21 May — 5 June 2016
 
V Ashkenazy at Reykjavíks Arts Festival ens

Ashkenazy at Reykjavíks Arts Festival

with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Harpa, Eldborg
May 25 19:30

Price: 2.400 — 6.900 ISK.
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Vladimir Ashkenazy was the main force behind the establishment of the Reykjavík Arts Festival in 1970. He now rejoins the festival, 37 years later, to conduct the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He is joined by a frequent collaborator and one of France’s most lauded contemporary pianists, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
 
Vladimir Ashkenazy has conducted all of the world’s leading orchestras and has made his mark on musical history as a conductor and piano virtuoso. His inter- pretation of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 at Harpa’s inaugural concert in 2011 was an unforgettable experience for the audience. At this concert, Ashkenazy conducts Beethoven’s most graphic symphony, Pastoral, a work teeming with innocent joy, sounds of nature, babbling brooks and birdsong — not without stormy weather, although the skies eventually clear.
 
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet will perform one of France’s most famous compositions, Piano Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel. Renowned for his recordings on disc, Bavouzet has won two Gramophone Awards for his recordings of concerto works by Ravel and Debussy, the BBC Music Magazine Awards and other accolades. Bavouzet regularly performs with the world’s leading orchestras. He has had a long and fruitful collaboration with Ashkenazy.
 
The concert is a collaboration between the Reykjavík Arts Festival and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
 
Programme
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 6, “Pastoral”