Four award-winning string players dazzle – as always.
Vertavo Quartet, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2014, is considered one of Europe's foremost quartets. The four musicians from the county of Buskerud has released over fifty recordings, toured worldwide and in 2016 arranged the first Vertavo Festival in their home county, inviting musician friends from far and wide.
'Four musicians. One quartet. We couldn't wish for a better life,' is the verdict in their autobiography.
In the first of two concerts in Troldsalen they open with Kaija Saariaho's Nymphéa, which according to the composer is inspired by the water-lily, with its beautiful symmetrical form, dark underneath, taking nourishment from the mud on the bottom of the pool.
Of course Vertavo Quartet also play a piece by Grieg before ending the concert with Janáček's Kreutzer Sonata Quartet, inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novel of the same name.
Øyvor Volle violin
Annabelle Meare violin
Berit Cardas viola
Bjørg Lewis cello
KAIJA SAARIAHO (1952–)
EDVARD GRIEG (1843–1907)
String Quartet No 2 in F major, EG 117
LEOŠ JANÁČEK (1854–1928)
String Quartet No 1, 'Kreutzer Sonata' JW 7/8
Norwegian Society of Composers 1917–2017
In celebration of 100 years!
The restaurant Le Chef at 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.
Transport is included in the ticket:
Departure from Strandkaien, Touristinfo/Mathallen at 15:00. Return from Troldhaugen at 17:30
CRESCENDO: Opus13 with Vertavo Quartet
Festival Composer and Artist in Residence Kaija Saariaho