Lofoten Piano Festival 2014
- Lofoten, Norway
- 7-12 July 2014
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The world's most beautiful music festival
Amongst the silent mountains and deep fjords of northern Norway, beneath skies that glow in purples and pinks, greens and reds, lies the glorious Lofoten Piano Festival, glistening beneath a sun that never falls.
For six days, this remarkable classical event brings together a host of international giants, piano geniuses and more aside, for intimate shows in an awe-inspiring setting.
The quaint concert halls and churches of the Lofoten archipelago will echo with the sounds of Bach and Mozart and Debussy and more again this July, as breakfast performances, surprise shows and lectures give this incredible event its contagious aura.
- Louis Lortie
- Georgy Tchaidze
- Philippe Baden Powell
Claude Debussy: Danseuses - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Jules Massenet: Toccata - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Mikael Glinka: Gran sextet, second & third movement - Louis Lortie & musicians from Lofoten Festival Strings
Franz Schubert: String quartet in a-minor, second movement ("Rosamunde") - Engegard Quartet
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Divertimento K. 137, third movement - Lofoten Festival Strings
Alexander Scriabin: Feuille d'Album, op. 45 and Vers la Flamme, op. 75 - Gyorgy Tchaidze
Johannes Brahms: Von ewiger Liebe, Die Mainacht and Vergebliches Ständchen - Marianne Beate Kielland & Christian Ihle Hadland
Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano concerto in D-major - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Lofoten Festival Strings
Johann Sebastian Bach: French suite no. 6 - Christian Ihle Hadland
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano sonata no 31 in A flat major, op 110 - Gyorgy Tchaidze
Franz Schubert: Allegro in a minor, D. 947 "Lebensstürme" (for piano four hands) - Louis Lortie & Gyorgy Tchaidze
Johannes Brahms: Theme and variations op. 18b, Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C major, op. 17, Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit, Claude Debussy: Preludes: Les Fées son d'exquises Danseuses, Les sons et les Parfums tournent dans L'Air du Soir, Ce qu'a vu le Vent d'Ouest, Des Pas sur la Neige, La Dance de Puck and Feux d'Artifice - Lise de la Salle
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 21 in C major, opus 51 "Waldstein" - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Lieder - Marianne Beate Kielland & Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String quartet no 21 in D major, K. 575 - Engegard Quartet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D major for two pianos, K. 448 - Gyorgy Tchaidze & Louis Lortie
Bela Bartok: Two pictures, Op. 10 - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Gyorgy Tchaidze
Maurice Ravel: Rapsody espagnole - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet & Louis Lortie
Joseph Haydn: Fantasy in C-major, Maurice Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin, Frederic Chopin: 3 Nocturnes and Johannes Brahms: Piano sonata no. 3 in f minor, opus 5 - Christian Ihle Hadland
Ludwig van Beethoven: Strings quartet in F major op. 14 - Engegard Quartet
Beethovens own arrangement of piano sonata no 10 in E major, opus 14 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concert aria: Ch'io mi scordi di te? K.505 - Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo, Christian Ihle Hadland, piano & Lofoten Festival Strings
Ernest Chausson: Chanson perpetuelle - Marianne Beate Kielland, Christian Ihle Hadland & Engegard Quartet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K 136 - Lofoten Festival Strings
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata no 16 in B-flat, D. 960 - Gyorgy Tchaidze
Franz Schubert: Songs - Marianne Beate Kielland & Gyorgy Tchaidze
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata no 30 in E major, Op. 109, Piano Sonata no 14 in c sharp minor, Op. 27, no. 2 (Måneskinnssonaten/Moon light sonata), Piano Sonata no 13 in E flat major, Op. 27, no. 1 ("Quasi una fantasia") and Piano Sonata no 32 in c minor, Op. 111 - Paul Lewis
Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 1 in e minor - Louis Lortie, Engegard Quartet & Knut Erik Sundquist
Alexander Scriabin: Piano sonata no. 7 - Gyorgy Tchaidze
Antonin Dvorak: Serenade in E major, opus 22 - Lofoten Festival Strings
Claude Debussy: Cello Sonata - Jan-Erik Gustafsson, cello & Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
Maurice Ravel: Hommage a Haydn - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata in c minor - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Claude Debussy: Hommage a Haydn - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Maurice Ravel: Violin sonata - Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, violin & Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano
Alexander Scriabin: 24 Preludes op. 11 and Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in b-minor - Louis Lortie
Lofoten Culture Hall
Artists won't be announced until the morning of the festival.
The festival spreads out across much of the Lofoten islands, in the Arctic Circle territory of northern Norway. Its main venue is the 600 capacity Lofoten Culture Hall, located on the Coastal Steamer Pier in Svolvær, but concerts also take place in nine churches along the archipelago, which gives festival-goers a real opportunity to explore the natural landscape.
Various venues, Lofoten, Norway
Shows start throughout the day from as early as 0930 for the breakfast concerts to as last as 2200 for the evening performances. There will also be a host of shows and lectures throughout the week of the festival.
No. Although each concert is ticketed separately, you can also buy a Festival Pass which will give you access to 40 concerts including lectures. However, this excludes the jazz concert on Friday 11 July and the breakfast concert on Saturday 12 July. Tickets for both of these shows will have to be bought separately.
Yes. In the summer months from May to July, the sun doesn’t set here, hence why its been called the ‘Midnight Sun’.
Temperatures can range between 10C - 25C, however as a rough medium it's good to expect temperatures between 15C and 20C.