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24 May - 7 June 2023

Lise Davidsen & James Baillieu

Past events:

​Songs from Schubert to Sibelius.

Focus is on the voice, the interaction and the poetry when soprano Lise Davidsen, Artist in residence, joins forces with pianist James Baillieu for a duo recital in Grieghallen. 

The programme boasts a wide spectrum of song cycles and poems set to music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Davidsen and Baillieu perform great verse by Goethe set exquisitely to music by Schumann, Otto Benzon's poetry in Grieg's musical garb, the national treasures of Sibelius and the Seven Early Songs of Alban Berg. 

Lise Davidsen, who has drawn attention and critical acclaim on operatic stages worldwide, experienced huge success last year for her Grieg album with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Their concert at last year's Bergen International Festival with material from the album was a resounding favourite with audiences and critics alike. While Grieg is also on the programme this year, the illustrious soprano takes this opportunity to display a greater breadth of her lieder repertoire. 

'The Norwegian soprano's spellbinding voice was the perfect match for pianist James Baillieu's quicksilver fingers.'  – THE GUARDIAN

Image: Lise Davidsen (photo: Morten Krogvold), James Baillieu (photo: Kaupo Kikkas)


Performance programme (pdf)

​Read about soprano and artist in residence Lise Davidsen here.

  • Music


  • Grieghallen
    Accessible with wheelchair Designed for hearing impaired The venue has serving


​1 h 35 min, incl. interval


Standard: 260/680/720
Senior: 234/612/648
Under 30/student: 200 
FiB Fordel: 182/476/504
BT Fordel: 195/510/540


    • Lise Davidsen soprano
    • James Baillieu piano

Music by

    • Grieg
    • Berg
    • Schubert
    • Sibelius
    • Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
      5 Poems by Otto Benzon, op. 69
      1. A Boat on the Waves Is Rocking
      2. To my Son
      3. At Mother’s Grave
      4. Snail, Snail!
      5. Dreams

    • Alban Berg (1885–1935)
      7 Early Songs
      1. Night
      2. Song amid the reeds
      3. The nightingale
      4. Crowned in dream
      5. Indoors
      6. Ode to Love
      7. Summer days

    • Interval

    • Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
      To Music, D547
      Laughter and Tears, D777
      The young Nun, D828
      Gretchen at the spinning wheel, D118
      The Erlking, D328
      Litany for the Feast of All Souls, D343

    • Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
      5 Sanger, op. 37
      1. The First Kiss
      2. Little Lasse
      3. Sunrise
      4. Was it a dream? 
      5. The girl returned from meeting her lover

      From 6 songs, op. 36
      1. Black roses

Supported by

H. Westfal-Larsen og Hustru Anna Westfal-Larsens Almennyttige Fond

Yvonne & Bjarne Rieber/AS Rika



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