The 2019 festival closes with Mahler's song-symphony and Chin's playful piano concerto.
Under the baton of Principal Conductor Edward Gardner the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra closes the 2019 Bergen International Festival with Festival Composer Unsuk Chin's Piano Concerto. The soloist is the Korean pianist Sunwook Kim, who has made a recording of the complex work with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra.
'I particularly wanted to emphasise the vitality and the kinetic and virtuoso aspects – the playful side – of the piano,' the composer explains.
The Piano Concerto is known for giving every single instrument in the orchestra an important role, and echoes the influence of Chin's teacher, György Ligeti.
After the interval comes Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (the Song of the Earth), a symphony for orchestra and two singers. It has been described as the composer's best and most-loved work. The song-symphony treats the subjects of longing, love and the inexorable certainty of human transience. Along with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra two world-class soloists – mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova and tenor Toby Spence – sing this year's festival into eternity.
Introduction (in Norwegian) by Gunnar Danbolt at 17:15 in the Grieghallen foyer.