Label news: Chernobyl composer radiates on DG

Label news: Chernobyl composer radiates on DG


norman lebrecht

October 10, 2019

The yellow label has snapped up the Icelandic composer, cellist and singer Hildur Guðnadóttir, whose score to HBO’s drama on Chernobyl charted earlier this year.

Like many Iceland creatives Hildur, 37, now lives in Berlin.



  • Esther Cavett says:

    Cheap tabloid-style title.


  • John Borstlap says:

    The desperate hope is that it will make some money – pop-infested filmmusic is hoped to sell better than art music.

    It has nothing to do with serious music.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Pop music is serious music. The people composing it and performing it are very serious about it. You should not confuse your own ignorant snobbery with considered value judgements.

      • John Borstlap says:

        I think one should not confuse cultural illiteracy and ignorance of the history of music (without mentioning the sensitive subject of taste), with understanding the meaning and value of entertainment music.

        There is nothing wrong with pop music as a genre, or any entertainment music, even birds and whales have their music, but where it is treated as if on the same level as art music, some important cultural understanding has gone. Cultural hierarchies are not snobbery but means of understanding. Everything has its place but that is not the same place.