Classic Sunday – Circus and Fireworks

Energetic chamber music by Sergei Prokofiev and Guillaume Connesson performed by musicians from the Oslo Philharmonic.

Event

Festsal
20.02.2022 14:00

Sergej Prokofiev Quintet in G Minor Op.39
Guillaume Connesson Sextour

João Miguel Silva, oboe
Pierre Xhonneux, clarinet
Guro Asheim, violin
Cecilia Wilder, viola
Daniel Petrovich, contrabass
Mathias Susaas Halvorsen, piano

Sergei Prokofiev (1891−1953) was living in Paris in 1924 when he took on the task of writing ballet music for a touring dance troupe and their ensemble of five musicians. The action was based on circus life and given the title Trapeze. The ballet was too difficult for the troupe to perform, so Prokofiev transformed the music into a quintet for the same five instruments.

Guillaume Connesson (b. 1970) comes from the suburbs of Paris. He wrote Sextour in 1998 for his friends who are among the leading musicians in chamber music. The occasion was a New Year’s Eve concert and Connesson wanted to write music full of festivity and entertainment while also being inspired by American minimalists such as Steve Reich and John Adams.

The programme is organised in connection to the exhibition The Savage Eye.

CLASSIC SUNDAY

Chamber music has been an important part of the history of MUNCH right from the start in 1963. We continue this tradition at Bjørvika through our collaborations with the Oslo Philharmonic and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. Our Classic Sunday matinees present chamber music in many different formats, from the traditional classical canon to the cutting edge and experimental.

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