January 13.

Saturday concert: The nobility of music

The musicians in the Opera Orchestra play their chamber music favorites 



The bassoon plays the lead in the third afternoon concert of the season. Bassoon soloist Kari Foss of the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra displays the instrument’s potential for soloist playing and resonant sounds as she plays chamber music pieces by Jean Françaix, Lasse Thoresen and Franz Schubert.

The music of the French composer Jean Françaix can be described as bright and delicate, with melodious lines. Françaix explored the limits of the possibilities of his instrument, and this becomes clear in his Bassoon Quintet – a piece with rhythmical vigour and clear execution.

One of Françaix’s sources of inspiration was the composer Franz Schubert. His Octet in F major is widely considered one of the best works in chamber music. It is scored for a quintet of strings, a bassoon, a clarinet and a horn. The piece was an obvious choice for the musicians of the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra when the Saturday Concerts series started almost ten years ago, and they are happy to perform it again, for an increasingly larger audience.

The concert also features Lasse Thoresen’s Trio for Bassoon, Vibraphone and Double Bass.

Featuring musicians from the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra

Jean Françaix: Bassoon Quintet
Lasse Thoresen: Trio for Bassoon, Vibraphone and Double Bass
Franz Schubert: Auf dem Strom, D.943, Octet in F major, D.803



  • Scene
    Second House
  • Price
    50 - 150 NOK
  • /
    1 intermission

January 2018