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Cauda Collective

Sunday Classics

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Cauda Collective is an experimental chamber music collective that
aims to find creative ways to share classical and contemporary music by collaborating with different fields of arts. The concert experience should be alluring, unique and both visually and aurally interesting. The role of the performer is challenged, he composes, arranges, improvises in addition to performing. Cauda Collective premiers at least one new composition in every concert.

The concert is titled Confession of Love, all the music performed is connected to love, in one way or another.

György Ligetti: Sonata for cello solo, first movement: Dialogo, 1948-1953

Dialogo is one of Ligeti‘s first compositions, he wrote it when he was about to finish his studies for his fellow student in the music academy in Budepest. Her name was Annus Virány, and Ligety was secretly in love with her. Virány said she never knew why he gave her the piece, but she had thanked him but never played it.

Ligeti describes the piece as a conversation between a man and a woman, he plays with the different texture of the C and G strings that interpret his and her voice.

Halldór Smárason: New piece, 2018
Cauda Collective premiers a new composition by Halldór Smárason.

Ernest Chausson: Chanson perpétuelle, 1898
For soprano and piano quintet.

The composition was dedicated to the singer Jeanne Raunay, who
premiered it in January 1899. Half a year later Chausson died from an accident. The piece was not published until 1911. In the text by Charles Cros, a woman describes her lover who left her. She begs the winds to tell him she‘s dying. She remembers when he kissed her on the forehead  everything changed, and she became his forever. But then his heart turned cold as he left her to travel to faraway places. “I will die in the pond, among the flowers, under the sleeping water” she says. “May my last breath fly, like a butterfly charmed by the beautiful roses of May, onto the lips of my beloved”.

Leos Janacek: String Quartet no. 2, Intimate letters, 1928
Leos Janacek‘s second string quartet, “Intimate Letters” was inspired by a long and spiritual friendship with Kamila Strösslová, a married woman who was 38 years younger than him. The string quartet reflects on the nature of their relationship, but they wrote over 700 letters to each other. “You stand behind every note, you, living, forceful, loving. The fragrance of your body, the glow of your kisses, the softness of your lips. Those notes of mine kiss all of you. They call for you passionately.” The string quartet was premiered September 11th 1928, a month after Janacek passed away.

Performers are: Hulda Jónsdóttir, violin, Sigrún Harðardóttir,
violin, Þóra Margrét Sveinsdóttir, viola, Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir, cello, Björk Níelsdóttir, soprano and Jane Ade Sutarjo, piano. Visuals and design is by Eva Björg Harðardóttir.

The concert is supported by “Tónlistarsjóður SUT og Ruthar
Hermanns” and the Icelandic Artist Salary Fund.

Classical Sundays / Schedule Winter 2019 – 2020

September 2019

08.09.2019 Passion and Malice

15.09.2019 Women of Note

29.09. 2019 The Chamber Music Society #1: Brahms & Tanyev

October 2019

06.10.2019 Camerarctica – Mozart arias and Brahms

20.10.2019 The Chamber Music Society #2: Mozart & Schumann 

27.10.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Three Frenchmen and Schumann

November 2019

03.11.2019 Icelandic Songs with Ragnheiður Gröndal

10.11.2019 Sólveig Thoroddsen – The Harp in Harp

17.11.2019 The Chamber Music Society #3 – Camerarctica

24.11.2019 Sonatas for Cello and Piano

December 2019

08.12.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert

January 2020

19.01.2020 The Chamber Music Society #4 – Kodály and Rakhmaninov

26.01.2020: Popular Romantic Lieder

February 2020

02.02.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble

09.02.2020 Stirni Ensemble

16.02.2020 Hulda Jónsdóttir and Gudrun Dalia

16.02.2020 Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and Ensemble

23.02.2020 Suites and Waltzes from East and West

March 2020

01.03.2020 Cauda Collective

08.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #5 – Siggi String Quartet

15.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #6 – Weinberg and Shostakovich

22.03.2020: Björk Níelsdóttir and Matthildur Anna – Total Chaos

29.03.2020 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven for 250 years

April 2020

13.04.2020 Minua Jazz Trio

19.04.2020 Bach and the Children – Icelandic Strings

May 2020

03.05.2020 Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler

10.05.2020 String Quartets

24.05.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble