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Vasks, Haydn and Mozart (About the performance)

A Baltic national composer sandwiched between to classical composers.

Schubert the miracle (About the performance)

While Beethoven and Mozart were undeniably geniuses, we may say that Schubert was a miracle.

Musical explosives (About the performance)

Common features of the sonatas in this evening’s programme are their musical dynamite and dynamic contrasts. Almost a hundred years expired between Beethoven’s first two cello sonatas and Grieg’s only one. Nevertheless they challenge the limits of what the instrument can achieve.

Intense sources of inspiration (About the performance)

While Schönberg in a period of family difficulties was inspired by poetry, what drew Mozart to the string quartet was his craving for admiration and competitive instinct.

Nuances of emotion (About the performance)

Music can say what words cannot express.

Bror Magnus Tødenes & Håvard Gimse (About the performance)

Songs by Grieg and Schumann

In 1888 a 23-year-old Finnish composer with the forenames Johan Julius Christian was extremely proud. For the first time he had had one of his works published – a song.

Great sonatas (About the performance)

The sonata is the great musical form of the Classical era.

Edvard Grieg the European (About the performance)

Grieg and his connections to the great musicians of Europe.

Mozart, Prokofiev and Brahms

Top young soloists and BFO (About the performance)

Mozart, Haydn & Glass

2016: Songs by Grieg and Schumann (About the performance)

The Goldberg Variations constitute one of the greatest, most monumental and most performed works in the repertoire for the piano/harpsichord.

Rosary Meditations (About the performance)

This evening’s concert centres around the ‘Sorrowful Mysteries’, which are about death, doubt and love of humankind.

A symphony of Nordic sounds (About the performance)

Profiled composers from two different generations are juxtaposed in this concert of Nordic music.

Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (About the performance)

Porgy & Bess is not like other operas.

Quatuor Diotima and clarinettist Jörg Widmann present highly varied classical repertoire.

2015: Russian signatures (About the performance)

The Borodin Quartet celebrates its 70th anniversary with three Russian masters who have all put their own signature to both Russian and European music.

Two romantics and a modernist who had poor regard for one another, but who shared admiration for a fellow composer.

This year we can celebrate the 150th anniversary of the two greatest Nordic composers to succeed Edvard Grieg.

Two French masters and the idol of both – Mozart.

It is nearly 300 years since the last time Leonardo Vinci’s Catone in Utica was performed, but Vinci was one of the most famous composers of opera of his time.

2015: Wandering (About the performance)

Trio Wanderer wanders between eighteenth century rococo and neoclassicism to the newest music of today.

In Norway Handel (1685–1759) is thought of as Georg Friedrich Händel, a German composer who lived and worked in England, which indeed he was. However, he spent his early youth – from 1706 to 1710 – in Italy.

2014: The important battle (About the performance)

To say that I have simplified 20th century history is an understatement, but I think the advantage of simplification is that patterns emerge, writes Orlando Gough, the creater of Stemmer.

2014: Hollywood Exiles (About the performance)

From the 1930s onwards the cinema brought symphonic music to far larger audiences than the concert hall. One important reason was that several gifted composers had found artistic exile from the turbulence of Europe in Hollywood at the heyday of the sound film.

2014: Nordic Mass (About the performance)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me …
(Book of Psalms)

2014: Stories without words (About the performance)

The trilogy Pantomime is filled with stories without words – both within the individual movements and as themes running through the works.

2014: Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (About the performance)

An interesting mixture of composers from Norway, Russia and what is now the Czech Republic, who knew and respected one another.

2014: The Beethoven Journey III (About the performance)

Music to make the world more human.

2014: The two halves (About the performance)

The Czech author Milan Kundera, who also has a solid training in music, has written that literary history is divided into two halves.

2014: Le Concert Spirituel (About the performance)

A tribute to Italian early music.

2014: Three Temperaments (About the performance)

A common denominator of these three quartets is an overtly extroverted mood.

2014: Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas (About the performance)

Music to appeal equally to body and soul.

2014: Emotional spaces (About the performance)

The works in this evening’s concert share an expression of more complex aspects of human emotion, ranging from longing and resignation to forceful defiance.

Norway in miniature and a tribute to freedom, equality and fraternity.

2013: The New Sounds of the Baroque (About the performance)

By performing according to Baroque practice on historical instruments the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra exposes new and unfamiliar facets of the old masters.

2013: Andreas Scholl (About the performance)

The German lied tradition is primarily associated with the Romantic era. However, its roots extend well back into the Classical period.

2013: Fargefest (About the performance)

– Growing up in Norway in the sixties, I hadn’t even heard of garlic. Today, on the other hand, most of us are grateful for the fact that the Norwegian herring is accompanied by new and exotic tastes, available to us from all over the world. We’re all the better for this diversity, and that’s something we must remember when meeting with new and different cul­tures, states Fargespill’s artistic director, Ole Hamre.

Together with musician Dickson Dee, Sang Jijia is on his way to finding the turning point of Carte Blanche’s dancers

2013: Hvoslef’s Chamber Music (About the performance)

‘I take a practical approach when I compose. The characteristics of the instrument are always at the core,’ says the composer Ketil Hvoslef.

2013: Dialogues with Grieg (About the performance)

These four works share a single topic: the reconciliation of folkloristic material with Classical Tradition.

2013: Hagen Quartet (About the performance)

It was Ludwig van Beethoven who turned the string quartet into a playground for genius.

The LP of yore has recently come back into fashion. Archaelogical expeditions into lofts and box-rooms have paved the way for renewed acquaintances with musical experiences from childhood.

2013: L'Arpeggiata: Mediterraneo (About the performance)

The members of the ensemble L’Arpeggiata dig up Baroque pearls from oblivion and improvise on them with infectious enthusiasm. Now they have travelled around the Mediterranean.

2013: Praise the Hairiness (About the performance)

(Eloge du poil)

2013: Coelacanth (About the performance)

”The mixture of uncompromising display of private life and unbounded creativity has become the trademark of Winter Guests’ works. And in Coelacanth, they take the whole thing to the next level” writes Tom Remlov about Alan Øyen’s new production for the Bergen International Festival.

2013: Trondheim Soloists and Hemsing (About the performance)

Four composers of different generations meet in this con­cert. A common feature is the inspiration they have derived from folk music.

2013: Origin of Species (About the performance)

Charles Darwin disliked travelling by sea. Even so, he embarked on a voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle, a journey that was to last for five years.

2013: Marco Polo (About the performance)

On this journey the places of departure and arrival are not the point – but rather the journey itself through a variety of landscapes and cultures.

2013: Mørk, Frang & Hadland (About the performance)

Three Cornerstones: Three piano trios from the early nineteenth to the early
twentieth century.

2013: BLAM (About the performance)

The team behind BLAM! love their jobs. On the stage they get to test gravity and live out all their action fantasies.

‘Ole Bull was a great improviser. He thought like a good jazz musician. We need to rediscover this way of playing for clas­sical music too,’ says Wolfgang Plagge.

2013: War Requiem (About the performance)

In 2013 it is a hundred years since the birth of one of the twentieth century’s greatest musical personalities, Benjamin Britten (1913–1976). The Bergen International Festival celebrates the anniversary by devoting the 2013 closing concert to his War Requiem, considered by many to be his greatest work.



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