Lysing Af Hesti
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Bernousrimur
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Haustid Nalgast
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Numarimur
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Rammislagur
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Gongu-Hrolfsrimur
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Jomsvikingarimur II
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Lagnaetti
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Numarimur II
Release Date
14 July 2008
South Africa
This is a collection of Icelandic epic and proverbs set to musical poetry by Steindor Andersen, one of the top proponents of the rimur form and a previous collaborator with Sigur Ros. The production comes from Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, a curious explorer of sound best known for his work on Bj”rk's albums. While rimur is essentially a solo vocal form sung at gatherings, the dimensions of the sound are usually done in nonreverberant locations. Hilmarsson took the opportunity of this recording to explore how rimur sounded in large churches, small lofts, and all points in-between. The end result is a bit of a spectrum of vocal quality, from flat to resounding. The songs, themselves, could easily become tedious to an average listener, especially without the advantage of full translations of the epic battles they're representing. Indeed, the album can become rather monotonous from time to time. A few innovations, however, are tossed in toward the end to spice up the experience. A didgeridoo appears as accompaniment in the devotional Haustio nalgast and, in the sea song "Rammislagur," a second rimur chanter doubles a number of lines and adds aspects of counterpoint. Andersen also plays an Irish harp in a pair of songs from the old poet Sigurdur Breidfjord, punctuating works on love and beauty. The overall effect of the album is one of nostalgia and a bit of historical reverence. It's interesting musically, but the poetry, itself, is the real focus of a rimur session. Give this album a listen for the historical and poetic aspects alone, and dig out translations of the poems for a fuller effect. ~ Adam Greenberg
Date Released
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Steindor Andersen
Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson
Andresdottir, Herdis / Bergmann, Jon S. / Bjarnason, Hannes / Bolu, Hjalmar Jonsson / Breiofjoro, Sigurour / Erlingsson, Porsteinn / Fotaskinni, Sigur
  1. Andersen, Steindor
55m 6s
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