CHAMBER MUSIC in Børsen TUESDAY, MARCH 12, AT 7:00 PM
The chamber music concert at the Halvorsen Music Festival presents music from the finest repertoire of the Romantic era.
Edvard Grieg's Piano Trio, the only work he wrote for trio, yet among the most performed at festivals. The Andante in C minor features Grieg's unmistakable themes, rooted in the Norwegian musical language. From dark minor to brighter major, melancholic and intense, as we recognize Grieg's music.
F. Mendelssohn wrote two great piano trios. On the program this evening is Trio No. 1 in D minor. An early romantic masterpiece in 4 movements, filled with more beautiful themes than most composers write in their entire careers. Particularly, the first two movements abound with lovely melodies. Then a playful Scherzo, followed by a thrilling finale, where the brilliant composer Mendelssohn unfolds his entire repertoire of composition and expressive ability. Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet in C minor will be performed after the intermission. Brahms' unhappy love for Clara Schumann is expressed in this composition. The first movement (Allegro non troppo) is a stormy movement that alternates between violence and soaring passion. The second movement, Scherzo, is an exciting, frenetic musical conversation. The third movement is a tender love song without words. The warm first theme is introduced by the cello, then becomes a sensual duet between the cello and violin. This music gives us a sense of deep longing, mystery, while the final measures are a poignant farewell. The last movement (Allegro comodo) is again stormy and intense. Music that strikes the listener's heart, intensely and virtuosically captivating.
The concert is in two parts, with an intermission, and lasts until approximately 20:40.
Where: The Børsen building is located at Bragernes Square and was inaugurated in 1871. The Stock Exchange Hall is a very beautiful hall and provides the finest surroundings for experiencing acoustic music. The Stock Exchange has been at the center of royal visits and large official receptions in Drammen. Both King Haakon, King Olav, and King Harald have visited the venue.
The atmosphere surrounding the Stock Exchange concerts is atmospheric, and in addition to experiencing music, it is possible to purchase drinks before the concert and during the intermission. The doors to the hall open approximately 25 minutes before the concert begins.
Tonight's lineup features the following musicians:
Thormod Rønning Kvam A rising pianist who has established himself in the young, Scandinavian elite. He has performed on prestigious stages across Europe and is committed to renewing the classical music tradition.
Catherine Bullock: A renowned solo violist who has performed with leading orchestras worldwide, including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. She is known for her virtuosic performances and has recorded several CDs with Simax.
Birgitte Stærnes: A talented violinist with an impressive international reputation. She has performed at major festivals and in prestigious concert halls worldwide, and her performances and recordings have been praised by renowned music magazines and newspapers.
Marc Coppey: A world-leading cellist known for his intense and engaging interpretations of chamber music. He has collaborated with some of the most prominent musicians and conductors in the world and has a special affinity for contemporary music and lesser-known works.
Together, these musicians constitute an exceptional collection of talent and passion for the music they perform.