Anne Sofie von Otter is one of the most revered singers in the Nordic countries. Over the course of an eventful career, she has sung with all of the world’s leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, and John Eliot Gardiner, and has won Gramophone and Grammy awards for her recordings. This performance with the Iceland Symphony features Joseph Canteloube’s captivating arrangements of French folk music, which are his best-known works and have become very popular through performances by singers such as Victoria de los Angeles and Kiri Te Kanawa.
The programme begins with Atli Heimir Sveinsson’s lively arrangement of Mozart’s beloved Rondo alla Turca for clarinet and orchestra. The second half of the programme is dedicated to Georges Bizet’s only symphony, a masterwork written when the composer was only 17 years old. Even today, it remains one of the most famous symphonies by a French composer, bearing witness to Bizet’s undeniable genius. Following the concert, the Iceland Symphony will record the work for a CD to be issued by Chandos. French music provides the backbone for this concert, and needless to say, the Iceland Symphony’s Chief Conductor, Yan Pascal Tortelier, is quite at home there.
Yan Pascal Tortelier
Anne Sofie von Otter
Atli Heimir Sveinsson / W.A. Mozart Alla Turca, etc.
Joseph Canteloube Songs from Auvergne
Georges Bizet Symphony in C Major