Season opening with Gardner and Andsnes

Season opening with Gardner and Andsnes



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The new season opens with big statements from Chief Conductor Edward Gardner. 

Few composers so vividly captured their struggle with fate in music as Tchaikovsky did. ‘This is fate’, he wrote to a friend in 1877 as he grappled with the opening notes of his Fourth Symphony, ‘it hangs above your head like the sword of Damacles.’ But by the symphony’s final chapter, Tchaikovsky had found hope from despair, and his music veered towards unstoppable joy. 

Leif Ove Andsnes unlocks the poetry and rhapsody in Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto like no other pianist alive. His performance of this commanding and fascinating work forms the centerpiece of the concert, which opens with the Norwegian premiere of Stravinsky’s Funeral Song – a moving tribute to the composer’s teacher Rimsky-Korsakov that lay undiscovered for over a century.

«... for luminous atmosphere and edge-of-the-seat excitement, Gardner’s Bergen forces offer something special», The Times