End of season

Grieg Hall Edvard Griegs plass 1, 5015 Bergen Thursday April 28 2022, 19:30

Thursday 28 April at 19.30 in Grieg Hall. Friday 29 April in Vigdartun, Sveio, Fartein Valen Festival.

The Fartein Valen Foundation will mark 2022 as a year of remembrance for the composer, and tonight’s program includes two of his most famous compositions.

The violin concerto was written in 1940 in memory of a young relative, Arne, who died three years earlier. Arvid O. Vollsnes writes that “the music should describe the mood from the night before the boy died and at the same time remind of all the good the boy had given him”. The concert was first performed by the Oslo Philharmonic with Ernst Glaser as soloist in 1947. The excellent concertmaster Alexander Kagan is soloist.

Psalm 121 was composed as early as 1911 when Valen was a student in Berlin, and is based on the Bible’s Psalm 121. The work was first premiered during the Festival in 1984, by Harmonien and Bergen Domkantori under the direction of Karsten Andersen.

Johannes Brahms wrote his third, and in the opinion of many, Beethoven-inspired symphony in the summer of 1883. Clara Schumann wrote to the composer that the whole symphony appeared as “one heartbeat”.

Tonight’s conductor, Dmitry Matrienko, was born in Minsk and in 2021 won the prestigious Malko competition for young conductors.

Dmitry Matvienko, conductor
Ann-Helen Moen, soprano
Alexander Kagan, violin
Edvard Grieg Kor
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Håkon Matti Skrede, choirmaster

Felix Mendelssohn – Hybridene, overture
Johann Sebastian Bach – Coral: Jesus’s My Confidence
Fartein Valen – Violin Concerto
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 3
Fartein Valen – Psalm 121, for choir and orchestra