Violinist Marianne Thorsen visits the Bergen International Festival at Ole Bull's home Lysøen with the acclaimed pianist Håvard Gimse.
'I have first and foremost chosen repertoire that I enjoy playing, and I wanted to include Norwegian works that aren't heard so often these days,' explains Marianne Thorsen, who is in demand both as a soloist and a chamber musician.
'Alf Hurum's D minor Sonata appealed to me immediately the first time I heard it, with its extrovert temperament and fresh vitality. We also play Air Norvégien by Johan Halvorsen, one of my favourite works. It is exciting how it combines fantasy, drama and energy,' she continues.
The violinist also has great regard for Tchaikovsky's Souvenir d'un lieu cher (Memory of a dear place): 'The piece makes use of the entire register of the instrument, and the infinitely beautiful tunes give the performer the opportunity to really make the violin sing.'
The duo has not forgotten where they are appearing: they round off the concert with works by Ole Bull.
Picture: Marianne Thorsen, Håvard Gimse (photo: Ilja Hendel)