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Oslo String Quartet

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Troldhaugen: TroldsalenTroldhaugvegen 65, Bergen, Hordaland, 5232, Norway
On Monday 3 June 2019 at 19:30
Festival: Bergen International Festival

A versatile audience favourite with familiar – and new –enthusiasm.

With a reputation as one of the most versatile ensembles in the world, a high artistic standard and integrity, Oslo String Quartet constantly enriches the string quartet repertoire in a multitude of genres through their critically acclaimed recordings and successful concerts and tours.

In Bergen they perform a work by Festival Composer Unsuk Chin, whose music they were not familiar with at the outset. 'It was an exciting challenge, so we took it,' says cellist Øystein Sonstad.

The father of the String Quartet, Joseph Haydn, figures with one of his later quartets, which Sonstad describes as 'very sweeping, crisp and fresh.' The programme also includes Debussy's only String Quartet, one of his earlier works.

'It's an absolute favourite in the very extensive repertoire for the string quartet – of course youthful, but at the same time surprisingly mature. His quartet is clearly influenced by Grieg's great G minor Quartet in form, themes and content. The result however is pure Debussy at his best.

Transport to Troldhaugen is included in the ticket. Please note that the bus departs on time. The bus journey is approximately 30 min. Departure from the Tourist information at 18:30, with return from Troldhaugen at 21:30.

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