Since its inception 15 years ago the Dextra Musica Foundation has built up a collection of over 120 string instruments – both historical and modern – which are lent out to musicians.
Historical instruments are known for their unique, personal tone. At this concert you can experience several Dextra instruments in ensemble, played by some of Norway's top musicians.
Double bass player Cécile-Laure Kouassi hosts this festival concert, in which classical music jewels are juxtaposed with music of the present day. The programme includes music by the American artist and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw and the Norwegian composer Anna Berg, alongside the peaceful Sicilienne of François Couperin and Last Round, Golijov's moving, passionate tribute to Astor Piazzolla.
The programme is focused on a quest for the universal essence of music through time and space. What are the shared features of Parisian baroque music and Maurice Ravel's free impressionism? And what does Richard Strauss's iconic romantic work Metamorphosen (1945) have in common with György Ligeti's avant-garde quartet Métamorphoses nocturnes (1953)?
Image: Cécile-Laure Kouassi (photo: Anna-Julia Granberg)