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Friday series: Mozart and Arvo Pärt – Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Although Mozart and Arvo Pärt belong to two different periods, they have much in common artistically. Their music is pure and uplifting, often with a simple surface overlaying inner complexity. Für Alina for piano was a watershed in Pärt’s career, in which he found his own voice after a hiatus of many years. The Mozart-Adagio is Pärt’s piano trio arrangement of a gorgeous movement from one of Mozart’s piano sonatas.

Mozart’s piano works in c minor, written in 1785-1786, are unusually dark and tempestuous – even a sort of harbinger of the type of expression frequently associated with Beethoven. The Fantasia for solo piano is a perfect prelude to the concerto. In both pieces, Mozart explores the depths of the soul in a different way than he had previously done. Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson does double-duty as soloist and conductor, leading the orchestra from the piano, as was done in Mozart’s day.

  • Program

    Arvo Pärt Für Alina
    Arvo Pärt Mozart-Adagio
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Fantasia for piano in C minor

    SOLOIST AND CONDUCTOR
    Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

    SOLOISTS
    Nicola Lolli violin
    Sigurgeir Agnarsson cello