Sep 15, 2020
Pablo Heras-Casado makes his highly anticipated debut in Norway this month, conducting two weeks of concerts with the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester. The first (sold-out) programme includes Strauss’ Don Juan; Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, with baritone Ville Rusanen as soloist; ending with Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. The concerts will take place at Grieghallen, on 17 and 18 September, with the latter, streamed live on the orchestra’s website, Bergenphilive.no.
The second concert features an all-symphonic programme including Hans Werner Henze’s fantasy for orchestra, Erlkönig, and the third symphonies from Schubert and Beethoven. The performances will take place on 24 and 25 September, with the last day also featuring a matiné concert with only Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. The evening concert this day is also live-streamed on Bergenphilive.no.
From there, Heras-Casado travels south to conduct the Stavanger Symfoniorkester, with two concerts on 1 and 2 October. The varied programme includes Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques for piano and orchestra, with Joonas Ahonen as soloist (who precedes this work with Ligeti’s Trois études pour piano), Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin and Brahms Symphony No. 3.