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26 May - 09 June 2021

POSTPONED: Lise de la Salle

When do we dance?

Next event:
This concert will not take place during the 2021 Festival.

​French pianist Lise de la Salle has created the programme for her Festival concert around what she considers to be two of the most important components of music; rhythm and movement.​

During the Bergen International Festival, Lise de la Salle will be performing in the medieval Håkonshallen. Her concert programme in entitled 'Shall we dance?' and is an ensemble of short and attractive pieces. Together the works create a journey through four different cultures: France, Spain, the Slavic countries and finally USA, with music from early jazz, ragtime and transcriptions by the American jazz pianist Art Tatum who transferred several classical works to jazz style. Piazzolla's Libertango, Bartók's Romanian folk dances and Ravel's Valse nobles et sentimentales are among the other works in the programme. 

Lise de la Salle made her first record at 14, and has since convinced critics again and again with her prize-winning albums and international concerts.  Gramophone Magazine described the pianist from Northern France as 'a talent in a million' and Washington Post wrote that the audience had to remember to breathe for much of her concert. She has established herself as one of today's exciting young artists and as a musician of real sensibility and maturity. This is her first performance at the Bergen International Festival. 


This event has been postponed and will not take place during the 2021 Festival as previously announced. Updated details for the event will be announced.

By launching performances and artists as they are confirmed, the Festival would like to draw attention to the work our wonderful artists do, though the pandemic may cause numerous changes to the final festival programme.

Foto: Philippe Porter. Foto øverst: Stéphane Gallois



1 h 30 min


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    • Lise de la Salle piano

Music by

    • Ravel
    • Debussy
    • Saint Saëns
    • Bartók             
    • Stravinskij               
    • Skrjabin                 
    • Rakhmaninov                   
    • Ginastera                     
    • de Falla                       
    • Piazzolla                         
    • Gershwin                           
    • Bolcom                             
    • Waller
    • Tatum


    • Franch Touch
    • Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    • Valses nobles et sentimentales

    • Claude Debussy (1862–1918)

    • Camille Saint Saëns (1835–1921)
      Étude en forme de valse

    • Slavic Soul
    • Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
      Romanian folk dances, Sz 56 .
      1. Joc cu bâtǎ. Allegro moderato
      2. Brâul. Allegro
      3. Pê-loc. Andante
      4. Buciumeana. Moderato
      5. Poargǎ româneascǎ. Allegro
      6. Mǎrunţel. Allegro

    • Igor Stravinskij (1882–1971)
    • Aleksandr Skrjabin (1872–1915)

    •  Sergej Rakhmaninov (1873–1943), arr. Vjacheslav Grjaznov
      Italiensk polka

    • Pause

    • Spanish Influence
    • Alberto Ginastera (1916–83): 
      Argentine dances, op 2
      1. Danza del viejo boyero
      2. Danza de la moza donosa
      3. Danza del gaucho matrero
    • Manuel de Falla (1876–1946)
      Ritual Fire Dance

    • Astor Piazzolla (1921–92) 

    • American Dream
    • George Gershwin (1898–1937)
      When do we dance? Fra Tip-Toes

    • William Bolcom (1938–)
      Gracious Ghost rag

    • Fats Waller (1904–43)
      Viper's Drag

    • Art Tatum (1909–56)
      Tea for Two

Supported by

​The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica


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