Rachmaninoff and Gubaidulina II

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Date Location Price
26 Mar 2020 » 19:30 » Thursday Eldborg | Harpa 2.600 - 8.100 ISK Cancelled
  • Program

    Sofia Gubaidulina Offertorium violin concerto
    Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony no. 2

  • Conductor

    Antonio Méndez

  • Soloist

    Vadim Gluzman

An assembly ban has been imposed in Iceland due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and all concerts by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra are cancelled until April 13. 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. See here.  

Sofia Gubaidulina, now in her late 80s, is one of the most revered composers of her generation. Her music is prominent on the Iceland Symphony Orchestra's spring 2019 schedule: two of her seminal works will be performed at subscription concerts, together with orchestral works by her fellow Russian, Rachmaninoff, and the chamber music of both is highlighted in the Orchestra's Friday Series.

Offertorium is one of her signature compositions, a riveting violin concerto based on the so-called royal theme from JS Bach's Musical Offering. This evening's soloist is Ukrainian-born Israeli violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman, who has performed the work with major orchestras worldwide and is considered one of its leading interpreters.

Rachmaninoff's Symphony no. 2, one of his most beloved orchestral pieces, has been part of the standard symphonic repertoire ever since its premiere in 1908. It combines all of the features that make Rachmaninoff so enchanting: gripping melodies and a masterful command of orchestral colour. The Iceland Symphony performed it seven times under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy on its autumn 2018 tour of Japan, and it will be intriguing to hear it again now, just over a year later.

Antonio Méndez has conducted the Iceland Symphony Orchestra twice previously, both times receiving five-star reviews from the critics.