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Tuesday 25/6 2019 

at 6 pm


Opening Concert

“jau, so sa dei, eg laug, og sume, dei kalla meg Diktar, attpaa” (“Yes, they said, I lied, and some even called me the poet to boot”)

These are the words of the opening song by Olav Kielland. We only hope there will be as much poetry and ‘lies’ as possible during this festival, which literally offers poetry at its best in the form of vocal music. As a composer, Kielland delved deep and wrote music that captures the very essence of folk music.

Brahms’ endearing ‘Love Song Waltzes’, on the other hand, are a cornucopia of charm and offer reflections on love that do not take themselves too seriously. With Brahms in exceptionally good spirits – and with waltz time in all its charming nuances – it is not surprising that Liebeslieder are among his most popular works.

The unique collaboration between Eldbjørg Hemsing and the Chinese star composer Tan Dun have resulted in several violin concertos written especially for her. Tan Dun, most widely known for his scores for movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, also wrote the impressive and picturesque music for the Chinese film Heroin 2002. A violin sonata based on the film score followed in 2010.

True to tradition, the festival aims to impress by concluding with one of the most compelling chamber pieces ever written – Schumann’s Piano Quintetis an obvious choice. With its transcendentally beautiful melodies, virtuosity and darkness, it is a masterpiece that weaves together movements and themes into a profound whole.


  • Olav Kielland (1901 – 1985)

 Ferdamann, op. 17, nr. 6 (1951)

Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzosopran og Nils Anders Mortensen, klaver

  • Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Liebesliederwalzer, op. 52 (1868)

Tekst: Georg Friedrich Daumer

Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzosopran, Ann-Helen Moen, sopran, Anders Jerker Dahlin, tenor, Thomas E. Bauer, baryton, Georgy Tchaidze, klaver og Nils Anders Mortensen, klaver


  • Tan Dun (1957*)

Hero Sonata (2010)

Eldbjørg Hemsing, fiolin og  Ingrid Andsnes, klaver

  • Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

Klaverkvintett i Ess-dur, op. 44 (1842)

Allegro brillante

In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente

Scherzo: Molto vivace

Allegro ma non troppo

Nils Anders Mortensen, klaver og  Engegårdkvartetten

Concert hall: Risør Church

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