Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2016


Franz SchubertFor the first festival which ran from 11-16 August 2016, Leif Ove Andsnes was joined by both fellow Norwegian and international artists including Bertrand Chamayou and Jie Zhang (Piano), Vilde Frang and Guro Kleven Hagen (Violin), Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (Viola), Frida Fredrikke Vaaler Wærvågen and Sol Gabetta (Cello), Marius Flatby (Doublebass), the Brentano String Quartet, Matthias Goerne (Baritone), Mari Eriksmoen (Soprano), Sharon Kam (Clarinet), Peter Whelan (Bassoon) and Ragnhild Lothe (Horn).

For the first festival theme Andsnes chose the year “1828”.  Franz Schubert died on 19 November 1828 at just 31 years old, leaving behind him an extraordinary legacy of over 1500 works.  Despite being severely ill throughout the last year of his life his creativity did not cease to flow and he produced some of his most remarkable works in the final months before his death.  In each festival concert at least one of Schubert’s last works from 1828 were performed: Schwanengesang, Piano Trio Nos. 1 & 2, the String Quintet, Fugue in E Minor and Fantasie in F Minor for 4 hand piano and, last but not least, the touching and life-affirming The Shepherd on a Rock.

Other works included John Harbison’s haunting piano quartet November 19, 1828  (1988) where he imagines the day Schubert dies and the journey the composer makes to “the other side” and Jörg Widmann’s Idyll and Abyss (2009) – an intriguing contemporary piece, focusing on Schubert’s style of piano writing and musical expression.

Paul KleeParallel to the festival, and in cooperation with the KODE Art Museum and curator Professor Emeritus Gunnar Danbolt, Baroniet Rosendal presented an exhibition of pictures by the Swiss painter Paul Klee who was an active amateur musician and whose work had an enormous impact on numerous 20th century composers. In the opening concert we heard Arne Nordheim’s Partita für Paul (1985) comprising five pieces for solo violin inspired by particular Klee paintings. Throughout the weekend, the festival hosted lectures on the last year of Schubert’s life and the musical inspiration of Klee.

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

Thursday, 11th August 2016

19:00 - Opening Night Concert, New Hall

Schubert: String Quartet no. 14 in D minor, D. 810 (Death and the Maiden) [1824]

Brentano String Quartet

Nordheim: Partita for Paul: A partita for violin and electronics [1985]

Guro Kleven Hagen, violin


Schubert: Schwanengesang (“Swan song”), D.957 [1828]

Matthias Goerne, baritone; and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Friday, 12th August 2016

15:00 – Lecture, “Riddersalen” (“Great Hall”)

«Hva var de historiske omgivelsene for Schuberts siste år? Hvilken verden, hvilke mennesker og hvilke ideer var det han forlot?»
Erling Sandmo, professor

17:00 - Concert, "Riddersalen" (“Great Hall”)

Schubert: Deutsche Tanze- 12 German Dances, D. 709 [1823]

Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales [1911]

Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Berg: Fire Stykker- Four Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 5 [1913]

Sharon Kam, clarinet; and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano


Schubert: Piano Trio no. 2 in E flat major D. 929 [1827, published 1828]

Vilde Frang, violin; Sol Gabetta, cello; and Bertrand Chamayou, piano

22:00 - Concert, The Church

Harbison: Nov 19, 1828 – Hallucinations in four episodes for piano and string trio [1988]
Guro Kleven Hagen, violin; Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, viola; Frida Fredrikke Vaaler Wærvågen, cello; and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano


Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956 [1828]
Brentano String Quartet; and Sol Gabetta, cello

Saturday, 13th August 2016

11:00 & 13:00 - Concerts, The Red Room

Schubert: String trio movement in B flat major, D. 471 [1816]
Guro Kleven Hagen, violin; Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, viola; and Frida Fredrikke Vaaler Wærvågen, cello

Schubert: «Arpeggione» sonata in A minor for viola and piano, D. 821 [1824]
Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, cello; and Jie Zhang, piano

Schubert: Sonatina (for violin and piano) No. 1 in D major, D. 384 [1816] Guro Kleven Hagen, violin; and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 946 [1828]
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

15:00 – Lecture, Courtyard

«Maleri & Musikk. Schubert 1828. Kandinskij og Klee.»
Gunnar Danbolt, professor emeritus

18:00 - Concert, "Riddersalen" (“Great Hall”)

Schubert: Fugue in E minor, D.952 [1828]
Jie Zhang and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Widmann: Idyll and Abgrund [2009]
Jie Zhang, piano

Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor [1914]
Vilde Frang, violin; Sol Gabetta, cello; and Bertrand Chamayou, piano


Schubert: Octet in F major, D. 803 [1824]
Brentano String Quartet; Marius Flatby, bass; Sharon Kam, clarinet; Peter Whelan, bassoon; and Ragnhild Lothe, horn

Sunday, 14th August 2016

11:00 – Lecture, The Great Hall

«Den musikken Schubert skrev den siste, korte tiden før han døde, står i et eget lys, den er et musikkhistorisk mirakel. Hva er det som fascinerer oss så sterkt ved den? Hva er det som gir ettertiden en så overveldende følelse av dybde?»
Erling Sandmo, professor

12:30 & 14:30 - Concerts, The Red Room

Schumann: Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tales) for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132 [1853]
Sharon Kam, clarinet; Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, viola; and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Schubert: Piano Trio no. 1 in B flat major, D. 898 [1827-28]
Guro Kleven Hagen, violin; Frida Fredrikke Vaaler Wærvågen, cello and Jie Zhang, piano

18:00 - Concert, The Church

Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, D 934 [1827]
Vilde Frang, violin; and Bertrand Chamayou, piano

Schubert: Suleika 1 D 720 [1822]; and Sei mir gegrüßt D 741 [1822]
Mari Eriksmoen, soprano; and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Schubert: Der Hirt auf den Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock)- a song for clarinet, soprano and clarinet, D. 965  [1828]
Mari Eriksmoen, soprano; Sharon Kam, clarinet; and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano


Debussy: Cello sonata [1915]
Sol Gabetta, cello; and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Schubert: Fantasie in F minor for piano four hands, D.940 [1828]
Bertrand Chamayou and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano