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060 BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2016 FOU N DAT I ON S 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 6 061 m H Å KO N S­H A L L E N DAT E/ T I M E Wednesday 1 June at 19:30 D U RAT IO N 1:40 including interval OT H ER Introduction in Norwegian by Annabel Guaita at 18:55 T IC KET Standard: 420 Under 30: 150 Festival Card: 30 % discount The Trondheim Soloists and Truls Mørk The start of a collaboration between the star cellist and the renowned chamber orchestra. Truls Mørk is looking forward to performing with the Trondheim Soloists, something he has done only once before. This Bergen International Festival concert marks the start of a longer collaboration. Among the works played by Truls Mørk are two Cello Concertos by Luigi Boccherini. ‘Boccherini was the first person to elicit the high notes from the cello, paving the way for the cello as an attractive solo instrument. His style is distinctively personal characterised by elegance, virtuosity and beautiful melody lines with a tinge of melancholy. Boccherini was a child prodigy, and composed the two cello concertos I shall perform, as a teenager,’ Truls Mørk explains. 060 When Truls Mørk was a soloist in the anniversary concert of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra earlier this year, a Bergen newspaper critic wrote: ‘He has a special ability to make the cello sing, particularly in the highest registers (…) the audience gets veritably sucked down on to the stage.’ Truls Mørk, who was in 2002 the first Norwegian to win a Grammy award, has a long international career. In autumn 2015 he made a recording with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and his programme for spring 2016 includes concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. He is currently Artist in Residence with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. Truls Mørk cello Trondheimsolistene m H Å KON S­H A L L E N DAT E / T IME Friday 3 June at 19:30 DU RAT ION 1:30 including interval OT H E R Introduction in Norwegian by Annabel Guaita at 18:55 Standard: 400 Under 30: 150 Festival Card: 30 % discount Ballade, Op. 24 LUIGI BOCCHERINI (1743–1805) Cello Concerto in G major, G 480 Cello Concerto in D major, G 479 IGOR STRAVINSKIJ (1882–1971) Sponsored by Statoil #FE STSPILLEN E16 and Birgitte Christensen T IC K E T EDVARD GRIEG (1843–1907) Apollon Musagète  The Vertavo String Quartet Sponsored by DNV GL A dramatic disruption and a pearl from Mozart. The year 1908 involved great upheavals for Schönberg, both artistically and personally. His wife Mathilde was having an affair, and Schönberg was troubled with jealousy when he resumed work on his second String Quartet. In the later movements he experimented with atonality, starting a new direction for his music. Incidentally, he also wrote in a soprano voice part. He looked to the works of the poet Stefan George for inspiration, which he found in themes of betrayed love and a yearning for death. Never before had Schönberg composed music of such intensity. In this concert it is the soprano Birgitte Christensen who is devoured by the shadows. The Vertavo String Quartet also performs Mozart’s ‘Spring’ Quartet in G major, the first of six dedicated to Joseph Haydn, who is considered the father of the string quartet form. A light, elegant melodic line appears in various variants, contrasting sharply with Schoenberg’s music. The Vertavo Quartet has since its inception over thirty years ago won numerous awards and made many critically acclaimed recordings. The quartet has appeared at the Bergen International Festival on many occasions, often collaborating with classical soloists such as Leif Ove Andsnes but also joining projects in other genres, teaming up with Hot Club de Norvège, Anne Grete Preus and a-ha. Vertavo String Quartet Birgitte Christensen soprano ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG (1874–1951) String Quartet no. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 10 WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791) String Quartet no. 14 in G major “Spring”, KV 387 W W W.F IB.N O 061