This noontime performance features two of the works the Iceland Symphony will perform while touring Germany and Austria in November 2019. Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality is well on its way to becoming one of the most frequently performed Icelandic orchestral works written in recent decades. It has been performed in numerous halls worldwide, including the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Royal Festival Hall in London, and Symphony Hall in Boston, and foreign critics have called it a masterwork. Aeriality is one of the pieces on Deutsche Grammophon’s portrait disc of Anna’s music.
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4 is one of the Russian master’s most splendid, a tense, exciting exploration of the fate of the artist. Tchaikovsky wrote the symphony at the height of his career, around the time he composed Eugene Onegin, and it is no surprise that it is one of his most frequently performed works worldwide.
Daníel Bjarnason conducts the Iceland Symphony during the Germany-Austria tour. Daníel has drawn international notice in recent years for his compositions and his conducting. His opera Brothers received Iceland’s Classical Music Event of the Year award in January 2019. Daníel was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Iceland Symphony at the beginning of the season.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aeriality
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4