Conducted by Andrew Litton and featuring soloists Gautier Capucon (cello) and David Garrett (violin), the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra heads out on a Danish/German tour in mid- to late March.

The programmes for the March performances are as follows:

Programme:

Munich 15 March:

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto

Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Regensburg 17 March:

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto

Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Cologne (Kölner Philharmonie) 18 March

Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Harald Sæverud: Sinfonia Dolorosa

Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Stuttgart (Liederhalle) 19 March

Harald Sæverud: Sinfonia Dolorosa

Bela Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 1

Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Copenhagen (Denmark Radio Concert Hall) 21 March

Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Sergej Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Background

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765 and is thus one of the world’s oldest orchestras. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra and was its artistic director during the years 1880-82.

The modern orchestra owes much to Harald Heide, who was artistic director from 1908 until 1948, and to Karsten Andersen who held the post from 1964 until 1985. Principal conductors since then have been Aldo Ceccato, Dmitri Kitayenko, Simone Young and, with effect from 2003, the American conductor Andrew Litton, who is now the orchestra’s Music Director.

The orchestra has 97 players, tours regularly, and is participating at the Bergen Festival on an annual basis. During the last few seasons the orchestra has played in the Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, and in Carnegie Hall, New York.

The orchestra has made a number of recordings for BIS, and in 2007 received a special award for its recording of all Grieg’s orchestral music from The Grieg Society of Great Britain.

In 2008 the orchestra was awarded the prestigious Spellemannsprisen, «the Norwegian Grammy», for its performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet suites, conducted by Andrew Litton. The orchestra’s latest recording, violin concertos by Glazunov and Tchaikovsky, with Vadim Gluzman as soloist was released spring 2008 to great critical acclaim and was nominated Disc of the Month by Classic fM.

Wrote The Times following BFO’s applauded performance in London’s Royal Albert Hall in august 2007:

"One expects impressive things when famous orchestras visit the Proms. But there’s a special frisson when a less familiar band dazzles. Such was the case with the Bergen Philharmonic, a highly refined and mellow-toned ensemble that has waited 242 years to make its Proms debut, but which rose gloriously to the occasion with – of all unexpected choices – an immaculately prepared performance of Walton’s First Symphony".sd
 
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