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Sæunn and Víkingur at Dark Music Days – Iceland Symphony

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Icelandic contemporary music has been a hot item around the world in the recent term. In February 2017, the “Into Iceland” festival was held in the newly opened Elbphilharmonie Hall in Hamburg, and in April the Los Angeles Philharmonic held a 10-day festival dedicated to Icelandic music. New Icelandic compositions were commissioned for both, and the ISO’s concert at the Dark Music Days festival features the Icelandic premiere of all of them.

Haukur Tómasson’s splendid piano concerto was enthusiastically received in Hamburg and in Los Angeles, where Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson performed under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Páll Ragnar Pálsson’s cello concerto was inspired Auður Jónsdóttir’s novel The Big Quake and is dedicated to Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir, one of Iceland’s premier cellists.

The conductor is Daníel Bjarnason, the ISO’s artist-in-residence, who acted as artistic advisor at the LA Philharmonic’s Iceland festival.

  • Program

    Sebastian Fagerlund Drifts
    Haukur Tómasson Piano Concerto no. 2
    Páll Ragnar Pálsson Quake for cello and chamber ensemble
    Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson Adagio
    Haukur Tómassson In Seventh Heaven

    Daníel Bjarnason

    Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson, pianist
    Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir, cellist