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Grosvenor plays Beethoven

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Two Beethoven masterpieces and an outstanding work by Anna Thorvaldsdottir that has taken the world by storm.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Metacosmos
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 7

David Danzmayr

Benjamin Grosvenor

On this programme, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra juxtaposes two Beethoven masterpieces with a captivating piece by composer-in-residence Anna Thorvaldsdottir. At the keyboard for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1 is Benjamin Grosvenor, who has already, at age 28, established himself as one of the UK’s most interesting pianists. In 2011, then aged 19, Grosvenor was the youngest soloist to appear on the BBC Proms opening night, and a year later he won two Gramophone awards. The critic from the New York Times referred to him as “a pianist to make you sigh with joy,” and piano aficionados can certainly take joy in this remarkable young artist’s first appearance in Iceland.

David Danzmayr is Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and has attracted considerable admiration for his performances with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. A native of Austria educated at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, he knows the music of neighbouring Germany’s Beethoven like the back of his hand. Critics heap praise on him, with one recently calling his conducting “artistically impeccable, and exciting enough to raise goose-bumps.”

The programme opens with Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s Metacosmos, which has triumphed all over the world since it was first performed by the New York Philharmonic in 2018. Since then, it has been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Proms in Britain’s Royal Albert Hall, and the New York Times selected the Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s recording of it as one of the best classical recordings of 2019.

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