Monday, May 7, 2012

Fóstbræður Male Choir is one of Iceland's treasures

I had the privilege of attending the last Spring concert by the Icelandic Male Choir Fóstbræður at Langholtskrikja. It would be difficult to describe just how moving their performance was. The choir's interpretation of works by Thorarin Jonsson, Arni Thorsteinsson, Ingi Larusson, and others was stirring and uplifting. Anyone interested in exploring the soul of Iceland would do well by listening to some of these pieces. I also have to mention the energy and brilliance brought by pianist and good friend Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdottir and the incomparable voice of Gissur Pall Gissurarson. I was deeply grateful that the choir used their enormous talents to interpret work by American authors. Eric Whiteacre's Lux Aurumque was superb and their rendition of M. Bartholomew's Shenandoah, Gershwin's Summertime and John Kander's New York, New York ended the concert in a festive fun mood.