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The Iceland Symphony’s 2018 Advent concert features works by three 18th-century masters. Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the
greatest operatic composers of his day, and the “opera-ballet” The Amorous Indies (Les Indes galantes), a musical portrait of the Indies, is among his most popular works. The Brandenburg Concertos are among JS Bach’s best-known orchestral works, as well as being a comprehensive study of
the concerto form. The works are extremely demanding for performers, not least Concerto no. 2, written for trumpet, flute, oboe, and violin. The young and talented Baldvin Oddsson is trumpet soloist for this performance, with generous assistance from several outstanding colleagues.
Mozart composed his Prague Symphony at the height of his career, around the time he wrote The Marriage of Figaro. It was the success of the latter work in Prague that resulted in his writing a new symphony for the benefit of the city-dwellers, whom he praised effusively as
his most enthusiastic fans in the world. Dutch conductor Dirk Vermeulen, a professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, is respected worldwide for his inspired interpretation of 17th- and 18th-century music. He conducted the Iceland Symphony’s 2014 Advent concert, with outstanding
Pre-concert presentation in Hörpuhornið » 6 Dec 18:00 hrs.
Jean-Philippe Rameau Les Indes galantes, suite
J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 2
W.A. Mozart Symphony no. 38, Prague