Digital Concert: Grøvlen & W. Andersen
PREMIERE 25 December at 19:00 CEST: A peaceful Christmas Day evening with music and storytelling by pianist Christian Grøvlen and actor Bjørn Willberg Andersen
KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes invites you to a magical Christmas night in Edvard Grieg’s home at Troldhaugen. Three free digital concerts for you to enjoy – no matter where you are. A Christmas gift from us in Bergen to all of you.
About the program
This concert is in a way a Christmas evening. It opens with an English Christmas song arranged for piano by Percy Grainger, Grieg’s favourite pianist towards the end of his life. The piece is dedicated to the memory of Edward Grieg in love and admiration.
Next is Grieg’s first collection, Lyriske Stykker op.12, which was published in December of 1867, followed by two “Christmas cards” from the other two composer house museums in Bergen. “Kristi-Blodsdråper” is the first piece in the collection Slåtter og Stev from Siljustøl. Especially for this occasion, Wolfgang Plagge has written a musical reflection of “I ensomme stunde” by Ole Bull. This serves as a salutation from Lysøen, a commentary on the increased degree of loneliness during this year’s pandemic, and a hint of the theme of the program for next year.
Actor Bjørn Willberg Andersen from Den Nationale Scene reads the moving Christmas tale “Little Match Girl” by HC Andersen. The concert is concluded with five Christmas songs in Grøvlen’s own arrangements for piano.
About the artists
Christian Grøvlen is a Norwegian pianist. He made his debut with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in 2019 and with the The Norwegian National Opera Orchestra in 2020. In 2017, his first recording “Bach - Inside Polyphony” was released to rave reviews in 2L. In 2021, his next album "Eventyr" will be released. Grøvlen has been awarded the Robert Levin Prize, the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize and the Statens Kunstnerstipend. From 2020, he is also the director of KODEs Composer Homes.
Bjørn Willberg Andersen has been employed at Den Nationale Scene (DNS) in Bergen since 1988. He has been a part of many theatre performances at DNS, among others, “La Cage aux Folles”, “Hellemyrsfolket”, “Hamlet“ and “Vår ære/vår makt”. He has also performed in a wide variety of film, radio and television productions. In 2017, he debuted as a playwright with the musical theatre performance “Engler over Møhlenpris”, which he also acted in. Andersen received the Pernillestatuetten award in 1996 for his work as an actor.
Percy Grainger (1882-1961):
The Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol
Lyriske stykker I / Lyric Pieces I, Op. 12
(dedicated to Betty Egeberg)
Vals / Waltz
Vektersang / Watchman’s Song
Alfedans / Fairy Dance
Folkevise / Folk Song
Norsk / Norwegian
Albumblad / Album Leaf
Fedrelandssang / National Song
Harald Sæverud (1897-1992): Slåtter og stev fra Siljustøl, Suite 1 op. 21
Wolfgang Plagge (1960 -): Solitude
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1775):
Bjørn Willberg Andersen leser: Piken med svovelstikkene
Christian Grøvlen (1990 - ): Fem julesanger
Jeg synger julekvad
Mitt hjerte alltid vanker
Sang til juletreet
Det hev ei rose sprunge
Deilig er Jorden
- 25. December 2020 to 31. December 2020
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* Free for all!