Crescendo musicians in a grand combination of master and apprentice.
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Jonathan Biss are Crescendo mentors in 2017. At this concert the two Americans perform with young soloists Guro Kleven Hagen, Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad and Kian Soltani, who have all already become audience favourites at the Bergen International Festival. The mentors also perform with the string quartet Opus13 under the leadership of Sonoko Miriam Welde. All of these young musicians are participants in the ambitious mentoring programme, and as such make their mark on this year’s festival.
The repertoire on this occasion is a collection of late 19th century works; Schoenberg’s dramatic Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), alongside the unusual scoring of Arensky’s String Quartet for two cellos and closing with Dvořák’s Quintet, which has characteristics borrowed from Czech folk music.
Alisa Weilerstein cello
Jonathan Biss piano
Guro Kleven Hagen violin
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad viola
Kian Soltani cello
Sonoko Miriam Welde violin
Edvard Erdal violin
Michael Grolid viola
Frida Tharaldsen Skaftun cello
ANTON ARENSKY (1861–1906)
String Quartet no. 2, op. 35
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874–1951)
Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)
Piano Quintet no. 2, op. 81
Introduction (in Norwegian) by Magnus Andersson at 18:55–19:15
Read more about Crescendo and see all Crescendo concerts at this year's Festival here.