Monday, September 11, 2017


Welcome to three very special concerts in Arendal Culture House and Stavanger Concert Hall.


Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Lars Anders Tomter (viola) and Jan Bjøranger (violin) will perform with the Ensemble 1B1, an extraordinary ensemble which has played numerous successful concerts on three continents the last couple of years.  Among other articles and reviews Vanity Fair recently wrote that 1B1 is one of the seven most important projects on the classical scene in the USA, after the Hubble Cantata and other projects with the National Sawdust, Choir of Trinity Wall street and Beth Morrison projects. In 2015 they received the Norwegian Grammy for their Grieg "Holberg Variations” CD, and they cooperate with the renowned Andreas Richter Cultural Management in Berlin, planning new concerts in Europe and Asia the coming seasons.


The program for the concerts in Arendal on Sept 13th and Stavanger Sept 14th and 15th:

Mozart: Overture, Figaros Wedding KV 492


Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in Ess-minor for violin, viola and orchestra, KV 364
Lars Anders Tomter, viola and Jan Bjøranger, violin




Mozart: Overture Cosi fan tutte KV 588
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)


Mozart: Konsert n 20 in d-minor for piano and orchestra KV 466
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)


The history of 1B1 has all the ingredients of a fairytale. This brave, playful and creative ensemble based in south-western Norway has experienced tremendous artistic success since its beginning in 2008. The fantastic receptions in Europe, USA and Asia, as well as a Norwegian Grammy, are solid evidence of this.


Unfortunately the ensemble was not prepared for this rapid success and growth, and the result is that the ensemble is struggling to survive. The initiative from Leif Ove Andsnes, one of the worlds leading pianists, to help 1B1 in this situation is no less than fantastic. Together we hope that this effort will lead to the survival of 1B1, and at the same time guarantee an outstanding concert.


Two overtures and two concerts. Both concerts are very symphonic, even if they also have solo parts. The concert for viola and violin even has Symphony in the title.  The overtures for Figaro's Wedding and Cosi fan tutte are grandiose, virtuoso and wonderful, and we will meet the ensemble alone in what can be described as compact entries to these well known operas.

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