A Finnish celebration from a Nordic quartet.
In 2017 it is 100 years since Finland gained its independence. This is celebrated by the newly formed Nordlyd Quartet with a tour of all the Nordic countries.
In Troldsalen they perform chamber music by the Finnish composers Jean Sibelius and this year's Festival Composer and Artist in Residence Kaija Saariaho. They are joined in Sibelius's romantic songs by Lydia Hoen Tjore, soprano, and Ingrid Andsnes, piano.
The quartet consists of four students from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and collaborates with Voksenåsen Summer Academy. The quartet's name Nordlyd – Northern Sound – plays on the phenomenon of Nordlys – the Northern Lights, and reflects the origin of its members – Norway, Sweden and Finland.
The quartet explains: 'The Northern Lights are a symbol for all the Nordic countries, and represent the quartet's desire to combine traditional and newly composed music from those countries.'
Kaija Saariaho's work Terra Memoria will also be performed on Thursday 1 June by 1B1 Ensemble in a version for string orchestra.
Aliisa Neige Barrière violin
Alexandra Peral violin
Ester Forsberg viola
Andreas Øhrn cello
Lydia Hoen Tjore soprano
Ingrid Andsnes piano
JEAN SIBELIUS (1865–1957)
Spring is flying, op. 13, no. 4
The diamond on the March snow, op. 36 no. 6
The girl returned from meeting her lover, op. 37 no. 5
Black roses, op. 36 no. 1
Voces Intimae for string quartet, op. 56
KAIJA SAARIAHO (1952–)
Terra Memoria for String Quartet
Lydia Hoen Tjore and Ingrid Andsnes also give a concert in Troldsalen at 18:00 the same day.
The restaurant Spisestedet Troldhaugen offers a light meal in the space between many of the concerts in Troldsalen. The meal must be ordered in advance. Read more and order here.
Bus to Troldhaugen (Round Trip)
CONCERT at 16:00
Departure from Strandkaien, Tourist Information/Mathallen at 15:00
Return from Troldhaugen, departure at 17:30
Festival Composer and Artist in Residence Kaija Saariaho