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Stirni Ensemble

Sunday Classics

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Stirni Ensemble performs an exciting and beautiful mix of music by English baroque composer Henry Purcell, the American Samuel Barber and a new piece by Icelandic composer Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson. Stirni Ensemble consists of Björk Níelsdóttir, soprano, Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir, flute, Kristín Thora Pétursdóttir, clarinet and Svanur Vilbergsson on guitar.  Songs by Purcell and Barber have been arranged for the group by the French musician Guillaume Heurtebize and are performed for the first time.


Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
– Music for a while
– I attempt from love sickness
– When I am laid
– Evening prayer
A premiere of new arrangements by Guillaume Heurtebize for soprano, flute, clarinet and guitar

Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson (1976)
Auðn (Void) for soprano, flute, clarinet and guitar

Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981)
Hermit Songs
– At St Patrick’s Purgatory
– Church Bell at Night
– St Ita’s Visi– The Heavenly Banquet
– The Crucifixion
– Sea Snatch
– Promiscuity
– The Monk and his Cat
– The Praises of God
– The Desire for Hermitage

A premiere of new arrangements by Guillaume Heurtebize for soprano, flute, clarinet and guitar

Stirni held its first concert at the beginning of 2016 with good reviews. The quartet is somewhat unconventional in its setting as it consists of Björk Níelsdóttir soprano singer, Hafdís Vigfúsdóttir flute player, Grímur Helgason, clarinet player (replace by Kristín Þóra Pétursdóttir at this concert) and Svanur Vilbergsson guitarist. The group has performed at various platforms in Iceland; such as at Dark Music Days, Hljóðön and in Harpa’s hall Norðurljós.

As well as promoting innovation with the “new” and unusual composition of the group, the goal is to make the most of new music, keep the mark of Icelandic music on the air, here and abroad and give people an insight into the breadth that has taken place in the music creation last decades around the world. The group utilizes the ability to alternate solo works, duos and trios, thus further enhancing the diversity of the repertoire and the flow of concerts. The focus is on the 20th and 21st century music. At Stirnis’ first concert, the tone was immediately set on interweaving different works in a coherent flow so that the experience becomes more like a performance or a journey that grabs you and forms one whole from the first to the last tone.

Classical Sundays / Schedule Winter 2019 – 2020

September 2019

08.09.2019 Passion and Malice

15.09.2019 Women of Note

29.09. 2019 The Chamber Music Society #1: Brahms & Tanyev

October 2019

06.10.2019 Camerarctica – Mozart arias and Brahms

20.10.2019 The Chamber Music Society #2: Mozart & Schumann 

27.10.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Three Frenchmen and Schumann

November 2019

03.11.2019 Icelandic Songs with Ragnheiður Gröndal

10.11.2019 Sólveig Thoroddsen – The Harp in Harp

17.11.2019 The Chamber Music Society #3 – Camerarctica

24.11.2019 Sonatas for Cello and Piano

December 2019

08.12.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert

January 2020

19.01.2020 The Chamber Music Society #4 – Kodály and Rakhmaninov

26.01.2020: Popular Romantic Lieder

February 2020

02.02.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble

09.02.2020 Stirni Ensemble

16.02.2020 Hulda Jónsdóttir and Gudrun Dalia

16.02.2020 Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and Ensemble

23.02.2020 Suites and Waltzes from East and West

March 2020

01.03.2020 Cauda Collective

08.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #5 – Siggi String Quartet

15.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #6 – Weinberg and Shostakovich

22.03.2020: Björk Níelsdóttir and Matthildur Anna – Total Chaos

29.03.2020 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven for 250 years

April 2020

13.04.2020 Minua Jazz Trio

19.04.2020 Bach and the Children – Icelandic Strings

May 2020

03.05.2020 Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler

10.05.2020 String Quartets

24.05.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble