Concert: Amalie Stalheim and Britten 

Sunday, 6 February, 13:00: The cellist Amalie Stalheim kicks off the Year of Queer Culture’s musical programme. Alone on stage she will fill the Troldsalen concert hall with an intimate, personal performance of works by Benjamin Britten, Johann Sebastian Bach, and one of our own era’s most prominent composers, Kaija Saariaho.  

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Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the last century. Britten lived his entire adult life with the tenor Peter Pears, who was both his life partner and muse.  For most of Britten’s life, however, homosexuality was criminalized. Several of his works explore topics such as alienation, stigmatization, and emotional turmoil, and it is hard not to see at least some of this through an autobiographical lens. 

About the artist 
The award-winning cellist Amalie Stalheim has played as a soloist with several leading orchestras both nationally and internationally and is an active chamber musician. Last year she won the Norwegian Soloist Prize.

In recent years, Stalheim has collaborated with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Yo-Yo Ma, Leif Ove Andsnes, Kathryn Stott, and Christian Ihle Hadland. She plays on a cello made by F. Ruggieri in 1687, generously on loan from Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation. 

Year of Queer Culture 2022
During the Year of Queer Culture, KODE will explore music made by norm-breaking composers over the centuries. Several of the foremost classical composers in history were also queer. Many of them lived in a constant state of emotional turmoil and in many cases kept their orientation hidden. It is easy to imagine that these burdens influenced the music they wrote.

Program 
Amalie Stalheim, cello 
Concert in Troldsalen at 13:00 

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Suite No. 1, Op. 72.     

Kaija Saariaho (1952): Sept Papillons  

Jostein Stalheim (1960) Kluhmi

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Cello Suite No.3  

 

 

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Amalie Stalheim (foto: Nicolaj Lund)