In a program that ranges from Iceland and Finland to Denmark and Norway, with a diversion to the outlier, Latvia, Sibelius’sAndante Festivo and Grieg’s Erotikk
bring an elegant, sometimes sombre romanticism to the fore, while
arrangements of traditional Danish folks songs offer something playful
Excitingly, there is the Australian premiere of Illumine by
one of this century’s most electrifying talents, Iceland’s Anna
Thorvaldsdottir, who balances subtle sounds within ruggedly grand
On a more intimate, but hardly less dramatic, scale will be Maxime Bibeau’s solo double bass tour-de-force in Vasks’Bass Trip which amplifies the Latvian composer’s own background as a double bass player, while the free fantasies of Rautavaara’sThe Fiddlers reconnects contemporary Finland with its folk roots.