When asked how he could compose such exquisite music, Robert Schumann explained, 'You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you've looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.'
To a great extent the German composer lived out the Romantic artistic ideal, in which music and poetry unite to create art on a higher plane. For long periods of his life he concentrated on a single genre at a time; in 1840, the year he married Clara Wieck, he composed almost 140 songs.
In this concert Mari Eriksmoen, soprano, and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano, perform songs from Myrthen (Myrtle – the shrub), Schumann's wedding gift to his wife.
Leif Ove Andsnes has long been the principal mentor in the Crescendo programme, which connects young classical musicians early in their careers with experienced artists, so that they may listen, learn and play together. In Håkonshallen Andsnes and Crescendo's string quartet perform Schumann's piano quintet, a great, exuberant work considered one of his finest. The programme also includes the chamber music work Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in Folk Style), performed by cellist Sandra Lied Haga and pianist mentor Andsnes.
This concert will also be broadcast on NRK and bt.no
Collage: Mari Eriksmoen (photo: Astrid Waller), Leif Ove Andsnes (photo: Gregor Hohenberg), Edvard Erdal (photo: Svein Ove Søreide), Amalie Stalheim (photo: Nikolaj Lund), Sonoko Miriam Welde (photo: Bård Gundersen), Sandra Lied Haga, Eivind Ringstad (photo: Nikolaj Lund).
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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.