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Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Camille Saint-Saëns: Romance for Flute and Orchestra
Cécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute and Orchestra
Johannes Brahms: Symphony no. 4
Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir
This programme features several French and German masterpieces from the turn of the 20th century. Camille Saint-Saëns’ tender Romance is one of his best-known works, but fewer have heard of Cécile Chaminade, who was very popular in her day, wrote over 400 works over her long life, and was the first woman composer to be awarded membership of the Legion of Honour. Her Concertino for Flute was a pivotal work in her career. It was written for the soloists’ competition at the Paris Conservatoire in 1902 and has been a permanent part of the flute repertoire ever since.
Providing a frame for the programme are two works, one French and one German, inspired by the dance and polyphony of the Baroque era. Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin is a lovely and colourful paean to the French Baroque suite. Johannes Brahms also takes a backward glance with his magnificent Symphony no. 4, one of his last symphonic works. The Fourth bears witness to Brahms’ abiding interest in the music of the Baroque, not least the works of JS Bach, which he studied in depth. Both the theme in the final movement of the symphony and its development are directly influenced by Bach.
Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir has drawn deserved attention in recent years for her outstanding flute playing and captivating stage presence. Her solo CD, Portrait, received a favourable review in Gramophone magazine, and her 2016 performance of Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto earned her five stars from the critic from Fréttablaðið,who said, “It was a joy to hear her play.”
Further information on the concert can be found on the Iceland Symphony Orchestra website.