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A TRIBUTE TO BEETHOVEN


SVEINUNG BJELLAND, PIANO


Year 2020 marked a special occasion; Beethoven’s 250th birthday. There is no doubt that great

composers such as Grieg, Brahms, and Chopin, were all inspired by Beethoven’s music. His Moonlight Sonata was an inspiration for Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu, which he dedicated to Beethoven. Brahms First Symphony bears strong influence of Beethoven’s Fifth. And last but not least, our own Grieg was inspired by Beethoven’s form and musical tradition, and created many beautiful works with Norwegian Folk character.


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Program


E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
Lille Haakon, Op 41
Improvisations on 2 Norwegian Folk Songs, Op 29


 
L.v. BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No 14 in c sharp minor, Op 27
Quasi una fantasia (Moonlight Sonata)

J. BRAHMS (1833-1897)
2 Rhapsodies, Op 79

F. CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Ballade, No 4


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Biographies


SVEINUNG BJELLAND is one of Norway’s leading classical pianists. His recording of Scarlatti and Mendelssohn sonatas received international acclaim and was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannsprisen) in 2006.


It was followed by numerous other recordings. His latest album - released june 2018, containing concertos by Chopin and Schumann - has already received brilliant reviews.

He studied with Hans Leygraf at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the University of the Arts in Berlin. After his studies, which he completed with top marks and special distinction, he received a number of awards and was named “Young Musician of the Year” by the Norwegian Concert Institute in 1999.Since then, Sveinung Bjelland has made a name for himself as an extraordinarily multifaceted pianist. He is much in demand, both as a concert soloist with the leading Norwegian orchestras and as a chamber musician throughout the world.

In October 2008 he made his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. He has collaborated closely with the German tenor Daniel Behle for many years, performing in prestigious halls in London, Vienna, Paris, Munich and Frankfurt. Their three recordings of Die schöne Müllerin, Dichterliebe and Die schöne Magelone received enthusiastic reviews from the international music press.

Sveinung Bjelland served as artistic director of the Gloger Festival in Norway from 2002 to 2008.

Bjelland also teaches at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at the University of Kristiansand.

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Concert Info


Artists

Sveinung Bjelland, piano

Date

Friday 30.07 at 7.30 pm

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Ticket Info


Adult

NOK 345

Student

NOK 260

Child

NOK 210

Bergen Card

NOK 260


THE SCENE

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All concerts are situated in Korskirken - the Church of the Cross, a charming medieval church in the heart of Bergen City...

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