Bergen International Festival 2015 English catalogue - Page 50

050 BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2015 FOU N DAT I ON S Ole Bull’s homes FOU N DAT ION S B E RG E N IN T E RN AT ION A L F E ST IVA L 2 01 5 0 51 Lysøen Christopher Tun Andersen with Gunnar Flagstad LYSØ E N DAT E / T IME DU RAT ION 1 :00 Saturday 30 May at 11:30 & 14:30 'It is no coincidence that the music of both Ole Bull and Niccolo Paganini feature in this programme. Robert Schumann had high regard for Ole Bull's playing, as he did for Paganini's. Both violinists have composed extremely virtuoso works, vying with each other to produce the best technical innovations and challenges,' says the young violinist Christopher Tun Andersen. Accompanied by Gunnar Flagstad on the piano he performs works including Ole Bull's demanding Bellini Variations in the composer's fairy-tale castle. m LYSØ EN T IC KET * Full price: 600 Under 30: 150 Transportation included in the ticket. More information on page 84. *Festival card: 40 %–30 % discount The beautiful villa on Lysøen – the Island of Light – was built in 1873 as a summer residence for Ole Bull, the Norwegian violin virtuoso and composer. It is something of a fairy-tale castle with its onion domes and intricate ornamenta­ tion. For many, the boat journey to the island culminating in a concert in Ole Bull’s unorthodox sitting room is a valued tradition. Ole Bull’s villa at Valestrand on the isle of Osterøy is another Festival venue. The architecture is heavily influenced by National Romanticism, and was among the first houses in Norway designed in dragon style. The house became an important artistic meet­ng place in Ole Bull’s lifetime. i Herresthal explains: ‘The theme running through this series of concerts is the Norwegian composer Olav Anton Thommessen. With a twinkle in his eye he has incorporated Bergen composers and other celebrities into his music. During the festival we can experience miniature performances from several fancifully entitled works: Bulls'hit (for violin), the virtuoso piece EingeBacht, the grandiose sE Det VAR Det (meaning ‘Look, that’s it’, but note what the capitals spell), built over Grieg’s Ballade, and his fabulous Mendelssohn-inspired Piano Trio Scherzofonia/Scherzofrenia, which has been performed only once before, at the 1982 Bergen International Festival.’ Many of this year’s Festival concerts at Lysøen, Valestrand, Siljustøl and Troldhaugen are curated by professor Peter Herresthal at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Supported by the Anders Sveaas Charitable Foundation 050 W W W.FIB.N O Christopher has been the Norwegian contestant in some of the world's greatest violin competitions, and he performs virtuoso repertoire with an exuberance rarely heard in Norway. He arrives in Bergen direct from a solo performance in Berlin of Sinding's virtuoso A minor suite, which is also on the Lysøen programme, along with an Olav Anton Thommessen world premiere and works by Brahms and Wienawski. Elise & Henninge Båtnes LYSØ E N DAT E / T IME Sunday 31 May at 11:30 & 14:30 DU RAT ION 1 :00 The Båtnes sisters invade Lysøen with Bull, Thommessen, Nordheim and Mozart on the programme. 'I am really looking forward to giving a concert with my sister; it's always particularly enjoyable,' says Elise Båtnes. Christopher Tun Andersen violin Gunnar Flagstad piano Elise and Henninge are respectively concert master and principal viola in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. They have played together in the award-winning Vertavo Quartet and their CD of duos received high critical acclaim. They have long experience as chamber musicians and soloists, and both have toured internationally. In association with the Norwegian Academy of Music with regard to period and character. Even though the instruments themselves are relatively small, the combination has unfathomed power and expressivity in store. The programme ranges from Mozart to the present day, which will hopefully give the audience a rounded experience,' says the violinist. 'Repertoire is of course limited for violin and viola as a duo, but it is great fun to play such varied music W W W.F IB.N O Elise Båtnes violin Henninge Båtnes Landaas viola 0 51