On 24 August, Concerto Copenhagen – Scandinavia's leading Baroque orchestra and one of the most innovative ones worldwide – will meet the world-renowned Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes for a concert in Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen.
Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto represents for many people the ultimate, quintessential Norwegian music. Understandably enough, as the inspiration of Norwegian folk music is clearly discernible throughout the piece. Notwithstanding, Grieg did not compose the piano concerto surrounded by Norway’s mountains. The young man composed his first masterpiece in the summer of 1868 at Mothsgården, Søllerød, in the outskirts of Copenhagen. And in April of the following year – 150 years ago – the concerto had its premiere also in Denmark, in the Casino concert hall near Saint Anne’s Square. It was a raging success, and amongst those who stood to applaud was the pre-eminent figure of Danish musical life – Niels W. Gade.
These circumstances and the historical facts surrounding the creation of this – one of the world’s most well-known piano concertos – have kindled the interest of Concerto Copenhagen. The soloist is the renowned Norwegian pianist Leif One Andsnes, who will for the first time play the Grieg concerto with an orchestra grounded in historical performance practice, as is Concerto Copenhagen. The conductor is the orchestra’s artistic director Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Leif Ove Andsnes will play on a restored Blüthner piano from 1867, especially selected by Andsnes for this project and brought to Denmark from Holland.
For the season 19/20 Concerto Copenhagen is looking forward to many exciting concert programs and famous music partners. “The Brandenburg Concertos” and “The Four Seasons After Vivaldi” will be performed around in Denmark and Europe. But first of all, the new “The Four Seasons After Vivaldi” with works of Antonio Vivaldi, Ottorino Respighi and the Danish Composer Karl Aage Rasmussen will be published on Danish record label Dacapo on 6 September. In the end of September Handel’s “Brockes Passion” – recorded in January in the Garnison Church in Copenhagen – will be released on cpo.