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Brahms and Bjarni Frímann – Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Formerly: Brahms and Tortelier

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Two outstanding Icelandic string players join forces for this concert. Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson has been praised widely for his playing and is now Principal Second Violin with the Helsinki Philharmonic, and Sigurgeir Agnarsson is Principal Cellist with the Iceland Symphony. Together they bring us Brahms’ impassioned Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, the composer’s last orchestral work. The Academic Festival Overture is a jolly, entertaining piece that Brahms wrote as a token of thanks after having received an honorary doctorate from a German university. The work closes with the student anthem Gaudeamus igitur, a fitting tribute to the graduation season.

Louise Farrenc was an extraordinary nineteenth-century pianist who served for more than three decades as a professor of piano at the Paris Conservatory. She composed not only a large number of piano and chamber works, but also three exceptionally well crafted Romantic symphonies. Farrenc’s hitherto forgotten compositions have been resurrected in recent years and show clearly that she deserves a prominent role in music history. The programme starts on a Spanish note, with Chabrier’s orchestral rhapsody España, with its lively Spanish dances with memorable dramatic gestures.

Unfortunately conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier had to cancel his performance with the Iceland Symphony due to illness. In his place we welcome Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason. The programme remains the same.

Pre-concert presentation in Hörpuhornið » 16 May 18:00

  • Program

    Emmanuel Chabrier: España
    Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello
    Louise Farrenc: Symphony no. 3
    Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

    Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson
    Sigurgeir Agnarsson