Symphonia Angelica is a new baroque ensemble from Iceland. At this concert, they take as their starting point one of the most dramatic happenings in Iceland's history, namely the "Turkish" invasion in 1627. Between 400 and 800 Icelanders were captured by the Ottomans and sold as slaves in North Africa. Most of them suffered, but some married into rich families and lived a life of luxury.
After ten years of slavery, 27 Icelanders return to their home country. It is tempting to think that the freed prisoners may have brought some of the moods, rhythms and tonality of the music in Africa home, and that it perhaps influenced some of the local culture. This idea marks some of the music we'll hear this evening, but the programme also includes arias and cantatas by Monteverdi, Händel and Porpora.
Sigríður Ósk Kristjánsdóttir - mezzo soprano, Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson - tenor, flutes and Icelandic langspill, Sigurður Halldórsson - cello, Halldór Bjarki Arnarson - cembalo, Arngeir Heiðar Hauksson - theorbe and gittern
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Tue, November 13, 2018 1:00 AM 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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