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The fiftieth episode from The RÚV English Podcast service is part of our series on Icelandic music, in its many genres.

Music journalist Lydia Athanasopoulou joins Darren to take a look and a listen to the history of Icelandic music, through a different genre each week. In future weeks we will explore pop, the "golden oldies" of the 50s and 60s, Icelandic indie, and much more. (And yes - an Iceland-in-Eurovision special coming too!)

Today we examine classical music in Iceland.

Music played on today's show:

"Heyr, himna smiður", text by Kolbeinn Tumason (written 1208), music composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson in 1970s. Performed by The Royal Danish Academy of Music Voices

"Hekla, Op. 52", Leifs, Jón (1899-1868). Performed by Iceland Symphony Orchestra; conductor En Shao

"Veröld fláa sýnir sig", performed by Hamrahlíðarkórinn

"Fjalladrottning móðir mín", performed by Karlakórinn vísir

"Öldurót", by Ólafur Arnalds, featuring Atli Örvarsson, SinfoniaNord

"Sensus Terrae (Voice of Katla)", Högni Egilsson: composer, lyricist, synthesiser, GDRN (Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir): solo voice, Cantoque Ensemble: choir

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21. apríl 2023

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