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A varied and exciting programme revisiting important moments in the musical history of the National Broadcasting Service and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra
The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s first concert and the 90th anniversary of the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV). These two institutions have played key roles in Iceland’s cultural life, and their paths have crossed in a variety of ways through the years. Classical music has always been a prominent feature of the Broadcasting Service’s programming; indeed, RÚV has recorded and broadcast nearly all of the orchestra’s concerts.
This concert affords us a backward glance at the history of the Iceland Symphony and RÚV, in words and music. The programme features works that were often heard on the radio during RÚV’s early years, as well as compositions by key members of RÚV’s Music Department during that period: Þórarinn Guðmundsson, Jón Þórarinsson, and Emil Thoroddsen. Featured as well are works in the orchestra’s repertoire during the first years and decades of its operation, such as Victor Urbancic’s Icelandic-language version of JS Bach’s St. John Passion, which included texts from Hallgrímur Pétursson’s Hymns of the Passion, resulting in a performance that was exceedingly well received at the time.
The concert will be televised live by RÚV and streamed online worldwide here.
Further information on the concert can be found on the Iceland Symphony Orchestra website.
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Aram Khachaturian, Igor Stravinsky, Emil Thoroddsen, Ingibjörg Þorbergs, Jón Þórarinsson, and others.
Motet Choir of Hallgrímskirkja
MASTERS OF CEREMONIES
Guðni Tómasson and Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir