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Favourite Classics - A Birthday Celebration

Live Television Broadcast on RÚV

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Date Location Price
4 Sep 2020 » 20:00 Eldborg | Harpa Live on RÚV
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  • Program

    Hrafnkell Orri Egilsson Rás 1, suite (arrangment)
    Luigi Boccherini Minuet
    Þórarinn Guðmundsson Þú ert
    Jón Þórarinsson Icelandic Spring Lullaby
    Emil Thoroddsen Lullaby
    Jón Múli Árnason Vikivaki
    Ingibjörg Þorbergs Á morgun
    Aram Khachaturian Sabre Dance
    Dmitri Shostakovich Suite for Jazz Orchestra no. 2
    Igor Stravinsky from The Firebird
    Johann Sebastian Bach Ruht wohl, from St John Passion
    Edvard Grieg The Death of Åse, from Peer Gynt
    Emmerich Kálman Heut´ Nacht hab ich geträumt von dir
    Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, 2nd mvt
    Emilíana Torrini Ha ha (arr. Albin de la Simone)
    Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 2, 4th mvt.

  • Conductor

    Daníel Bjarnason

  • Soloist

    Páll Palomares

  • Soloists

    Dísella Lárusdóttir
    Elmar Gilbertsson
    Emilíana Torrini
    Sigríður Thorlacius
    Sigurður Guðmundsson

  • Choir

    Motet Choir of Hallgrímskirkja

  • Hosts

    Guðni Tómasson and
    Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir

The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s first concert and the 90th anniversary of the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RÚV). These two institutions have played key roles in Iceland’s cultural life, and their paths have crossed in a variety of ways through the years. Classical music has always been a prominent feature of the Broadcasting Service’s programming; indeed, RÚV has recorded and broadcast nearly all of the orchestra’s concerts.

This concert affords us a backward glance at the history of the Iceland Symphony and RÚV, in words and music. The programme features works that were often heard on the radio during RÚV’s early years, as well as compositions by key members of RÚV’s Music Department during that period: Þórarinn Guðmundsson, Jón Þórarinsson, and Emil Thoroddsen. Featured as well are works in the orchestra’s repertoire during the first years and decades of its operation, such as Victor Urbancic’s Icelandic-language version of JS Bach’s St. John Passion, which included texts from Hallgrímur Pétursson’s Hymns of the Passion, resulting in a performance that was exceedingly well received at the time.

Watch the Iceland Symphony Orchestra live from the orchestra's website, www.sinfonia.is, the orchestra's Facebook page, and on RÚV (Icelandic TV).