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Lydia Hoen Tjore & Ole Christian Haagenrud

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Takes you back to one of Grieg’s last great concerts.

On 21 March 1906 Edvard Grieg gave one of his last concerts in the Hals Brothers' Concert Hall in Oslo (known then as Kristiania), along with the young opera singer Borghild Bryhn, who was a student with his wife Nina. Grieg was a mature man approaching the end of his career, while the singer was making her debut.

'Miss Bryhn will have a bright future if she continues to develop. She has a good voice and she learns well … I myself played as well as I could and felt it was a good performance, Nina thought I had never played so well,' wrote Grieg in his journal.

The original concert programme, which has been kept, shows that in addition to the lieder that Borghild Bryhn sang, Grieg also played Moods, the Holberg Suite and Wedding-Day at Troldhaugen. With the concert programme as the starting point pianist Ole Christian Haagenrud and soprano Lydia Hoen Tjore presented the album Concert 1906 in 2023.

Both artists have performed at the Bergen International Festival before. In Troldsalen Hoen Tjore and Haagenrud will replicate some of the mood of the concert in Kristiania over a hundred years ago, and will relate stories from Grieg's own notes and letters.

Image: Lydia Hoen Tjore (photo: Oktawian Gornik) and Ole Christian Haagenrud (photo: Lluis Calm Vidal)

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​Ole Christian Haagenrud will also give an evening concert Friday 24 May in Grieg's villa with works from the 1906 concert.

Last Updated: 03/03/2024

Source: Visit Bergen

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