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Favorite Classics – Iceland Symphony Orchestra

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The Iceland Symphony’s Favorite Classics concerts, now held for the fourth time in cooperation with the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV) have been quite an attention-getter in recent years. This year’s request was for stories about how classical works affected Icelanders, how they commemorate major events or unforgettable people — or simply how they spice up everyday life. A selection of works nominated will be performed in Eldborg hall at a special gala concert, a pre-season taste of the upcoming year at the Iceland Symphony.

A large number of suggestions were submitted this year, and the programme will cover an unusually wide range. It features selections from solo concerti, choral works, operatic arias, and orchestral pieces from the Baroque period to the present day.

Among the works on the programme are Pachelbel’s Canon, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, excerpts from Mozart’s Requiem, Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and arias from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and La bohème. Conductor Daníel Bjarnason takes the podium, welcoming a host of solo vocalists and instrumentalists and guest choirs for this diverse programme of classical masterpieces.

The concert will be televised live by RÚV.

Sergei Prokofiev: Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet
Johannes Brahms: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen from Ein deutsches Requiem
Giacomo Puccini: Un bel di vedremo from Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini: Che gelida manina from La bohème
Edward Elgar: Nimrod from the Enigma Variations
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: From Requiem
Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D
George Frideric Händel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, 2. mvt.
Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 5, 4. mvt.
John Williams: Schindler’s List, main theme
John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4, finale

Daníel Bjarnason

Arngunnur Árnadóttir
Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir
Elmar Gilbertsson
Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir

Hljómeyki Chamber
Motet Choir of Hallgrímskirkja
Philharmonic Choir

Choir Directors
Magnús Ragnarsson
Hörður Áskelsson
Þorvaldur Örn Davíðsson

Master of Ceremonies
Guðni Tómasson
Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir