Music from Festival Composer Jörg Widmann with historical roots.
Leif Ove Andsnes says, 'Jörg Widmann is a mulitfaceted composer with a broad register of expression. His music ranges from extremely experimental works to works directly derived from historical music. The two works in this concert belong to the second category. I am highly fascinated by the way Widmann manages to retain his own voice even when he reworks material from – and directly quotes – other composers.'
The Norwegian pianist will perform the work Idylle und Abgrund, a portrait of Franz Schubert. The music alternates between Viennese salon music and pitch-black melancholy.
Andsnes continues, 'String Quartet no. 3, The Hunt, alludes to Mozart's String Quartet with the same nickname. Musically however Widmann uses one of Schumann's early piano pieces, Papillons, op. 2, as the basis for a wild and whimsical chase.'
Widmann's and Mozart's String Quartets are performed by violinists Sonoko Miriam Welde and Ludvig Gudim, violist Eivind Ringstad and cellist Amalie Stalheim, all participants in the Crescendo programme, in which Leif Ove Andsnes is the principal mentor.
Crescendois a mentoring program for young classical musicians under the direction of the Bergen International Festival, Barratt Due Music Institute and the Oslo Philharmonic. The project is supported by Trond Mohn, Bettina Ford Jebsen, Hans Peter Jebsen, The Savings Bank Foundation DNB, Dextra Musica and Talent Norway.