Opening concert Festival in Elverum, Friday August 3rd 2018 in Terningen Arena

The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Eliahu Inbal


Johannes Rusten (1984-): Overture to Elverum

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major

Introduction: Adagio – Allegro

Adagio: Sehr Langsam

Scherzo: Molto vivace (Schnell) – Trio: Im Gleichen Tempo

Final: Adagio – Allegro moderato

The grand opening concert of this year’s Festival in Elverum offers an all-round symphony conducted by Eliahu Inbal (born 1936), one of the few Bruckner interpreters from his generation still active. Inbal was chief conductor of hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt in 1974-1990, and together with this orchestra he was one of the first to record the original versions of several of Bruckner’s symphonies.

Read more about Eliahu Inbal here.

Bruckner is mostly known for its monumental symphonies. The fifth symphony was written in 1875-1876 and is perhaps the most intellectual of all of them. Bruckner himself never heard this symphony being performed. During his lifetime, it was once performed for two piano and for the first time for orchestra in Graz in 1894, but Bruckner himself was too sick to be present. The symphony has no subtitle, but it has been nicknamed “the tragic” or “pizzicato symphony”. Even Bruckner himself has referred to the symphony as “the wonderful”, but this never became a formal title. The work is intricately and contrapunctaly written. The climaks is unusually late in the symphony, first with a coral at the end of the last movement.

The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra consist of Norway´s leading performing music students and for them, this project is an unique opportunity to experience one of the most famous Bruckner interpreters, Eliahu Inbal, while he is still active. There are not many from his generation and his tradition still alive, so both the audience and the musicians in the orchestra will have an unique experience!

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Conductor Wayne Marshall

Program TBA

Johannes Gustavsson, Foto: Anna Hult

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The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson

Soloists: TBA (soprano) and Håvard Stenvold (baritone)



Anders Hillborg (1954-): Eleven Gates (2005/2006)

No. 1. Drifting into D-major

No. 2. Suddenly in the Room with Chattering Mirrors

No. 3. D Major Still Life

No. 4. Confused Dialogues with Woodpecker

No. 5. Suddenly in the Room with Floating Mirrors

No. 6. Into the Great Wide Open

No. 7. Meadow of Sadsongs

No. 8. Toypianos on the Surface of the Sea

No. 9. String Quartet spiralling to the Seafloor

No. 10. Seafloor Meditation (Whispering Mirrors at the Seafloor)

No. 11. Waves, Pulse and Elastic Seabirds

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): various songs

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Symphony No. 3, op. 27 (1910/1911)

Allegro espansivo

Andante Pastorale

Allegretto un poco

Final: Allegro




The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra and their artistic director Johannes Gustavsson invite to a Scandinavian evening with two wonderful vocal soloists.

Read more about Johannes Gustavsson here.

The title of the Swedish composer Anders Hillborg’s work, Eleven Gates, alludes to the fact that the piece is constructed of eleven sections and to the imaginary gates that one passes through – either abruptly or seamlessly – in moving from one to another. In addition, the composer entertained him selv by giving each section a title, describing in a more or less surrealistic way what´s going on. An American critic wrote that he enjoyed listening to so many new audio pictures in the work. The work was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the leadership of Esa Pekka Salonen. The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra will make the German premier of the work. Hillborg is known for his wide range in his composition, from orchestral music, choral music, chamber music, but also more commercial pop and film music. He is inspired by composers like Brian Ferneyhough and Gyorgi Ligeti.


In the middle of the concert, we will hear some of Edvard Grieg’s most famous songs.


Carl Nielsen started to think of his third symphony in the beginning of the year 1910. He struggled to find a good idea for the first movement and rumers say that the theme came to him when he was on the tram. In the absence of an available sheet of paper, he had to write it down on his sleeve. The symphony quickly became a success and was the most played of Nielsen’s symphonies in his time. The good reviews changed the view of Nielsen’s music, and this work was making the composer’s name well known.


Carl Nielsen’s third symphony expresses, as the title of the first movement describes, a tension (espansiva) that in the second movement has been completely replaced with an idyllic calm. He drafted two different versions of the second movement, where the final result includes two vocal soloists who sing without text. In Carl Nielsen’s own program texts, we can read that with he the textless vocal voices has attempted to portray an paradisiac state of the soul. The third movement is a contrast again and contains an ambiguous atmosphere where both major and minor, the good and the bad appears at the same time. According to the composer, the final is the apotheosis of the work. He wanted to show the healthy moral that lies in the blessing of work, an anthem to work and the healthy development of daily life.


The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra wish you all welcome to a Scandinavian evening!

Foto: Studio Lasse Berre

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