Music, Classical

Brit­ten, Fin­zi, Pur­cell - Kam­mers­veit Reyk­javíkur

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Price

2.500 - 3.500 kr

Next event

Sunday 20th March - 16:00

Venue

Norðurljós

In its last concert of the season the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra will perform three pieces from England. Clarinet concerto by Gerald Finzi. Serenade for tenor horn and strings by Benjamin Britten and Chaconne in g minor by Purcell arranged by Britten. Besides the three soloists the string orchestra plays a major role in this concert.

Programme
Henry Purcell/Benjamin Britten: Chaconne in g minor
Gerald Finzi: Concerto for Clarinet and strings op. 31
Benjamin Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings op. 31

Clarinet: Rúnar Óskarsson
Tenor: Stuart Skelton
Horn: Frank Hammarin

Conductor: Mirian Khukhunaishvili

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) was a great admirer of Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) and he made arrangements of his works, had them performed and used themes from them in his own music. Purcell wrote the Chaconne in g minor for a quartet of strings probably around the year 1680, but Britten’s arrangement from the year 1948 is mostly about adding some dynamic changes and we also get to hear it for a full
string orchestra.

The clarinet concerto by Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956) is one of his most famous works and is frequently performed around the world though in Iceland it has not been performed a lot. The concerto was premiered in London in the year 1949 where the composer held the baton and the soloist was one of Britains most acclaimed clarinetist Frederick Thurston. The piece is in three movements and Finzi gives the clarinet freedom to bloom in wonderful melodies, many with a folkloric hint, always with an imaginative orchestral support where his love for the clarinet and string orchestra shines through. In the piece many different moods can be heard, ranging from lyric passages to spiritual contemplation and sparkling joy.

Serenade for tenor, horn and strings by Benjamin Britten was composed in 1943. Britten had moved to the United States in 1939 but returned to England in 1942, in the middle of the second world war. Britten’s biggest piece from this time is obviously the opera Peter Grimes, but of other pieces from this period, the Serenade is considered the most important. The piece is composed on six poems by british poets where the theme is, the night, from enchanting tranquility to it’s more dark and shady sides. The piece starts and ends with the solo horn - a kind of prologue and epilogue - where the composer uses the natural overtones of the horn, which might sound to our ears, used to western major and minor scales, quite frankly out of tune.

Stuart Skelton is one of the world’s leading heldentenors and has appeared in some of the repertoire’s most demanding roles on all the major stages of the world, including Siegmund (Die Walkure), Otello (Otello), Parsifal (Parsifal), Lohengrin (Lohengrin), Florestan (Fidelio) , Peter Grimes (Peter Grimes) and Tristan (Tristan und Isolde) with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House - Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Berlin State Opera, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and Symphony orchestras of Dallas, St Louis, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Sydney, Melbourne and West Australia. Stuart appears on 5 recordings of Die Walküre, has recorded Das Lied von der Erde 4 times, and recorded Tristan und Isolde and his debut solo disc Shining Knight in 2018. Stuart also appears in the title role on the upcoming CD of Peter Grimes, with the Bergen Philharmonic under Edward Gardner.

California native Frank Hammarin began playing the horn at age 11. He received a Bachelors degree from DePaul University in Chicago where he studied with Jon Boen, Oto Carrillo, and Jim Smelser. Frank went on to receive a Masters degree from The Peabody Institute in Baltimore where he studied with Denise Tryon. Frank has performed orchestral and chamber music internationally at music festivals and was a fellowship student of John Zirbel for two summers at the Aspen Music Festival. Since 2016 he has been a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Rúnar Óskarsson completed solo and teaching diplomas from the Reykajvík College of Music 1993, where his principal teacher was Sigurður I. Snorrason. He continued his studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with George Pieterson and in 1996 graduated with a diploma in clarinet performance. Rúnar also studied with Harry Sparnaay and completed the same degree on bass clarinet in 1998, having also studied with Walter Boeykens in Rotterdam. After three years of playing and teaching in Holland, he returned to Iceland and has since 2004 held a position with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and played with the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, Caput, The Icelandic Opera and the National Theater, not to mention many solo and chamber music concerts.

The ticket prices are as follows:

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3.500 kr.

Norðurljós

Norðurljós is a recital hall on Harpa’s second floor, situated between Eldborg and Silfurberg. It offers various possibilities for concerts, conferences, receptions and other events.