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Friday 29th June, 21:00
We cannot thematize all things Danish without including The Little Mermaid. In Haydn’s glorious Mermaid Song, she entices: Come with me, which is not without danger. Thus, the younger delegation has been expanded. Aksel Rykkvin, having recently blossomed into a baritone, will be joined by the 14-year-old soprano Inga Lohne-Otterstad. And we’ll be hearing them together as Papageno and Papagena in more fairy-tale moments from The Magic Flute.
Enescu’s Légende for trumpet and piano continues the musical storytelling. Before the break, Hardenberger will be joined by percussionist Colin Currie. The composer Joe Duddell, well known for among other things his work with several indie rock bands, says that here we’re not talking about a solo and accompaniment. Both voices are allowed to shine equally, as is only right and proper when composing for two of the world’s foremost soloists on their respective instruments.
Cyclically complementing the start of the festival, we shall then hear Sørensen’s Disappearence, sister piece to Dancers and Disappearance which had its world premiere at the opening concert.
Then, we’ll round off the whole feast with yet another Norwegian who spent a lot of time in Copenhagen, Johan Svendsen. His Octet for Strings is among the most life-affirming of all Norwegian music; here it’s all about exuberance, dancing and spirited musicianship.