Britten and Haydn

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Date Location Price
15 Oct 2020 » 20:00 - 21:00 Eldborg | Harpa 2.600 - 8.100 ISK Cancelled
  • Program

    Wolfagang Amadeus Mozart Don Giovanni, overture
    Benjamin Britten Lachrymae for violin and strings
    Haukur Tómasson Nature morte for harp, cimbalom og chamber orchestra
    Joseph Haydn Symphony no. 104, the London-Symphony

  • Conductor

    Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason

  • Soloists

    Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir viola
    Katie Buckley harp
    Frank Aarnink percussion

The concert has been cancelled due to the newest assembly regulations in Iceland. Please note that ticket holders can exchange their tickets for other orchestra concerts later in the season. Should this not be feasible, the tickets can be refunded through the Harpa Ticket Office.

The pure strains of Viennese classicism meet new music on this interesting program. Mozart's overture to Don Giovanni is appropriately dramatic, but Haydn's last symphony is light and exuberant.

Benjamin Britten was one of Britain's leading composers in the twentieth century. Lachrymae is a fascinating reflection on a song by that master of the Renaissance lute song, John Dowland. Nature morte is a recent work by Haukur Tómasson, premiered at the Dark Music Days festival earlier this year. Then, the English critic Simon Cummings declared it “a fabulous piece by one of Iceland's most playful composers.”

The three soloists are members of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra: flutist Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, harpist Katie Buckley, and percussionist Frank Aarnink, who performs on the cimbalom in Tómasson's new work.