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Opening Concert (k1)

Tuesday 26th June, 18:00

Program Notes

This year’s festival opens with Mozart at his most mellifluous with Tamino’s aria from The Magic Flute, where he falls madly in love with a portrait of Pamina. A romantic tale to delight children and adults alike.

Continuing with Amadeus, we’ll be presenting the sonata many of us will have attempted ourselves at one time, No. 15 in C-major, the sheet music of which was an obligatory feature of a cultivated home. This time we’ve let Grieg engird Mozart’s crystal-clear music with his own distinctive, romantic harmonics. The outcome is unusual but beautiful. Periwigs and Norwegian national dress.

Lastly, before stretching our legs, we’ll hear Grieg in all his glory with his Six Songs on Poems by Henrik Ibsen. “You’ll not get anyone better from our parts nowadays,” be they singers, poets or composers.

However, there are others who are equally outstanding. After the break it’s time for a world premiere in Sandefjord: Bent Sørensen’s quintet for accordion and string quartet, ´Dances and Disappearance´, will be played for the first time, a notable and important event, and not just from a Norwegian or Nordic perspective!

We round off with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, one of the three he himself scored with string quartet accompaniment. But our festival composer sticks his head in here too; he’s responsible for the cadenza.

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W.A.MOZART / ´DIES BILDNiS IST BEZAUBERND SCHÖN´ (TAMINO´S ARIA FROM THE MAGIC FLUTE, k.620)
BROR MAGNUS TØDENES, TENOR
accompanied by festival ensemble

W.A.MOZART, ARR. TWO PIANOS BY E. GRIEG / PIANO SONATA IN C, K.545
PIERS LANEKATRINE GISLINGE, PIANOS

Edvard GRIEG / 6 SONGS TO TEXTS BY HENRIK IBSEN, OP.25
BROR MAGNUS TØDENES, TENOR  
PIERS LANE, PIANO

BENT SØRENSEN / DANCERS AND DISAPPEARANCE (WORLD PREMIERE)
DANISH STRING QUARTET
ANDREAS BORREGAARD, ACCORDEON

w.a.MOZART / PIANO CONCERTO NO.12 IN A, K.414 (VERSION with string quartet) 
KATRINE GISLINGE, PIANO
DANISH STRING QUARTET


the program may be subject to change