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Grímur and Schubert

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Two gems from the Early Romantic period and a fascinating contemporary symphony.

Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 3
Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concerto no. 1
Thomas Larcher: Symphony no. 2

Eva Ollikainen

Grímur Helgason

Two masters of the Early Romantic period, Franz Schubert and Carl Maria von Weber, are on the programme for the first half of this exciting Iceland Symphony concert. Although Schubert wrote his Symphony no. 3 soon after his 19th birthday, his talent and mastery were already evident. The work is clearly influenced by Italian opera composer Rossini, who had recently taken Vienna by storm. Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto
no. 1
, which dates from only four years earlier, is one of the most memorable wind concerti of the 19th century.

Clarinetist Grímur Helgason has received deserved attention in recent years, both for his work with the Iceland Symphony and for his solo performances. Grímur has an unusually broad stylistic range, which spans classical, pop, jazz, and dixieland music. He completed advanced
studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and, since then he has performed with a variety of musical groups, including Caput, Hjaltalín, and the
gypsy-jazz band Hrafnaspark, as well as the Iceland Symphony.

As one of Austria’s most respected contemporary composers, Thomas Larcher has received numerous awards for his works. He was composer-in-residence at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in the 2019-2020 season, and in 2019 he received the Grand Austrian State Prize for exceptional work in his artistic field. His Symphony no. 2, Kenotaph [War Memorial] is his most ambitious work, dedicated to the refugees who have drowned in the Mediterranean in recent years. It was premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic in 2016. Its Icelandic premiere is a must-see event for all those
interested in hearing this remarkable voice in the world of new symphonic music.

Further information on the concert can be found on the Iceland Symphony Orchestra website.