Twin concerts from an exceptional orchestral family.
Viola player Lars Anders Tomter, clarinettist Sharon Kam and pianist Christian Ihle Hadland give two concerts together in the concert hall at Troldhaugen.
'We combine three instruments that are at one and the same time similar and dissimilar. They belong to different families of instruments, but have a very similar register,' says Lars Anders Tomter, who is in charge of programming.
There is little music written for the combination of viola, clarinet and piano. Mozart was the first to do so, with his Kegelstatt (Bowling Alley) Trio. Add Schumann's Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) and the original repertoire is complete. Another starting-point for the twin concerts in this year's festival was Brahms's sonatas, which exist in versions for both clarinet and viola.
'The Mozart trio and in particular the Brahms sonatas are both music I could not live without. These composers have really understood the soul of the viola and what it can express,' says Tomter, who was dubbed 'the giant of the Nordic viola' by the music magazine The Strad. Ever since his days as a student he has derived special pleasure from attending the Bergen International Festival, and does so just as much this year: 'Christian Ihle Hadland and Sharon Kam are phenomenal musicians who I love listening to, and Troldhaugen is a totally magical place.'
Lars Anders Tomter viola
Sharon Kam clarinet
Christian Ihle Hadland piano
EDVARD GRIEG (1843–1907)
Cello Sonata in A minor, op. 36
Transcription for viola and piano by Lars Anders Tomter
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tale), op. 132
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano i E flat major, op. 120:2
NB! Tomter, Kam & Hadland give two concerts with different programmes. Click here for details of Tomter, Kam & Hadland 2.
Transport is included in the ticket: Departure from Strandkaien, (Tourist information/Food Hall) at 15:00 Return from Troldhaugen at 17:30
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.