A TRIBUTE TO BEETHOVEN
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.
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
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.
ArtistsSveinung Bjelland, piano
DateFriday 30.07 at 7.30 pm