Thursday 23 November 19:30Gullserien | Sølvserie II
Gardner and Augestad
Thursday 23 November
Tett på i foajeen
After the concert: Nachspiel with Tora Augestad
Many composers in the nineteenth century felt the magnetic pull of Goethe’s seminal play Faust. Richard Wagner was among them.
He started an imposing symphony on the subject of fate and fortitude in Paris in 1839. But the symphony wasn’t to be, and instead became a powerful concert overture that tells of Faust’s longing and despair.
Carl Nielsen’s most incendiary symphony was shaped by more real events. In this symphony, Nielsen’s very particular brand of musical energy meets an opposing force that’s determined to smother it, a reflection of Nielsen’s hopes and fears as the First World War ravaged Europe.
Chief conductor Edward Gardner begins his Nordic focus with Nielsen’s great ‘Inextinguishable’ symphony and As if the Law is Everything, a new work for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Henrik Hellstenius, written for Bergen’s own Tora Augestad.