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Camerarctica – Mozart arias and Brahms

Sunday Classics

Camerarctica plays flashingly brilliant classical music on Sunday Classics in Harpa Sunday, October 6th at 4:00 pm. The program consists of music by Mozart and Brahms. On the program is a Divertimento for strings written when Mozart was only 16 years old, full of youth and excitement, and several beautiful arias by Wolgang Amadeus Mozart.

The pair of concert arias by Mozart “Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia” kv 582 og “Vado, ma dove” kv 583 are coloured both by drama and classical lightness as is he opera aria “Parto, parto” from Mozart’s last opera, “La Clemenza di Tito“, showing Mozart’s genius in writing for the soprano with a clarinet obbligato.

Both Mozart and Brahms had a great affection for the clarinet, impressed both by it´s singing tone and wide register. In the second half of the programmme, the greatly admired Quintet for clarinet and strings by Johannes Brahms will be performed, which was among the last pieces he wrote. Poetic writing colours all of the music in the programme. The Quintet by Brahms has a „gypsy“ section in the slow moment in which the clarinet rhapsodizes over tremolandi strings. The quintet is a profound piece which is among the most admired masterpieces in the repertoire.

The concert is approximately one and a half hour in duration with an interval.

Camerarctica ensemble was founded in 1992. Camerarctica has organized many music festivals, such as festival in memory of Hindemith, Fauré, Schubert and Brahms, and participated in Dark Music Days, Reykjavik Art Festival and Nordic Music Days. Camerarctica has given concerts organized by the Chamber Music Club every year since 1997 and performed, among other, string quartets by Shostakovich, Bartók and Zelenka sonatas. Camerarctica has annually held very popular concerts at Advent, titled “Mozart by candlelight”, and recorded CDs featuring Mozart’s works

Ármann Helgason, clarinet,
Hildigunnur Halldórsdóttir and Bryndís Pálsdóttir, violins,
Svava Bernharðsdóttir, viola,
Sigurður Halldórsson, cello.
Camerarctica’s special guest in this recital is the soprano singer Ingibjörg Guðjónsdóttir,