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Brák Baroque Ensemble

Classical Sundays

Barokkbandið Brák is a baroque ensemble formed by young Icelandic musicians with a desire to put their passion for early music into practice in their native country. During the past few years, the ensemble has garnered praise by breathing new life into the music of the baroque and renaissance with their collaborations with Icelandic and international singers, instrumentalists and dancers. Several of their recent concerts have been recorded and broadcast by the Icelandic State Radio, and critics of Iceland’s leading newspapers have praised Barokkbandið Brák for their vivacious and meticulous performances, lavishing them with four to four and a half stars. Barokkbandið Brák was nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards for Performer of the Year in 2017 and 2018, as well as Musical Event of 2018.

French arias and court music
Barokkbandið Brák, along with bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson, assemble a rollercoaster of a French feast. This performance features specially selected bravura arias and noble dance music of the French baroque era. The programme spans the whole gamut of human emotions, from euphoric exhilaration to searing tragedy that could even induce a tear or two. The ensemble will play with its renowned agility and flair and should leave no heart untouched.

Andri Björn Róbertsson has drawn international attention with his smooth bass-baritone voice. Andri recently had his premiere at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, during the international premiere of a new opera by Sir George Benjamin, Lessons in Love and Violence, followed by performances in Amsterdam, Hamburg and Lyon. He has performed numerous roles in opera houses such as The English National Opera and the Zürich Opera House. Andri has also received multiple awards for his singing. Lucky audiences in Iceland may also see him make his Icelandic debut as Figaro in the Icelandic Opera’s staging of The Marriage of Figaro in the fall of 2019.

Classical Sundays / Schedule Winter 2019 – 2020

September 2019

08.09.2019 Passion and Malice

15.09.2019 Women of Note

29.09. 2019 The Chamber Music Society #1: Brahms & Tanyev

October 2019

06.10.2019 Camerarctica – Mozart arias and Brahms

20.10.2019 The Chamber Music Society #2: Mozart & Schumann 

27.10.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Three Frenchmen and Schumann

November 2019

03.11.2019 Icelandic Songs with Ragnheiður Gröndal

10.11.2019 Sólveig Thoroddsen – The Harp in Harp

17.11.2019 The Chamber Music Society #3 – Camerarctica

24.11.2019 Sonatas for Cello and Piano

December 2019

08.12.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert

January 2020

19.01.2020 The Chamber Music Society #4 – Kodály and Rakhmaninov

26.01.2020: Popular Romantic Lieder

February 2020

02.02.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble

09.02.2020 Stirni Ensemble

16.02.2020 Hulda Jónsdóttir and Ragnar Jónsson

16.02.2020 Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and Ensemble

23.02.2020 Suites and Waltzes from East and West

March 2020

01.03.2020 Cauda Collective

08.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #5 – Siggi String Quartet

15.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #6 – Weinberg and Shostakovich

22.03.2020: Björk Níelsdóttir and Matthildur Anna – Total Chaos

29.03.2020 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven for 250 years

April 2020

13.04.2020 Minua Jazz Trio

19.04.2020 Bach and the Children – Icelandic Strings

May 2020

03.05.2020 Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler

10.05.2020 String Quartets

24.05.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble