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To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, the Reykjavík Arts Festival will host a special performance of the composer’s piano concertos nos. 2 and 4 as arranged by Vincenz Lachner for piano and string quintet. Guests will also hear one of the composer’s most beautiful works, Romance for Violin No. 2 in F major, op. 50.
Beethoven’s piano concertos are some of the most beloved works of the classical repertoire. German composer Lachner‘s arrangements of these works, now performed in Iceland for the first time, make significant demands on the performers, giving each and every instrumentalist a substantial role to play.
Italian pianist Domenico Codispoti has given a large number of solo recitals and performed with numberous orchestras in Europe, the USA and Asia, and has been a regular and much welcomed guest on the Icelandic music scene, performing at the Reykjavík Arts Festival among other occasions.
The string players are all permanent members of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and have been at the forefront of the Icelandic music scene for years. They now come together as Arctic Five to pay homage to Ludwig van Beethoven on this historic anniversary.
Piano: Domenico Codispoti
Violin: Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir
Violin: Nicola Lolli,
Viola: Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir
Cello: Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir
Double Bass: Hávarður Tryggvason