“Brahms felt the shadow of Beethoven – «that giant whose steps I always hear behind me». So following our focus on Beethoven in 2022, it feels natural that we turn our attention this summer to the extraordinary legacy of Johannes Brahms.”
Leif Ove Andsnes
Founded in 2016 by pianist and Artistic Director Leif Ove Andsnes, the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival has established itself as one of the most interesting and unique festivals of its kind. Exploring a different theme each year centred around a particular composer or musical period, Rosendal has made its international mark as “a small but big festival in the wilds of Norway” (El Pais), “rich and precious for the quality of the performers and for the depth of its themed programmes” (La Repubblica).
This summer Leif Ove Andsnes focuses on Johannes Brahms whose rich and varied chamber music resulted in some of the genre’s most pivotal works. Over four days from 10 – 13 August, Andsnes will be joined by twenty-five guest artists for a packed programme of talks and concerts, exploring Brahms’s iconic works and the gypsy music which inspired him. This year’s festival also pays tribute to György Ligeti in the centenary of his birth, with performances of several works including the trio for violin, horn and piano, directly influenced by Brahms’s own trio for the same instruments.
Joining Andsnes on stage in August are guest artists and speakers Bertrand Chamayou, Roland Pöntinenand Yeol Eum Son (piano), James Ehnes and Guro Kleven Hagen (violin) Ida Bryhn and Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Julia Hagen and Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Sharon Kam (clarinet), David Guerrier (horn), Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Matthias Goerne (baritone), Henrik Mestad (actor), Gunnar Danbolt (art historian) and Erling E. Guldbrandsen (lecturer). The festival is also delighted to welcome back the Dover Quartet and to introduce Zum Roten Igel, (Red Hedgehog), the brilliant ensemble named after the Vienna tavern where Brahms famously enjoyed both goulash and gypsy music.
Introducing this year’s festival, Leif Ove Andsnes said “Brahms’s music does not explode in the same ways as Schumann, Richard Strauss or Wagner. Rather it implodes with subtle but deep passion. I hope that in this year’s programme we will experience the diversity of Brahms’s chamber music; the drama of the piano quintet, the joy of the C major piano trio or the Magelone songs, the profound sadness of his clarinet quintet – one of the most touching chamber music works I know.“
”As there is often an autumnal quality in Brahms’s music, we tend to talk about its dark and sombre character.Yet it also contains so much joy and inner ecstasy. I like the words of the violinist Isaac Stern: «Whether reflecting sunlight or storm, a happily lived moment or a sadly remembered moment, underneath it all is a basic optimism. If Beethoven was craggy mountains, extraordinary peaks and valleys of manic depressiveness, Brahms is like the ocean: always there and forever nurturing.»“
The Rosendal Chamber Music Festival extends deep thanks to the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation, whose meaningful financial support has made the festival’s ambitious artistic goals attainable.
“Ten concerts in four days in a spot of breathtaking natural beauty … This, in a nutshell, is the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival“
Matthew Gurewitsch / Classical Voice North America
"Nivået på musikerne og den kløktige utformingen av konsertprogrammene gjør denne festivalen enestående …"
Eystein Sandvik / NRK Radio
A chamber music festival rich and precious for the quality of the performers and for the depth of the themed programmes.”
Leonetta Bentivoglio / La Repubblica
“Det er lenge siden jeg har sett fram til en festival så mye som Rosendal Kammermusikkfestival.“
Magnus Andersson / Klassekampen
“This is a Utopian place for Utopian musicians.”
David Nice / The Arts Desk
“Rosendalfestivalen solgte ut alle billetene på et par dager i vinter. Oppskriften er enkel: Kammermusikalsk kjernestoff, uten sviskeappell og med et modig innslag av samtidsmusikk.”
Lars O.Flydal / Vårt Land
“The four day experience of this music festival is indescribable. With the backdrop of such wonderful scenery, the festival is somehow augmented by a deeper concentration of the theme and the high level of performance.”
Rudolf Tang / Asia Music Weekly
“Intelligent formidling og enestående musikere får den klassiske musikken til å skinne i Rosendal.“
Emil Bernhardt / Morgenbladet
"A festival that is intimate and rich in personality, idyllic and profound."
Kathrin Hasselbeck / Bayerische Rundfunk / Germany
“Mozart in paradise … Leif Ove Andsnes and a group of extraordinary musicians immersed themselves in the genius of the composer in a small but big festival in the wilds of Norway.”
Luis Gago / El Pais
“Rosendal simply must be experienced.”
Ursula Magnes / Radio Klassik / Austria
“In addition to the intelligence of its programming and the very high level of its performers, the festival benefits from what is often lacking in more upscale venues: authenticity and a truly magical atmosphere.”
Bertrand Boissard / Diapason Magazine
“Med Rosendal Kammermusikfestival har Leif Ove Andsnes satt en standard som allerede i åpningsåret har gjort den til en av landets viktigste i sitt slag. Alle skyhøye forventninger ble i høyeste grad innfridd.”
Mona Levin / Klassisk Musikk
The Rosendal Chamber Music Festival extends deep thanks to Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen, whose meaningful financial support has made the festival’s ambitious artistic goals attainable.