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Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Publisher: Chester Music

Chester Music Ltd
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Anna Thorvaldsdottir AERIALITY (2011)
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  • 16 MAR 2019
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
    Stanislav Kochanovsky, conductor
  • 06 MAR 2019
    Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
    New England Conservatory Philharmonia
    Hugh Wolff, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2018
    De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden
    Norrköpings Symfoniorkester
    Johan Dalene, violin; Daniel Blendulf, conductor
  • 16 NOV 2018
    Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA
    University Orchestra
    Johannes M. Stosch, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 November - Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA
  • 21 OCT 2018
    ZeitGenuss 2018 - Festival für Musik Unserer Zeit
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    Badische Staatskapelle
    Daniele Squeo, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 October - Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 17 OCT 2018
    AERIALITY Country Premiere
    De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium
    Belgian National Orchestra
    Hugh Wolff, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19 October - BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
    20 October - Festival of Zeeland Flanders, Terneuzen, The Netherlands
  • 10 AUG 2018
    HAVEN Festival
    Refshaleøen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Det Kongelige Kapel
    Hossein Pishkar, conductor
  • 15 JUN 2018
    AERIALITY Country Premiere
    Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
    Orquestra Gulbenkian
    Benjamin Schwartz, conductor
  • 13 APR 2018
    AERIALITY Country Premiere
    Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
    Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Cornelius Meister, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2018
    DePaul University Concert Hall, Chicago, IL
    DePaul University Chamber Orchestra
    Michael Lewanski, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2018
    Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester
    Manchester University Symphony Orchestra
  • 10 JAN 2018
    Main Hall, Konserthuset, Stockholm
    Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
    Daniel Blendulf, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 January - Main Hall, Konserthuset, Stockholm
  • 12 OCT 2017
    Jena, Germany
    Jenaer Philharmonie
    Peter Sommerer, conductor
  • 28 SEP 2017
    AERIALITY London Premiere
    Nordic Music Days 2017
    Royal Festival Hall, London
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
  • 22 JUL 2017
    Hanes Auditorium, Salem Collage, Winston-Salem
    Governer’s School of North Carolina
  • 19 MAY 2017
    Lincoln Centre, New York, NY
    New York Philharmonic
    Alan Gilbert, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20,23 May - Lincoln Centre, New York, NY
  • 19 APR 2017
    AERIALITY Country Premiere
    Gothenburg Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
  • 14 APR 2017
    Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA
    LA Philharmonic Orchestra
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
  • 09 MAR 2017
    The Royal Danish Academy of Music Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
  • 10 FEB 2017
    Hamburg, Germany
    NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
  • 29 OCT 2016
    Mandeville Auditorium, La Jolla, CA
    La Jolla Symphony
    Stephen Schick, conductor

    Other Dates:
    30 October - Mandeville Auditorium, La Jolla, CA
  • 07 OCT 2016
    AERIALITY Country Premiere
    Musikhuset Aarhus/Symfonisk Sal, Aarhus, Denmark
    Aarhus Symhpony Orchestra
    Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
  • 29 SEP 2016
    Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    Daniel Raiskin, conductor
  • 23 FEB 2016
    AERIALITY Country Premiere
    A. P. Møller Skolen, Schleswig, Germany
    Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester
    Peter Sommerer, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24 February - Deutsches Haus, Flensburg, Germany
    25 February - NordseeCongressCentrum, Husum, Germany
    26 February - Stadttheater, Rendsburg, Germany
  • 02 OCT 2015
    AERIALITY Country Premiere
    Stadtcasino, Basel, Switzerland
    Basel Sinfonietta
    Daniel Bjarnason , conductor

    Other Dates:
    3 October - Zurich Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 04 OCT 2014
    AERIALITY UK Premiere
    City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Ilan Volkov , conductor
  • 04 MAR 2013
    AERIALITY US Premiere
    Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    Ilan Volkov , conductor
  • 26 FEB 2013
    Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    Ilan Volkov , conductor
  • 24 NOV 2011
    AERIALITY World Premiere
    Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    Ilan Volkov , conductor

Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s masterpiece Aeriality had the most magnetic and profound effect of all the music played, inducing a rare, extended silence in the cavernous Royal Festival Hall after its final notes had died away.
Andrew Mellor, Finnish Music Quarterly,05/10/2017
From the sinister first bar through to the glorious dissipation sound into silence at the end, Aeriality is spellbinding, the vast structure of the piece grasping the ear and demanding attention.
Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack,30/09/2017
In Aeriality, sounds bend and warp without rest over the 13-minute composition... The piece asks that the orchestra ride through moments of sweetness and austerity in a spectrum of timbres occasionally reminiscent of a whale’s muted croaks and the growling earth.
Jennifer Gersten, Bachtrack,27/05/2017
Thorvaldsdottir uses the orchestra to create a voluminous cloud of sound that grows, swirls and thins out in a haze shimmering with microtonal dissonances. Metallic percussion instruments add sputters and sparks. Toward the end, the music pools into consonance in a way that viscerally evokes a clearing of the air.
Corinna da Fonseca-Wohlheim, New York Times,21/05/2017
...Thorvaldsdóttir’s score evolves slowly, deliberately, in a constant surge of sound.
Bruce Hodges, New York Classical Review,20/05/2017
It’s a striking piece of music, with a distinct and original style...the warm radiance of the strings a delightful textual contrast to earlier chilliness. Thorvaldsdóttir’s deployment of percussion that is often conversational against the low rumble of the strings is deftly done.
Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack,21/04/2017
This is a big spinning planet of a work that, to echo Whitman, contains multitudes of ideas within itself, pregnant with promise from the opening whipcrack of percussion and major-key chord that keeps reasserting itself as tendrils of other sounds curl off it like smoke.”
Anne Midgette, Washington Post,28/11/2014
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