Song Cycles II – Ágúst Ólafsson & Gerrit Schuil
Franz Schubert: „Winterreise“ (Müller)
The subject of this cycle is in many ways the same as in „Müllerin“.
Again we follow the heart-breaking story of a young man, being turned down by the girl he loves. In this cycle, both the poet and maybe also the composer go much deeper into the soul of this young man. His urge to leave town, his increasing loneliness, his avoiding of human contact, are portrayed in almost painful reality. At the end he meets the „Leiermann“, and he is the first person he talks to, asking him to accompany his songs.
Ágúst Ólafsson is one of Icelands leading baritones. He studied in Helsinki, and soon after that he established himself here. Many roles in the opera, concerts and oratoria, showed his versatility. Maybe his greatest gift is his enormous talent for „Lieder-singing“, which was recognized and praised by masters such as Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau. In 2010 we undertook the great journey into the 3 Schubert song-cycles, during the Reykjavík Arts Festival, for which we received the „music award“ in the catagory performers of the year.
After many requests for a repeat, we are happy to oblige and go into this magnificent journey again.
Sunday Classics is a new recital series at Harpa presenting top-quality classical chamber music and songs. The recitals take place almost every Sunday at 5pm in one of Harpa´s recital halls, Kaldalón or Norðurljós, or in the open spaces of Harpa.
The programming of Sunday Classics is very versatile and some of Iceland´s best musicians are among the performers. Among this years highlights is a solo piano recital of world known Maria Joao-Pires, taking place on December 11th in Norðurljós. Harpa is also proud to present the series of young and upcoming artists, called „Welcome home“, included in the Sunday Classics program. For anyone looking for top-notch classical music the Sunday Classics will present the best Iceland has to offer.