Kicking off the RNCM’s In Focus celebration of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the RNCM Brand New Orchestra will perform the composer’s spellbinding Dreaming on 5 May.
“Dreaming”, wrote Andrew Mello of Gramophone in 2019, “is an imposing monolith that emerges from silence and recedes back into it, speaking of natural desolation, severe beauty and precarious tectonics in between.” The piece is a shining example of Thorvaldsdottir’s nature-inspired compositional style, the music behaving like a shifting landscape that unfolds mysteriously, meditatively, in a way that pays no mind to chronological time – like a dream.
We’ll also hear new works by RNCM composers, giving us a glimpse at the compositional talent being nurtured at the college.
The event, taking place at 7.30pm on 4 May, forms part of a three-day celebration of Thorvaldsdottir’s music, which calls to mind the mighty natural forces of her native Iceland, translating the ecosystems of nature into orchestral soundscapes whose materials continuously grow in and out of each other.
Read about the full programme of events here.