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Nov 5, 2013

Oslo concerts to celebrate 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch

From 14-16 November Jukka-Pekka Saraste will be conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in three concerts planned in collaboration with the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch’s birth and the Munch Museum in Norway, celebrating one of the most important artists of Modernism. Focussing on music with ties to Expressionism, the three concerts focus on the music of Schoenberg and Sibelius.

Much of the work of Sibelius and Schoenberg shares certain qualities with Munch and it is with this in mind that Jukka-Pekka and the Oslo Philharmonic have chosen these programmes.

Talking about his programme choices Jukka-Pekka says:

“One thing the three figures have in common is that while they sometimes communicated with their respective cultures, they most often worked in isolation. Sibelius and Munch shared somehow a Nordic soul. When choosing the pieces for this programme, I thought of the characters of the three artists, working at the same time in each of their countries and cultures. Each lived through the immense artistic and cultural changes of their time, Schoenberg being the most extreme. The question here is whether the artist had to ignore his surroundings and society in order to develop individually. It seems as if there was something at the time which isolated these artists from the existing world – maybe they saw a future before others did – which is why it can be said that they could not communicate with the society surrounding them – this was true of Sibelius, Schoenberg and of Munch.”

The concerts will take place at the Oslo concert hall, the Munch Museum, and the University Aula; in the last two venues in the presence of many of Munch’s famous paintings. Ketil Bjørnstad, composer and author of the most recent biography of Edvard Munch will be introducing the concerts.

For full details visit the schedule page.

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