Friday, August 24, 2012

Reykholt Music Festival

with Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir
This summer at Reykholt Music Festival I did a recital of Rachmaninoff songs, some french songs and Beethoven folksong arrangements with Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir pianist and the Reykholt Piano Trio. We also did new piano trio arrangements of Icelandic songs. It was a lovely experience. Singing in Russian is thrilling. I love this language and how it colors the voice. French is also a great language to sing in but so different. It was also very interesting to work on the Beethoven songs and discover how he is inspired by the  different languages and characteristics of the folksong and how his use of the combination of the piano trio adds another dimension to the songs. The trio arrangements by Þórður Magnússon were simply magical.

Here for information on the Festival