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RECENT EVENTS - Prom 48: Classical Tectonics

Friday 22 August 2014 - 7:30 PM

Proms 2014 Prom 48 Jonathan Biss © Benjamin Ealovega

Scheduled end time: 10:00pm

Haukur Tómasson
Magma 16'
UK premiere

Piano Concerto in A minor 31'


Geysir 10'

Symphony No. 5 in C minor 33'

Jonathan Biss piano

Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov

Ilan Volkov directs the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (of which he is Music Director) in the ensemble's Proms debut.

Together they bring works from two major Icelandic composers, both inspired by the power and drama of their native country's geology. There's a slow-growing, primal force to Leifs's Geysir that balances the shifting tectonics of Tómasson's Magma.

Jonathan Biss makes his second appearance this season with Schumann's Piano Concerto, written for the composer's wife Clara, and the concert closes with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, whose darkness-to-light scenario culminates in a blaze of glory.