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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Norway

© Ertiboy | Wikimedia Commons
© Ertiboy | Wikimedia Commons
Check our calendar to discover concerts, opera or ballet performances in Norway, the birthplace of Edvard Grieg; tonight, this weekend or the forthcoming month. Our latest reviews will let you know about what’s going on in Norway, undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking destinations with its stunning landscapes and its thriving musical life.
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Interview with Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes © Özgür Albayrak
Andsnes tells us about his latest venture, a journey through the piano music of Sibelius, and about his plans for the future.

Q&A: Lise Davidsen

Lise Davidsen © Charlotte Gundersen
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen made a huge impact on the operatic world in the summer of 2015. We caught up with her ahead of her season as Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
© Svein-Magne Tunli | Wikimedia Commons
© Svein-Magne Tunli | Wikimedia Commons

Postcard from Bergen

Brygge © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
A quick tour around the fjords, medieval buildings, art and music of Norway's second city - and perhaps the world's most beautifully set recital hall, at the Edvard Grieg Museum.
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BergenOpening Concert

Matre, Britten, Stravinsky
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Leif Ove Andsnes

OsloSeason opening

Ligeti, Beethoven
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Augustin Hadelich

BergenFinals of the Edvard Grieg Piano Competition

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Finalists of the Edvard Grieg Piano Competition

OsloUltima, Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Wallin, Davies
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Karen Kamensek; Ida Nielsen

BergenBernstein 100

Bernstein, Barber
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; John Wilson; Sarah Shafer
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On the waterfront: A Sea Symphony in Oslo

Norwegian National Opera Orchestra © Jörg Wiesner
Ralph Vaughan Williams' towering A Sea Symphony and the orchestra of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet capped off the Oslo opera season in a singularly loud fashion. 
***11
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Too many doors: Don Giovanni in Oslo

Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Leporello) and Johannes Weisser (Don Giovanni) © Erik Berg
Despite some dramatic frustrations, at least in Oslo, Jones' production is saved by some truly outstanding singing.
***11
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Tale of two concertos: Bergen Philharmonic play Gubaidulina and Grieg

Gidon Kremer © Roy Bjørge
Bergen Philharmonic’s programme of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium offered fascinating insight into the relationship between orchestra and soloist.
***11
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Nisbeth and Forsberg in Grieg’s living room

Ellen Nisbeth © Nikolaj Lund
An impressively well-planned programme of mostly viola transcriptions by Grainger, Bach, Delius, Ellington and Grieg.
****1
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Bryn Terfel at the Bergen International Festival

Sir Bryn Terfel and Caradog Williams © Magnus Skrede
At their recital at the Bergen International Festival, Bryn Terfel and pianist Caradog Williams presented a programme of overwhelming sameness and neverending joviality.
**111
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