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Magnificent Sonatas from the 20th Century

Classical Sundays

Violinist Auður Hafsteinsdóttir and pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir will play three magnificent sonatas from the twentieth century. Auður and Anna Guðný, who are among Iceland´s most prominent musicians, have performed together for many years.

Currently, they are completing a recording for a CD, where they perform selected Icelandic music for violin and piano covering the period 1940-2010. One of these pieces, Sonata op. 14 by Karl Ó. Runólfsson will be on the concert program. The sonata is both grand and lyrical, technically very demanding and dramatic. They will also perform the colourful and astounding L. Janácek sonata for violin and piano, written in 1914. The concert will be concluded with S. Prokofiev´s sonata no. 1 in f-minor. This amazing sonata was written in the years 1938-1946, and thus strongly refers to the dramatic events and atmosphere of the Second World War. This captivating violin sonata is one of his best-known pieces, characterized by melodic and rhythmic conflicts and as well being technically difficult for performers.