Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020181011
Catnr: LWC 1089
Release date: 13 November 2015
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Lawo Classics
Catalogue number
LWC 1089
Release date
13 November 2015

About the album

In celebration of its 250th anniversary, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has undertaken an unprecedented project of commissioning and premiering more than 20 new compositions. Contemporary music has always been central to the orchestra’s tradition, which included performing the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven while the ink was still fresh.
OPUS 250 is the name of this project dedicated not only to the composers represented, but also to the musicians of the orchestra, and particularly its own soloists. In fact, the four works presented on this CD are the result of initiatives taken by the soloists themselves to inspire and collaborate with Norwegian composers with whom they particularly identify.
The greater OPUS 250 endeavor also encompasses new works by esteemed Norwegian composers such as Ørjan Matre, Knut Vaage, Ketil Hvoslef, Henrik Hellstenius, Asbjørn Schaathun, Lasse Thoresen and Olav Anton Thommessen. They are joined by stellar international counterparts, including Peter Eötvös, Michel van der Aa, James MacMillan, Sebastian Fagerlund, Alissa Firsova, Lera Auerbach, Per Nørgård and Einojuhani Rautavaara.
The OPUS 250 project is an exemplification of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s committment to the preservation of its tradition, while investing in the future of symphonic music.
In celebration of its 250th anniversary, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has undertaken an unprecedented project of commissioning and premiering more than 20 new compositions.


One of the world’s oldest orchestras, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765 and is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra, and served as its artistic director during the years 1880-1882.
Andrew Litton has led the orchestra since 2003, attracting international attention to the ensemble not only through acclaimed tours to Concertgebouw, London Proms, Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philharmonie and Vienna’s Musikverein, but also through award-winning recordings on the BIS and Hyperion labels.
Edward Gardner, the acclaimed outgoing Music Director of the English National Opera, has been appointed Chief Conductor for a three-year tenure starting in October 2015.
The orchestra has an active recording schedule, and recent recording projects include Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony under the direction of Juanjo Mena, Stravinsky and Prokofiev cycles with Andrew Litton, as well as Tchaikovsky, Halvorsen and Svendsen series with Neeme Järvi.
The orchestra’s recording of the complete orchestral music of Edvard Grieg conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud remains the reference point in a competitive field. The first collaboration on disc between Edward Gardner and the orchestra was a recording of orchestral realisations by Luciano Berio, and together they have just completed a 3-volume series of Janáček recordings. A string of new and exciting recording projects will follow.
"Digital Concert Hall" is a new, free streaming service from Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. We are the only symphonic orchestra in Norway which streams concerts regularly. Visit our digital concert hall at


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