- Audio CD (May 25 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sme
- ASIN: B00000IFOM
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Leikr elds ok isa (The Song Of Fire And Ice)|
|2. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Veit ek at ek hekk (Odinn's Rune-verses)|
|3. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Hliods bid ek allar (The Prophecy Of The Seeress)|
|4. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Vreidr var pa Ving-Porr (The Tale Of Prymr)|
|5. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Nu erum komnar (The Song Of The Mill)|
|6. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Baldrs minni (In Memory Of Baldr)|
|7. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Senn voru aesir allir a pingi (Baldr's Dreams)|
|8. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Pat man hon folkvig (The Prophecy Of The Seeress)|
|9. Myths From Medieval Iceland: Ragnarok (The End Of The Gods)|
|10. Myths From Medieval Iceland: A fellr austan um eitrdala (The Prophecy Of The Seeress)|
Well by golly, a rendition of the Icelandic Eddas is going in a direction about as far from Hildegard as one can get. It is certainly nice to see Sequentia exploring new ground again.
These are certainly much more stark arrangements than one might expect from Sequentia, but the nature of the Eddas certainly demands it. The arrangements definitely work, and the results are compelling. Familiarity with the Eddic poems is helpful but hardly essential, as knowledge of Icelandic.
What I especially enjoyed, as a hardingfele enthusiast, is Sequentia's decision to turn to the Norwegian hardingfele tradition when constructing the instrumental music on this disc. I can only hope that listening to "Edda" might lead some curious listeners to explore the wonderful sounds of the hardingfele as it exists now in modern Norway.
This is a great change of pace for Sequentia, and is most welcome. It isn't that I hate Hildegard, but through the 1990's we have had more Hildegard recordings than we can shake a stick at, but not much attention being paid to the Eddic tradition. It is nice to see Sequentia filling this void.