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Tuesday 26th June, 18:00
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.