Celebrating its hundredth anniversary, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra rounds off the 2020 Bergen International Festival with a programme
devoted exclusively to Mozart. The soloist is Leif Ove Andsnes, who conducts
the orchestra from the piano.
In Grieghallen they perform Mozart’s Piano Concertos nos. 20
and 21 and his Piano Quartet no. 1. He composed all three works in 1785 and
1786, when he was in an extremely creative period which was to change the piano
concerto for ever. In the course of two years he wrote several masterpieces in
the genre, in which he reviewed the roles of the soloist and the orchestra and
created new opportunities for communication and dialogue.
‘At this time a piano concerto would always start with the orchestra presenting different motives and melodies, and when the soloist entered, he or she would play variations on the same material that one had heard from the orchestra. With Concerto No. 20, Mozart does something radically new. He makes the soloist enter with completely different music than what the orchestra has played, thereby creating a contrast and a broader storytelling, where one immediately has the feeling that soloist is an individual, apart from the orchestra,’ explains Leif Ove Andsnes.
recently embarked on a project planned to last for several years, in which he
will make recordings and tours based on these two highly productive years in
The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its first hundred
years this season, and part of the celebration is an international tour in the
autumn of 2019 with Leif Ove Andsnes. The last time the orchestra appeared in
Bergen was seven years ago.