Tabita Berglund – conductor
Håvard Gimse – piano
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Grieg Piano Concerto
— Interval —
Sibelius Lemminkäinen Legends
Two outstanding Norwegian musicians make their Royal Festival Hall debuts in an afternoon of Scandinavian classics.
Tabita Berglund’s conducting career has taken off at an astonishing rate since she won the Neeme Järvi Prize in 2018. Håvard Gimse is a familiar face at concert halls and festivals around Scandinavia, with a particular affinity for the music of his homeland. They join forces in Grieg’s magnificent Piano Concerto, a favourite with audiences ever since its premiere.
Peer Gynt’s adventures begin with a radiant evocation of morning, and take him to the Hall of the Mountain King, crowded with trolls and goblins. The Finnish folk hero Lemminkäinen must travel to Tuonela, the Island of the Dead, where he encounters a mysterious black swan embodied by an ethereal solo for the cor anglais. Grieg and Sibelius tell their stories in memorable music that has all the expressive power of the timeless legends themselves.
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£12 – £58 (premium)
Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
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