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Magnificent Sonatas from the 20th Century

Classical Sundays

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The artists, Audur Hafsteinsdóttir, violin and Anna Gudný Gudmundsdóttir, piano, will perform two magnificent sonatas by Edvard Grieg and Sergei Prokofiev as well as Le Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla. The pieces are very captivating and colourful, much favoured by the two artists. Audur Hafsteinsdóttir and Anna Gudný Gudmundsdóttir, who are among Iceland’s most prominent musicians, having jointly performed and collaborated over many years. They are currently finishing recording a CD containing selected Icelandic violin music for the period 1940 – 2010.

The program consists of the colourful E. Grieg Sonata which is both grand and at the same time lyrical, very technically demanding and dramatic. S. Prokofiev’s Sonata no. 1. was composed during the years 1938 – 1946, clearly reflecting the dramatic events and atmosphere of the Second World War. The Sonata is one of his most known works, dramatic, musically conflicting and technically complex.The program will conclude with one of A. Piazzolla’s most famous pieces, Le Grand Tango.