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26 May - 09 June 2021

Ragnhild Hemsing & the Trondheim Soloists

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The sound of understrings in Peer Gynt.

Ragnhild Hemsing and TrondheimSolistene visit Håkonshallen with Edvard Grieg's music performed on Hardanger fiddle, violin and string orchestra.

'Edvard Grieg said the suite was inspired by Norwegian folk music. With that in mind, my wish throughout this project is to dive deeper in Grieg's Peer Gynt music and examine the exciting place where folk music and art music meet,' says Ragnhild Hemsing. Through her formative years she played art music and folk music side by side, and has always been fascinated by the similarities and contrasts in performance styles and sound pictures.

'This is what I want to accentuate here with the Peer Gynt music in a new guise. The understrings are the very heart of the Hardanger fiddle, and resonating constantly as they do, I think they give rise to intriguing tone colours,' Ragnhild explains, and continues, 'The theme at the beginning of Morning corresponds with the tuning of Hardanger fiddle understrings. We are also familiar with Peasant Dances op. 72, in which Grieg arranged Hardanger fiddle tunes played by master fiddler Knut Dale for piano solo.'

For this concert in Håkonshallen Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites no. 1 and 2 (op. 46 and 55) have for the first time been arranged specifically for string orchestra with solo Hardanger fiddle and violin.

'I greatly appreciate collaborating with TrondheimSolistene, an eminent string orchestra I have enjoyed playing with several times before, and Tormod Tvete Vik has arranged the music beautifully,' says Ragnhild Hemsing.

Watch a pre-concert conversation with Ragnhild Hemsing and artistic director of the Trondheim Solists Geir Inge Lotsberg here.

 Photo: Nikolaj Lund


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The Bergen International Festival is carried out in accordance with the government's and local authorities' current requirements and guidelines for COVID-19. Read more here.

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​1 h 30 min, incl. interval


At the venue
Standard: 490
Senior: 441
Under 30/student: 190
BT Fordel: 367

Digital event
Standard: 250
Under 30/Student: 150
BT Fordel: 180
Household: 400

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    • The Trondheim Soloists
    • Geir Inge Lotsberg artistic director
    • Ragnhild Hemsing violin, fiddle

Music by

    • Valen
    • Thoresen
    • Grieg


    • Fartein Valen (1887–1952)
      Legend, op. 1

    • Lasse Thoresen (1949–)
      Skyggers drøm (Shadows' dream), op. 55

    • Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
      Peer Gynt suite no. 1, op. 46
      1. Morning Mood
      3. Anitra´s Dance
      Arr.: Tormod Tvete Vik 

      Peer Gynt suite no. 2, op. 55
      4. Solveig´s Song
      1. The abduction of the bride – Ingrid’s Lament
      Arr.: Tormod Tvete Vik 

      Peer Gynt, op. 23
      3a. Halling
      Arr.: Tormod Tvete Vik 

    • Interval

    • Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
      Peer Gynt suite no. 2, op. 55
      2. Arabian dance
      3. Peer Gynt’s homecoming
      Arr.: Tormod Tvete Vik 

      Peer Gynt, op. 23
      3b. Springar
      23. Solveig’s cradle song
      Arr.: Tormod Tvete Vik 

      Scenes of country life, op. 19
      2. The bridal procession passes
      Arr.: Tormod Tvete Vik 

      Peer Gynt suite no. 1, op. 46
      2. Åse’s death
      4. In the hall of the Mountain King
      Arr.: Tormod Tvete Vik 

Supported by

The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica


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