The 2011 Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs from 29 June to 10 July, features a trio of some of Norway’s Premier League classical performers; pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, violinist Ragnhild Hemsing and trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth.
Leif Ove Andsnes
A Cheltenham debut for 2011 is made by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. As the Berlin Philharmonic’s current Artist-in-Residence, and with his current schedule full of A-list concerto and recital appearances in Chicago, Amsterdam and Vienna, Andsnes’ Cheltenham recital will be an illustrious occasion.
The programme spans a century of music composed in Vienna. Two of Beethoven’s sonatas, including his very last, bookend Brahms’ youthful Ballades and Schoenberg’s aphoristic miniatures—the first five of which were composed in a single day, and the sixth written in response to the death of Mahler almost exactly 100 years ago to the day.
‘We can appreciate the mechanics, observe his supreme technique and marvel at the sheer artlessness of his phrasing and discernment of timbre. We can also sense that he and the piano are a single entity, that there seems to be no barrier between how he thinks of interpreting a piece and the manner in which it comes across. But how he does it, who knows?’ Daily Telegraph
‘…this is a truly gifted and powerful musician’
Leif Ove Andsnes at Town Hall, Main Hall
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 19:30
Following on from her brilliant performance at last year’s Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Ragnhild Hemsing is bringing her violin and traditional Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle to Cheltenham, where she’ll be performing both traditional tunes and classical pieces. She’s being joined by Hallgrim Hansegård, an award-winning contemporary dancer who’ll be interpreting her beautiful solo violin sounds.
Folk music: Listening tune, trad.
Folk music: Dancing tune, trad.
Bjarne Brustad: Eventyr suite
1) Natur og Hulder
Ysaye: Partita No 3, "Ballade"
Bach: Solo Partita No 2, D minor
Folk music: trad.
Lasse Thoresen: YR (with dancer Hallgrim Hansegaard)
Ragnhild Hemsing at Town Hall
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 22:00
Tine Thing Helseth
Tine Thing Helseth first came to prominence in 2007 after winning Best Newcomer at the Norwegian Grammy Awards, despite being the first classical artist ever to be nominated. In this concert, the Festival’s first visit to Cirencester Parish Church after its superb restoration, Tine will be joined by rising-star soprano Katherine Watson and Tewkesbury Abbey organist Carleton Etherington for a selection of works, including Handel’s Let the Bright.
Helseth is set to perform an eclectic programme of works which showcase the lyrical capacity of the trumpet. Rising-star soprano Katy Watson joins her and Tewkesbury Abbey organist Carleton Etherington for a selection of works, including Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim.
‘She is not to be missed. She is unique!’ —Leif Ove Andsnes
Tine Thing Helseth at Cirencester Church
Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 18:00
Leif Ove Andsnes, Pianist, Artist
Tine Thing Helseth, Trumpetist