Two world premieres with the contemporary ensemble London Sinfonietta
Nobody does contemporary repertoire quite like the London Sinfonietta. The ensemble has taken on the task of bringing the best contemporary music to the heart of today's culture, and the impressive list of composers who have written works for them includes György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis, Toru Takemitsu and Steve Reich. Together with Reich they also had a very successful performance at the 2015 Bergen International Festival.
The concert celebrates the Norwegian Society of Composers' centenary, and the programme includes world premieres by the Norwegian composers Eivind Buene and Rolf Wallin. Buene's work opens the concert, with Crescendo musicians Guro Kleven Hagen, Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad and Kian Soltani as soloists, all of whom have become favourites among the Festival audience. Wallin's work is written for the Danish bass player Ida Nielsen, known from Prince's band. The work mixes the componser's classical side with his experience as a rock and jazz musician.
London Sinfonietta will also perform Workers Union, written by Louis Andriessen for 'any loud sounding group of instruments', and Graal Théâtre by Festival Composer and Artist in Residence Kaija Saariaho. A new version of the violin concerto will be brought to life in collaboration with director Aleksi Barrière. The soloist is Peter Herresthal, known for his interpretations of contemporary concertos with orchestras and ensembles worldwide.
"If I were the British Government I would declare the London Sinfonietta a National Treasure ... Long may they continue to make new music!" – COMPOSER STEVE REICH
Pierre-André Valade conductor
Peter Herresthal violin
Guro Kleven Hagen violin
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad viola
Kian Soltani cello
Ida Nielsen electric bass
EIVIND BUENE (1973–)
Commissioned work supported by the Norwegian Cultural Fund
KAIJA SAARIAHO (1952–)
LOUIS ANDRIESSEN (1939–)
ROLF WALLIN (1957–)
Commissioned work supported by The Norwegian Composers' fund
Norwegian Society of Composers 1917–2017
In celebration of 100 years!
Introduction in English by Annabel Guaita in conversation with Kaija Saariaho, Eivind Buene and Rolf Wallin at 18:55
This concert will also be performed i London on Tuesday 06 June during Southbank Centre's Nordic Matters Festival.
The exhibition Musikalsk skrift (Musical Writings) follows Eivind Buene's and Rolf Wallin's new works from ideas to complete score.
Ida Nielsen in concert at Logen Saturday 03 June.
Supported by the Oticon Foundation, FINNO, the Norwegian-Finnish Cultural Foundation, Institut français de Norvège and the Sibelius Society of Norway.
Crescendo is a mentor programme for young classical musicians and is a joint venture between the Bergen International Festival, Barratt Due Institute of Music and Oslo Filharmonien. The project is supported by Trond Mohn, Bettina Ford Jebsen, Hans Peter Jebsen, The DNB Savings Bank Foundation, Dextra Musica and Talent Norge.
Read more about Crescendo and see all Crescendo concerts at this year's Festival here.