Grieg and Beyond
1 - 12 September 2017
GRIEG In Folk Style from Two Nordic Melodies
ROSS EDWARDS Entwinings (World Premiere)*
GRIEG (arr. Henning Kraggerud and Bernt Simen Lund) Violin Concerto (Sonata) No.3 in C minor (Australian Premiere)
HENNING KRAGGERUD Topelius-Variations (From Topelius' Time) (Australian Premiere)
GRIEG (arr. Richard Tognetti) String Quartet No.1 in G minor
* Commissioned by Rob and Nancy Pallin to celebrate Nancy’s 70th birthday.
Henning Kraggerud Director & Violin
Finland has Sibelius. Denmark has Nielsen. Sweden has ABBA. And Norway has
Norwegian violinist and Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Henning Kraggerud has built a reputation as the world’s leading interpreter of Grieg.
Kraggerud was troubled by the dearth of Norwegian works for violin and orchestra, so he arranged all three of Grieg’s violin sonatas as concertos with orchestral accompaniment.
Concerto No.3, which is replete with folk melodies and rhythms, is Nordic pastoralism at its very best. The String Quartet No.1 is Grieg at the vanguard of new music, with its exotic flavouring. And the melancholic hue of the Two Nordic Melodies, while local in origin, is universal in its appeal and completes this Arctic tableau.
Australian composer Ross Edwards’ new work, Entwinings, continues the Arcadian feel of the program, while bringing a distinctly Antipodean warmth to a concert that draws musical inspiration from opposite ends of the earth.
"Kraggerud’s rich, full-bodied tone and clear articulation captured its virtuosic flair and romantic ardour. Augmented by four woodwinds, the ACO provided sensitive, well-balanced accompaniments while generating powerful, weighty tutti climaxes when required."
"The wild energy and razor sharp ensemble work that typified this concert from the start showed no sign of abating, the orchestra riding sudden soft and madly surging crescendos with power and precision."
Free pre-concert talks
Adelaide Town Hall, with Vincent Plush
Tue 12 Sep 6.45pm
Llewellyn Hall, with Francis Merson
Sat 9 Sep 7.15pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, with Andrew Aronowicz
Sun 10 Sep 1.45pm
Mon 11 Sep 6.45pm
City Recital Hall
Fri 1 Sep 12.45pm, with Francis Merson
Sat 2 Sep 6.15pm, with Francis Merson
Tue 5 Aug 7.15pm, with Francis Merson
Wed 6 Aug 6.15pm, with Francis Merson
Wollongong Town Hall, with Francis Merson
Mon 4 Sep 6.45pm
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