Stefán Ragnar and Tortelier - Iceland Symphony
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson is one of Iceland's most successful classical musicians. After several years as principal flautist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, he is now principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the music directorship of Riccardo Muti. Stefán Ragnar's performances in Iceland are always keenly anticipated. On this programme he plays the Ibert Flute Concerto, a cheerful, accessible work that ranks among the most popular flute concerti of all time. Today Charles Gounod is perhaps best known for the “Ave Maria” that he composed to accompany the famous Bach prelude. Gounod was one of France's most remarkable late 19th century opera composers but also wrote two marvellous symphonies, both of which will be played by the Iceland Symphony this season.