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Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir and Angela Draghicescu

Sunday Classics

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Cello and piano: East meets West

Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir and pianist Angela Draghicescu come together in Harpa´s Sunday Classics series for a unique evening of colorful and evocative music for cello and piano. Both have appeared in solo and chamber performances throughout Europe, U.S.A. and Asia. Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto and Iceland Symphonies, among others, and her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the US, Europe and Asia.  Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello on Centaur Records, she has performed in some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and members of the Emerson, Guarneri and Cavani Quartets and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including Prussia Cove and Marlboro, with whom she has toured. She is cellist of the Manhattan Piano Trio and a founding member of Decoda; a group that seeks to revitalize the world of chamber music through refreshing concert experiences, creative education, and community engagement.

Currently Collaborative Pianist at University of Puget Sound, Ms. Draghicescu has appeared in recitals with some of America’s most important musicians including Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, violinists Brian Lewis, Naumburg Competition winner cellist David Requiro, Metropolitan Orchestra trumpetist David Bond, former Canadian Brass french hornist Jeff Nelsen.  Angela Draghicescu is also one of the official pianists of the George Enescu International Competition.


Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB. 68 – B. BARTOK
Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
Brâul (Sash Dance)
Pe loc (In One Spot)
Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
Mărunțel (Fast Dance)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major No. 4, Op. 102/1 – L. van BEETHOVEN
Andante – Allegro vivace
Adagio – Allegro vivace


Capriccio for Cello and Piano – W. BOLCOM
Allegro con spirito. Very rhythmic
Molto Adagio
Like a Barcarolle
Gingando (Brazilian Tango)

Pictures on a Panel Wall – J. NORDAL
Brostin augu vatnanna (The lake’s sightless eyes)
Þegar íshjartað slær (When the ice heart beats)
Skrifað í vindinn (Written on the wind)
Allt með sykri og rjóma (Everything with sugar and cream)

Variations on a Theme of Rossini, D. 340 – B. MARTINŮ

Sunday Classics is a new recital series at Harpa presenting top-quality classical chamber music and songs. The recitals take place almost every Sunday at 5pm in one of Harpa´s recital halls, Kaldalón or Norðurljós, or in the open spaces of Harpa.

The programming of Sunday Classics is very versatile and some of Iceland´s best musicians are among the performers. Among this years highlights is a solo piano recital of world known Maria Joao-Pires, taking place on December 11th in Norðurljós. Harpa is also proud to present the series of young and upcoming artists, called „Welcome home“, included in the Sunday Classics program. For anyone looking for top-notch classical music the Sunday Classics will present the best Iceland has to offer.