• Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010

    Norway’s Risør Chamber Music Festival Brings Four Concerts to Carnegie Hall December 1 – 4

    NORWAY’S RISØR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
    BRINGS FOUR CONCERTS TO CARNEGIE HALL FROM DECEMBER 1 – 4
    IN FIRST U.S. RESIDENCY

    Artistic Directors Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and Violist Lars Anders Tomter
    Celebrate Festival’s 20th Anniversary With Performances In Collaboration With
    Øyvind Bjorå, Measha Brueggergosman, Maria Angelika Carlsen, Martin Fröst,
    Marc-André Hamelin, Henning Kraggerud, Torleif Thedéen,
    and the Risør Festival Strings
     

     

    The Risør Chamber Music Festival, a renowned summer music festival based in the small scenic fishing village of Risør, Norway, will bring four performances to Carnegie Hall on four consecutive evenings from December 1 – 4 as part of its first U.S. residency. Led by artistic directors, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violist Lars Anders Tomter, the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this season with residencies in Brussels, London, and New York. Carnegie Hall performances in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage and Zankel Hall will include a wide variety of programming including works by Mozart, Brahms, Stravinsky, Honegger, Mahler, and Wagner, along with composers such as Aaron Copland, Danish composer Bent Sørensen, and Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin.

    As previously announced, Mr. Andsnes’s tenure as co-artistic director of the Risør Festival will come to a conclusion with this fall tour. “It's hard to describe how important the festival has been in my life. I came here when I was 20, and Lars Anders asked me to play in the first two festivals, following which he invited me to join him as Artistic Director. I have met so many people through this festival—so many musicians that I have continued having relationships with, recording and touring with, and I’ve met many friends here and learned so much music.”

    For more information on the Risør Chamber Music Festival, including video, interviews, and blog posts, click on carnegiehall.org/risor.

    On Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Risør Chamber Music Festival kicks off its four day residency with a concert in Zankel Hall. The program begins with Bartôk’s Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano featuring violinist Øyvind Bjorå, clarinetist Martin Fröst, and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. The Risør Festival Strings will perform Arthur Honegger’s Symphony No. 2, “Symphonie pour cordes,” Mr. Fröst and Mr. Andsnes will play Alban Berg’s Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, and Mr. Andsnes will team up with pianist Marc-André Hamelin for a rarely performed two piano version of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps.

    The festival continues in Zankel Hall on the following evening, Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m., with two US premieres: Rolf Wallin’s Under City Skin featuring violist Lars Anders Tomter with the Risør Festival Strings, under the direction of Per Kristian Skalstad; and Bent Sørensen’s Schattenlinie, performed by cellist Torlief Thedéen, Mr. Tomter and Mr. Andsnes. Also on the program: Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor featuring Mr. Andsnes and Mr. Thedéen, and Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major with Mr. Fröst, Mr. Andsnes, Mr. Tomter, Mr. Thedéen, and violinist Henning Kraggerud who is set to succeed Leif Ove Andsnes as Artistic Director of the Risør Chamber Music Festival in 2011.

    The Risør Chamber Music Festival moves to Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on Friday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. for a program of Richard Strauss’s Sextet from Capriccio featuring Mr. Kraggerud, Mr. Tomter and Mr. Thedéen; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 with Mr. Andsnes and the Risør Festival Strings; and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arranged by Schoenberg) featuring soprano Measha Brueggergosman. The program continues with Copland’s Clarinet Concerto featuring Mr. Fröst and Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings.

    On Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Risør Chamber Music Festival concludes its Carnegie Hall residency in Zankel Hall with a large and varied program featuring Grieg’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano with Mr. Kraggerud and Mr. Hamelin. Soprano Measha Brueggergosman returns with Mr. Andsnes on works by Liszt, Duparc, Brahms, and Wagner; as well as with a full chamber ensemble in Chausson’s Chanson perpétuelle. The program ends with Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor.

    About the Artists
    The Risør Festival of Chamber Music was established in 1991 to stimulate the musical and cultural life in Risør, Norway and the surrounding region. Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Anders Tomter, as the festival’s artistic directors, have led the festival making it widely recognized in Norway and abroad for the quality and variety of their programs. Thanks to their networks and international careers, they have brought top international artists to Risør throughout the history of the festival. The repertoires cover a broad range of music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The festival also focuses on presenting Norwegian and contemporary music and its directors always play a leading musical role in the festival.

    The musicians stay in the tiny fishing village of Risør throughout the festival week. This creates a special atmosphere, not only among the musicians, but also between the musicians and their audiences. It also enables works for different types of ensembles to be heard at the same concert. The Risør Festival Strings, which is the festival's own orchestra, has existed for as long as the festival itself. The highly talented young people who initially formed the orchestra have developed into a group of musicians who hold many high-profile positions in Norwegian orchestras and ensembles.

    Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmoy, Norway in 1970. He entered Norway's Bergen Music Conservatory in 1986, studying with Czech Professor Jiri Hlinka. By the age of 22, Mr. Andsnes had made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut; that same year, he performed to critical acclaim at the BBC Promenade concerts. Mr. Andsnes made his American recital debut in New York and Washington, D.C., in 1989, and his orchestral debut the following year with The Cleveland Orchestra. He has since performed frequently with the world's major orchestras. Mr. Andsnes is a staunch champion of chamber music and serves as Co-Artistic Director, with Lars Anders Tomter, of the Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway. He has also participated in leading European and American summer festivals, including Aspen, Saratoga, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and New York's Mostly Mozart Festival.

    An exclusive EMI Classics recording artist, Mr. Andsnes has recorded more than 30 discs spanning repertoire from Bach to the present day. He has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and has received many international prizes, including four Gramophone Awards. Last season, in addition to Pictures Reframed, he released Shadows of Silence, featuring a work of the same name by the Danish composer Bent Sørensen and French composer Marc-André Dalbavie’s Piano Concerto. (Andsnes gave the world premieres of both works, at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Proms respectively.) Leif Ove Andsnes led a very successful Perspectives series during the 2004-2005 Carnegie Hall season and on April 7, 2011 at 8:00 p.m., he returns to Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage for a solo recital.

    Lars Anders Tomter is one of today’s most outstanding violists. He studied violin and viola with Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and made his début on both instruments at the age of seventeen. After continuing his studies with Max Rostal and Sándor Vegh, he was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Bartók’s Viola Concerto at the International Viola Competition in Budapest in 1984, and won the Maurice Vieux International Competition in Lille in 1986. Since then his appearances as a viola soloist have been greeted with the highest public and critical acclaim throughout the world.

    Mr. Tomter has performed with major orchestras throughout Europe, collaborating with the most distinguished conductors. He is a regular guest at festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Lockenhaus, Kissingen Summer, BBC Proms, Mondseetage, Styriarte, as well as a number of Scandinavian festivals. His recordings include Walton’s Viola Concerto for Naxos. In addition, he is co-artistic director of the Risør Chamber Music Festival. Lars Anders Tomter is a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He plays a Gasparo da Salò viola dating from 1590.


    Program Information
    Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    RISØR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano
    Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
    Øyvind Bjorå, Violin
    Martin Fröst, Clarinet
    Risør Festival Strings

    BÉLA BARTÓK Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
    ARTHUR HONEGGER Symphony No. 2, "Symphonie pour cordes"
    ALBAN BERG Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps (version for two pianos)
    Tickets: $54, $60
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    Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    RISØR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano
    Martin Fröst, Clarinet
    Henning Kraggerud, Violin
    Maria Angelika Carlsen, Violin
    Lars Anders Tomter, Viola
    Torleif Thedéen, Cello
    Risør Festival Strings

    CLAUDE DEBUSSY Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor
    ROLF WALLIN Under City Skin (US Premiere)
    BENT SØRENSEN Schattenlinie (US Premiere)
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581
    Tickets: $54, $60
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    Friday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    RISØR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Measha Brueggergosman, Soprano
    Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano
    Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
    Martin Fröst, Clarinet
    Henning Kraggerud, Violin
    Lars Anders Tomter, Viola
    Torleif Thedéen, Cello
    Risør Festival Strings

    RICHARD STRAUSS Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449
    GUSTAV MAHLER / ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    AARON COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
    BÉLA BARTÓK Divertimento for Strings

    Tickets: $31, $37, $47, $63, $85, $94
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    Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    RISØR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Measha Brueggergosman, Soprano
    Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano
    Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
    Henning Kraggerud, Violin
    Lars Anders Tomter, Viola
    Torleif Thedéen, Cello

    EDVARD GRIEG Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8
    FRANZ LISZT "Oh! Quand je dors"
    HENRI DUPARC "Au pays où se fait la guerre"
    JOHANNES BRAHMS "Ständchen," Op. 106, No. 1
    RICHARD WAGNER "Im Treibhaus" from Wesendonck Lieder, Op. 91
    ERNEST CHAUSSON Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

    Tickets: $54, $60


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