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Ellen Nisbeth & Bengt Forsberg


Songs and romance for viola and piano.
Ellen Nisbeth and Bengt Forsberg, both Swedish, perform a programme inspired by nature, with works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Shostakovich.
'I always approach music with a feeling of nature and humankind in nature,' says Ellen Nisbeth.
Tchaikovsky's romantic miniatures, originally written for the piano as a monthly contribution to a St Petersburg music magazine, follow the twelve months of the year in the northern hemisphere. Several of the pieces became extremely popular, in particular the mild, lilting Barcarolle written for the June edition. In Troldsalen April, May and June are joined by several Sibelius songs including Sigh, sedges, sigh and The Diamond on the March snow. The concert ends with the last work Shostakovich ever composed, his Viola Sonata.
Ellen Nisbeth, viola, has been awarded both the Swedish and the Nordic Soloist Prizes, and is currently touring Europe as a Rising Star under the auspices of the European Concert Hall organisation ECHO. Her debut album Let Beauty Awake was released last year. Bengt Forsberg, piano, is in demand for his broad repertoire. In 2016 he released Neglected Works for Piano, featuring exclusively female composers. In the 2018 Bergen International Festival the duo also appear in Grieg's Villa.
'What a night! What bliss all about! I thank my native north country! From the kingdom of ice, snowstorms and snow, how fresh and clean May flies in!' – AFANASY FET (Foreword to Tchaikovsky's May)
Ellen Nisbeth viola | Bengt Forsberg piano
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) from The Seasons, op. 37b (version for viola and piano): April (The Snowdrop), no. 4 | May (White Nights), no. 5 | June (Barcarolle), no. 6
JEAN SIBELIUS (1865–1957) Cantique and Devotion, op. 77 (version for viola and piano): Cantique (Laetare anima mea) | Devotion (Ab imo pectore) (Av allt hjärta) | The Diamond in the snow op. 36 | Autumn evening op. 38 | Sigh, rushes, sigh op. 36 (version for viola and piano)
DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975) Viola Sonata op. 147

Free transport to Composers’ Homes Return transport is included in your Bergen International Festival ticket. Please note that the bus leaves promptly on time. The bus journey to Troldhaugen is approx. 30 min.
CONCERT AT 19:30: Departure from the Tourist Information/Mathallen at 18:00. Return from Troldhaugen, departure at 21:30.

  • Last Updated: 02/20/2018
  • Source: Bergen Reiselivslag

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