Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2017


An uncompleted portrait of Mozart

“Despite all the wonderful chamber music Mozart wrote, only a few pieces are regularly performed in chamber music festivals.  So I would like 2017 to be an intense Mozart celebration in which we perform not only the really famous works – such as the Clarinet Quintet and Piano Quartet no. 1  – but also show the diversity of Mozart’s extraordinary music.  How often does one actually hear his great string quartets and quintets or his piano sonatas in concert, or when did you last hear his pieces for two pianos or his lieder?”

“An ingenious aspect of Mozart’s music is his innate understanding of each instrument he writes for.  He really knew the strength of how a clarinet, viola or any other instrument could sound.  So I have asked several of this year’s guest musicians to pick out 20th century solo works that also show the real expression of their instrument including Ligeti’s Sonata for viola (1991 – 94), Esa Pekka Salonen’s Yta III (1987) for cello, Olav Berg’s Vertigo (1992) for bassoon, Takemitsu’s Entre Temps (1986) for oboe and strings, and Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano (1923 – 27).  A major highlight will be Messiaen’s deeply moving Quartet for the End of Time (1941) which will be the focus of a concert in its own right.  Together – as both musicians and audience – we look forward to delving into this wealth of repertoire in what is a uniquely, perfect setting for chamber music – Rosendal.”

– Leif Ove Andsnes

Chr. W. Eckersberg

As a part of the concept for the festival Professor Gunnar Danbolt will curate two exhibitions.  The first will present paintings by the Danish neo-classicist Chr. W. Eckersberg as an artistic parallel to Mozart, and the other is devoted to Olivier Messiaen and his preferences within visual art –  Robert Delauney, Georges Rouault and Georges Braque.  Gunnar Danbolt will give exhibition lectures in Norwegian and English whilst pre-concert talks will take place throughout the festival, presented by Professor Erling Sandmo (in Norwegian) and the American composer and author Jan Swafford (in English).  Jan Swafford will also be joined by Leif Ove Andsnes for a conversation about Mozart’s chamber music genres focusing on the works performed during the festival.

The Rosendal Chamber Music Festival extends deep thanks to the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation, whose meaningful financial support has made the festival’s ambitious artistic goals attainable.

Mozart Timeline: 1756 – 1791

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Thursday 10th August 2017

19:30 - Opening Concert, The Great Hall


  • Larghetto and Allegro for two pianos in E-flat major. Francesco Piemontesi, Leif Ove Andsnes, pianos
  • Piano Quartet in G-minor K478. Francesco Piemontesi, piano; Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tabea Zimmermann, viola; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello
  • Fugue in C-minor for two pianos K426. Francesco Piemontesi, Leif Ove Andsnes, pianos
  • Clarinet Quintet in A-major K581. Martin Fröst, clarinet; Tetzlaff-Quartet

Friday 11th August 2017

11:00 - Talk, The Great Hall

Jan Swafford in Conversation with Leif Ove Andsnes.
«Mozart`s chamber music»

14:30 - The Great Hall


  • String Quartet in D-minor K421. Tetzlaff-Quartet


  • Sonata for viola solo (1991-94). Tabea Zimmermann, viola


  • Quintet in E-flat major K452. Martin Fröst, clarinet; Mizuho Yoshii, oboe; Audun Halvorsen, bassoon; José Vicente Castelló, french horn; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
17:30 - Lecture On The Exhibition, Castle Courtyard

Gunnar Danbolt (in Norwegian)

18:30 - Lecture On The Exhibition, Castle Courtyard

Gunnar Danbolt (in English)

22:00 - Church

Introduction by Gunnar Danbolt


  • Quatour pour la fin du temps (1941). Martin Fröst, clarinet; Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello; Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Saturday 12th August 2017

10:00 - Pre-Concert Lecture, The Great Hall

Erling Sandmo (in Norwegian)

11:00 - The Great Hall


  • Oboe Quartet in F-major K370. Mizuho Yoshii, oboe; Elisabeth Kufferath, violin; Hanna Weinmeister, viola; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello
  • Violin Sonata in G-major K379. Christian Tetzlaff, Leif Ove Andsnes, piano


  • Vertigo (1992). Audun Halvorsen, bassoon


  • Piano Sonata No. 10 in C-major K330. Francesco Piemontesi, piano
14:00 & 16:00 - Concert Walk At The Castle


  • MOZART Horn Quintet in E-flat major K407. José Vicente Castelló, french horn; Sonoko Miriam Welde, Violin; Hanna WeinmeisterMichael Grolid, violas; Frida Tharaldsen Skaftun, cello


  • MOZART Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major K333. Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano


  • Refreshments and a short talk about the history of the Manor House


  • MOZART Piano Trio in E-major K542. Sonoko Miriam Welde, violin; Frida Tharaldsen Skaftun, cello; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
18:00 - Pre-Concert Lecture, The Great Hall

Jan Swafford (in English)

19:00 - The Great Hall


  • Trio in E-flat major K498 “Kegelstadt”. Martin Fröst, clarinet; Tabea Zimmermann, viola;  Francesco Piemontesi, piano


  • Two Songs Op. 91. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Tabea Zimmermann, viola; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano


  • Yta III (1987). Tanja Tetzlaff, cello


  • String Quartet in E-flat major K428. Tetzlaff Quartet

Sunday 13th August 2017

11:00 - Pre-Concert Lecture, The Great Hall

Erling Sandmo (in Norwegian)

12:00 - The Great Hall


  • Divermento in F-major K138. Opus 13


  • Entre temps (1986). Opus 13, Mizuho Yoshii, oboe


  • Sonata for Violin and Piano in G-major (1923-27). Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano


  • String Quintet in G-minor K516. Opus 13 Quartet; Tabea Zimmermann, viola
15:00 - Pre-Concert Lecture, Church

Erling Sandmo (in Norwegian)

16:00 - Closing Concert, Church

Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano & Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano


  • Komm lieber Zither, Komm K351
  • Als Luise die Briefe K520
  • Abendempfindung K523
  • An Chloe K524


  • Suite in C Major K399


  • Arianna a Naxos, Hob.XXVIb:2


  • Em sommardag
  • Svanvits sång
  • En ung flckas morgonbetraktelse


  • Romanze aus Rosamunde D797 (Der Vollmond strahlt)
  • So lasst mich scheinen
  • Die Sterne D939


  • Rondo in A minor, K511


  • Der Winterabend D938
  • Waldesnacht D708