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Warm winds – The Hnúkaþeyr Wind Octet

Sunday Classics

The Hnúkaþeyr Wind Octet performs Icelandic works for winds in its concert in Norðurljós. The Hnúkaþeyr Wind Octet was formed in 2003 and is by tradition an ensemble of pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons. Over roughly a decade the ensemble has, besides the classical repertoire, performed the Icelandic works that exist for wind octet.

 Nonet by Páll Pampichler Pálsson is one of the oldest works on the program along with Scherzo by Herbert H. Ágústsson. Both were written in 1984 for wind octet and trumpet. Two works were composed especially for Hnúkaþeyr, Breathing by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and …it comes, it goes.. by Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir. Stylistically varied, the works are unified by the unique although colourful combination of wind instruments.