Grieg Minute by Minute: Den bergtekne

Saturday 16 June

Recorded live in Grieghallen on Saturday 16 June 2018. The concert started at  at 05.18.

Grieg Minute by Minute – The Slow TV Programme of the Year 2018, 30 hours of live broadcasting from Troldhaugen and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on NRK Television!

What was Grieg Minute by Minute?
For the 175th anniversary of Edvard Grieg’s birth, on 15 June 2018, KODE / Troldhaugen, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and other collaborators, produced the largest and longest Grieg concert ever performed, featuring all of his opuses, from 1-74.

The event was a sweeping musical portrait of Edvard Grieg’s famous compositions, with performances by leading Norwegian orchestras and soloists from today’s music scene and a grand-scale public festival in which the entire country took part.

The comprehensive slow television project was produced by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK. NRK’s ground-breaking slow television programmes have captured millions of viewers in recent years. They made use of every possible venue to make Grieg Minute by Minute the year’s grandest media event on the music front.

All of the music was be performed live! This means there was a night concert in Bergen’s largest concert hall Grieghallen, around the clock admission to Troldhaugen, and the festival was a white night event lasting from 15 to 16 June.

How long did it last?
Approximately 30 hours. It began at 5.30 pm on Grieg’s birthday, Friday 15th June, and continued until around 10 pm the following day. There were many highlights: The A minor concerto around 10 pm on the Friday, a theatrical version of Peer Gynt around 1 am on the Saturday, Ved Rondane at sunrise, the Holberg Suite for breakfast on the Saturday, Haugtussa at dinnertime, and in conclusion, Four Psalms – Grieg’s very last opus – at his gravesite at Troldhaugen late Saturday evening.

Where did it take place?
Most of the concerts took place in Bergen. The orchestra pieces were performed in Grieghallen and Store Studio by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra respectively, while the great majority of the works – the piano pieces, the songs and chamber music – were performed at Troldhaugen.

Who participated?
Norway’s most prominent pianists, singer, string musicians and chamber music ensembles, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Chorus, Edvard Grieg Kor – and a score of soloists from across the country.

Please see Griegminuttforminutt.no for further information (in Norwegian) on the music and performers.

The recording is presented with kind permission from NRK.