About B:Classical 2022/23: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
A pre-concert conversation will take place 6:30pm – 7:00pm in the Justham Family & Jane How Rooms ahead of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra concert for ticketholders only.
The conversation will be between Jonathan James and Anna Thorvaldsdottir (whose composition Metacosmos will be being performed as part of the concert). Jonathan and Anna will be discussing this composition amongst other elements of Anna’s career and compositions.
Please note that this event will be first come first served.
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Eva Ollikainen conductor
Sir Stephen Hough piano
Anna Thorvaldsdottir Metacosmos
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra made their Symphony Hall debut in 2020 as part of their 70th anniversary tour, and their creative energy and distinctive character made it one of the highlights of the season, so it’s a thrill to welcome them back with their new chief conductor Eva Ollikainen at the helm in a programme of great musical monuments. They’re joined by the irrepressible Sir Stephen Hough for the Beethoven concerto he’s said he finds perhaps the most moving, and which progresses from the dark minor key opening, through an exquisite slow movement to the ebullient coda of the rondo finale.
Metacosmos is the latest offering by the orchestra’s composer in residence Anna Thorvaldsdottir whose striking sound world is often inspired by nature. Tchaikovsky’s dramatic and, ultimately, triumphant Fifth Symphony belies the difficulties the composer had with it. Full of enthusiasm at the outset, he soon found himself struggling for inspiration and, when complete, the best he could say was that the symphony was “no worse than my previous ones”. But the lyrical beauty, dramatic outbursts and unashamed romance ensured that audiences loved it – as did Tchaikovsky eventually – and it has remained enduringly popular.
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