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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - European tour program


Tuesday 7 February 19:30: Vikingur plays Ravel Piano Concerto

Igor Stravinsky was improvising at the piano one day in 1911 when he had the idea for a new ballet.

His piano would represent the Russian folk puppet Petrouchka, who would suddenly spring to life and ‘exasperate the orchestra with diabolical cascades of arpeggios’. The result was Stravinsky’s big stylistic breakthrough, the haunting ballet for Diaghliev in which the composer depicts homeland with ‘quick tempos, major keys, smells of Russian food, sweat and glistening leather boots.’

Before the snap and crackle of Stravinsky’s most Russian ballet score, Edward Gardner conducts Ravel’s savage sabotaging of a Viennese waltz. La valse is a wild ride that will suck you in to the vortex of its own wicked self-destruction. 

Wednesday 8 February 19:30: Sibelius' violin concerto with Augustin Hadelich

Augustin Hadelich returns to the orchestra for this second special concert prefacing the orchestra’s European tour under chief conductor Edward Gardner.

Hadelich’s exquisitely patient and finely woven recording of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2015. His interpretation of this fire-and-ice concerto forms the centerpiece of a concert that opens with an arrangement of Grieg’s Funeral March for Rikard Nordraak.

No orchestra plays Grieg like the Bergen Philharmonic, and no composer accessed the snap-and-crackle of the early twentieth century symphony orchestra like Sergei Rachmaninoff. His set of three Symphonic Dances is an intoxicating, kaleidoscopic score that takes in soulful reflection and a sprint into the abyss. An adrenalin rush for audience and musicians alike.


  • Last Updated: 11/29/2022
  • Source: Visit Bergen

Tue, February 7, 2023 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

Wed, February 8, 2023 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

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