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07 2 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 07 3 m T RO L D H AU G E N GRIEG S VI LL A Joachim Carr T IC KET Standard: 500 Under 30: 150 Festival Card: 30 % discount Brantelid plays Bach’s Cello Suites Sandra Lied Haga OT H ER Transport included in ticket, see page 105 with Ole Christian Haagenrud DATE / TIME DURAT I ON DAT E/T I ME D U R AT I ON Friday 27 May at 22:30 1:00 Saturday 28 May at 22:30 1:00 A special home concert with Grieg’s Cello Sonata and other favourites. Grieg’s villa Experience the atmosphere in Edvard Grieg’s living room Supported by Anders Sveaas’ Almennyttige Fond ‘Edvard Grieg’s Sonata for Cello is one of my favourite pieces, and it is a privilege to be able to play something that beautiful in his own home,’ says Sandra Lied Haga, who is praised by her teacher, Truls Mørk, for her powerful playing. Its gripping melodic line and the combination of deep melancholy and frantic light-headedness have ensured that Grieg’s sonata has a special place in the minds of many cellists. Sandra Lied Haga wants to explore the interpersonal aspect of Grieg’s works, and has also chosen to contrast it with Frédéric Chopin’s Polonaise. Haga and her partner for the evening, Ole Christian Haagenrud, have both won many prizes at home and abroad. ‘Schubert’s six Moments musicaux constitute some of the most beautiful and most moving music for piano ever written. Grieg’s own living room is a highly appropriate intimate space for it,’ says Joachim Carr, who also plays Grieg’s masterpiece Ballade in G minor and mazurkas by Chopin and Adès. The evening’s programme is thus full of exciting contrasts. ‘Adès approaches tradition in a fascinating and thought-provoking way. He is one of few contemporary composers to write idiomatically for the piano,’ he continues. Joachim Carr swept the board at the 2014 International Grieg competition, and has since received further prestigious awards in France, Switzerland and Norway. DU RAT ION Friday 03 June at 22:30 1:00 Honest, bare and beautiful. Bach strikes the deep notes in us. Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied Cello are cornerstones for any cellist. They attempt to reach the core of the music – to find their own Bach. The sound of the cello moves most people. Is this because it resembles the human voice? Bach’s suites have a special ability to move, simultaneously calming the mind and making the lifeblood boil. Enjoy a soirée of the suites interpreted by Andreas Brantelid and enhanced by the intimate atmosphere of Edvard Grieg’s own sitting room. The Danish-Swedish cellist, who made his debut at the age of fourteen with the Royal Danish Orchestra, was the first Scandinavian to win the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. In 2007 he won won the International Paulo Cello Competition. He has since then performed with the foremost Scandinavian orchestras and has appeared regularly at chamber music festivals throughout Europe. Joachim Carr piano Sandra Lied Haga cello Ole Christian Haagenrud piano Sponsored by DNV GL 07 2 Joachim Carr from Bergen evinces great emotions in an intimate format. DAT E / T IME Andreas Brantelid cello Supported by the Oticon Foundation #FE STSPILLEN E16 Sharon Bezaly with Ihle Hadland DAT E / T IME DU RAT ION Saturday 04 June at 22:30 1:00 Golden notes captured by a spring breeze She has been referred to as God’s gift to the flute; the flute she plays is of pure gold. Sharon Bezaly made her debut at the age of fourteen with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and ever since reviewers have vied to surpass one another in superlatives. Her numerous solo recordings have also received coveted awards. Sharon Bezaly is one of a handful of international stars on the flute, and as such has contributed to the creatio n of new works for the instrument. to write for her, as she seems to consider nothing impossible. On this particular spring evening we can hear excerpts from Solo III for solo flute by the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho alongside Grieg’s Romances. Aho composed the work specifically for Bezaly. The Israeli flautist has lived in Stockholm with her family for over fifteen years, and has in that time developed a special relationship to Nordic composers. Accompanying her on the piano is Christian Ihle Hadland, who considers Bezaly to be one of his favourite musicians. Sharon Bezaly flute Christian Ihle Hadland piano Supported by the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute Bezaly’s performance has been likened to a life-affirming, redeeming spring wind – reflecting her characteristic breathing technique and her energy. She particularly enjoys playing nineteenth century composers, but has premiered numerous works. Composers find it enjoyable W W W.F IB.N O 07 3