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Warm winds – The Hnúkaþeyr Wind Octet

Sunday Classics

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The Hnúkaþeyr Wind Octet performs five works by Icelandic composers in the Northern Lights Hall in Harpa on Sunday December 3rd at 5pm. This event is a part of the concert series Sunday Classics held in Harpa. The title Warm Winds refers to the name of the ensemble Hnúkaþeyr, meaning warm winds blowing from the South. The visual artist Hrund Atladóttir embellishes the concert with her video art based up on Icelandic landscape. Carlos Caro Aguilera conducts the ensemble.

A premiere of Chorale by Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir takes place in a recent transcription for wind octet. Two works have been composed especially for Hnúkaþeyr.  Breathing by Anna Thorvaldsdottir from 2008 takes inspiration from tidal waves and breathing. …it comes,… it goes by Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir from 2011 comes and goes as the flow of water.

Nonet by Páll Pampichler Pálsson together with Scherzo by Herbert H. Ágústsson were composed in 1984 for Ensemble Reykjavik-Wien for wind octet and trumpet. The music performed is scheduled tol be released on CD in 2018.

The Hnúkaþeyr Wind Octet was formed in 2003 and is by tradition an ensemble of pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons.  The name Hnúkaþeyr refers to warm winds blowing from mountain tops. Since its foundation the ensemble has, besides the classical repertoire, performed the Icelandic works composed for wind octet.