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070 The Composers’ Homes BE RGE N INTE RN AT I ON AL FE STIVAL 2016 FOU N DAT I ON S TRO LDH AUGE N TRO LDSALE N T ROL DH AU G E N T ROL DSA L E N DATE / TIME OT H E R Saturday 28 May at 19:00 Entrance to the museum/ Grieg’s Villa and transportation included in the ticket. See page 105 for details DURATIO N OTH E R Entrance to the museum/ Grieg’s Villa and transportation included in the ticket. See page 105 for details TICKE T Standard: 270 Under 30: 150 Festival Card: 30 % discount BT Fordel: 25 % discount Several young soloists are taking part in the Bergen International Festival for the first time, and in the spirit of Ole Bull there are also instruments of world-class quality in Bergen: Two Stradivarius instruments from The Sveaas foundation are played by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Norwegian Concertmaster David Coucheron, and cellist Andreas Brantelid. The latter can be heard both in Håkonshallen and in the more intimate setting of Grieg’s villa. In addition, you can meet Norwegian-British Charlie Siem at Lysøen with a Guarneri del Gesù violin that once belonged to Yehudi Menuhin; one of the greatest violin virtuosos of the twentieth century. The enchantingly combined sound of this violin and Ole Bull’s own Guarneri can be heard at Bull’s home. 070 B E RG E N IN T E RN AT ION A L F E ST IVA L 2 01 6 07 1 m m 1:00 Concerts in the homes of composers are influenced this year by a Norwegian repertoire under the curatorship of Peter Herresthal. Works by Grieg, Hall, Sæverud, Bull, Skouen, Kvandal and others lead towards the celebration next year of the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Society of Composers. FOU N DAT ION S Louis Lortie Irrespective of what he plays, ‘Lortie has it all’ – the verdict of the Daily Telegraph reviewer after a Louis Lortie concert in Wigmore Hall in March 2015. The French Canadian pianist has throughout a long career concentrated on a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky, and has made over thirty recordings to prove it. He is often praised for his superb technique, but he himself is more concerned about playing from the heart. ‘Everybody plays well now. What matters is the concept, the mind and soul behind the playing’, he said in an interview. With a view over Nordås lake and Grieg’s composing hut, concerts in Troldsalen are a special experience. On this occasion you can hear Grieg’s only Piano Sonata, which he wrote at the age of 22 – contemplative, coloured by German romanticism, inspired by his years of study in Leipzig. Louis Lortie also plays Brahms’s third Piano Sonata. He is convinced that Brahms’s music encompasses echos from great composers before him, and is interested in the inspiration he derived from contemporaries such as Schumann and Beethoven. Louis Lortie piano T IC K E T Standard: 270 Under 30: 150 Festival Card: 30 % discount BT Fordel: 25 % discount CRESCENDO Christian Svarfvar & Helge Kjekshus DAT E / T IME DU RAT ION Sunday 29 May at 18:00 1:00 Grieg’s ‘Norwegian Sonata’ in European company. In this concert the Swedish-Norwegian duo performs Grieg’s second Violin Sonata, often referred to as the ‘Norwegian Sonata’. It was composed during Grieg’s intense honeymoon in Oslo. ‘We have a long and close relationship to Grieg’s sonata – it is pure inspiration and joy. For the Bergen International Festival concert we have put it alongside the sonata in which Schumann treats his own schizophrenia – fragmentary, melodic, virtuoso, intense and intimate all at the same time. The immensely beautifu