from Germany may be said to be an artist of the old school, since he not only composes, but also conducts and plays. This concert paints a complete picture of the 2020 Festival Composer in all three roles, accompanied by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
As a contemporary composer, Widmann is amongst the most performed in the world. His music often forms a dialogue with classical-romantic composers. In Grieghallen he conducts the Bergen Philharmonic in his own orchestral overture Con Brio
, which takes a playful look at Beethoven’s 7th and 8th Symphonies, and the String Sextet 180 Beats per Minute
, sheer rhythmical delight.
As a clarinettist Jörg Widmann is in demand as a soloist, with several premieres under his belt. In Bergen he performs Mozart’s A major Clarinet Concerto, considered the composer’s greatest. The programme concludes with the Jupiter
Symphony, a work that demonstrates Mozart’s genius to the full.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (photo: Thor Brødreskift), Jörg Widmann (photo: Marco Borggreve)