A portrait concert of and by the Festival Composer.
from Germany may be said to be an artist of the old school, since he not only composes, but also conducts and plays. This concert paints a complete picture of the 2020 Festival Composer in all three roles, accompanied by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
As a contemporary composer, Widmann is amongst the most performed in the world. His music often forms a dialogue with classical-romantic composers. In Grieghallen he conducts the Bergen Philharmonic in his own orchestral overture Con Brio
, which takes a playful look at Beethoven’s 7th and 8th Symphonies, and the String Sextet 180 Beats per Minute
, sheer rhythmical delight.
As a clarinettist Jörg Widmann is in demand as a soloist, with several premieres under his belt. In Bergen he performs Mozart’s A major Clarinet Concerto, considered the composer’s greatest. The programme concludes with the Jupiter
Symphony, a work that demonstrates Mozart’s genius to the full.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (photo: Thor Brødreskift), Jörg Widmann (photo: Marco Borggreve)