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Edvard Grieg: Chamber Music Gala

Production year: 2007 | 1*96 | Genres: Music
Grieg-galla 2007
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Grieg-galla 2007
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

This gala concert presents Edvard Grieg as a composer of chamber music and songs performed by internationally acclaimed artists. The instrumental works appear in reverse chronology: in the classically restrained Violin Sonata from 1886 Grieg relinquishes his national style for a ‘broader horizon’, the 1883 Cello Sonata contains several well-known motifs, and the large-scale Ballad for Piano from 1876 caused Grieg so much emotional turmoil that he never performed it in public.

Håvard Gimse, born in 1966 in Kongsvinger, Norway, has been a recurrent guest at the Bergen International Festival ever since 1986, and he played the A minor Concerto in the 1996 closing concert. Since his debut in Trondheim at the age of fourteen he has regularly been a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, in the USA and in Japan. His recordings of piano works by Tveitt, Sibelius, Grieg and Chopin have won high acclaim.

Performed works:
Edvard Grieg: Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3 in C minor, op. 45, Selected songs, Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, Ballad in G minor, op. 24.

The Swedish soprano Kerstin Avemo studied singing at the Open Academy of Stockholm University. Her much hailed performance of the title role in Berg’s Lulu at Göteborg Opera in 2002 immediately launched her onto the international scene.

Leif Ove Andsnes, born in 1970 to music teaching parents on the wind-swept island of Karmøy, about halfway between Bergen and Stavanger in Norway, grew up with music making as a normal part of life. In 1998 he received the Gilmore Artist Award, and he has since won many other awards, including the Best Instrumental Recording at the 2002 Gramophone Awards for Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, played on the composer’s own piano at Troldhaugen.

Julian Rachlin, born in Lithuania in 1974, emigrated to Austria with his musician parents in 1978. He studied with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatoire and took private lessons with Pinchas Zukerman. He frequently participates in major European festivals, and following his successful performance at the Dubrovnik Festival in 2000, he was offered his own festival there, Julian Rachlin and Friends, which is now a regular annual event.

Truls Mørk, born in Bergen in 1961, was initially taught the cello by his father, and continued his studies with Frans Helmersen, Heinrich Schiff and Natalia Schakowskaya. His debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Neeme Järvi in 1992 was highly acclaimed, and in 1997 he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a dedicated chamber musician and appears as a soloist with major orchestras and in recital throughout the world. Truls Mørk’s instrument is a rare Domenico Montagnana (1723).

 Håvard Gimse, born in 1966 in Kongsvinger, Norway, has been a recurrent guest at the Bergen International Festival ever since 1986, and he played the A minor Concerto in the 1996 closing concert. Since his debut in Trondheim at the age of fourteen he has regularly been a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, in the USA and in Japan. His recordings of piano works by Tveitt, Sibelius, Grieg and Chopin have won high acclaim.

The concert was one of the outstanding features of the 2007 Bergen Music Festival. According to the critics, Leif Ove Andsnes's performance of Grieg's extremely challenging piano piece 'Ballad in G Minor' was the undisputed highlight of the concert. Another peak performance was Julian Archlin's rendering of Grieg's fiery third Violin Sonata, in which Rachlin was accompanied by Andsnes. Together with Håvard Gimse, Truls Mørk elevated Grieg's Sonata for Cello and Piano to the quintessence of ensemble playing. An added attraction was soprano Kerstin Avemo's performance of 'Solveig's Song' from the 'Peer Gynt' suite.

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