Photo: Robert Romik
Violinist Henning Kraggerud is a champion of the “long-lost” violin concerto by fellow Norwegian, Johan Halvorsen. Originally premiered in 1909, this beautiful, virtuosic concerto was considered lost until its re-discovery over 100 years later in a library in Toronto. After giving the “21st-century premiere” of the work with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in 2016, Henning went on to play it with both the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras. In 2017, he released a recording on the Naxos label with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Bjarte Engeset, leading BBC Radio 3’s Record Review to comment, “It’s difficult to imagine more ardent advocates for this sleeping beauty of a piece”.
This season, Henning gives the concerto its first ever performances in Finland and Poland: with the Kymi Sinfonietta and Christian Kluxen in October; and with the Poznan Philharmonic and Marek Pijarowski in March. In addition, Henning re-joins with conductor Bjarte Engeset in November to perform the work once again in their native Norway, with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.
Naxos podcast about the work’s re-discovery
Audio clips of Henning’s live 2016 performance
Details of all Henning’s forthcoming performances