Summer Concerts at the Glyptotek

In August and September the Glyptotek will once more open its doors to a new season of Summer Concerts in the beautiful Central Hall of the museum.

Behind this year’s star-studded program is concertmaster and court musician Julie Eskær
and solo cellist of The Royal Orchestra Ingemar Brantelid.

Look forward to romantic, dramatic, spell-binding and festive tones performed amongst Roman gods
and heroes by world class musicians.

Experience the Summer Concerts every Sunday in August and September from 12am-1pm
(except 22 August and 5 September).

You must purchase a ticket online. Buy your tickets to the summer concerts here (Please note, the ticket site is in Danish).

See all the concerts below.

Piano Trio Gems
Sunday 1 August 12.00-13.00

This is an opportunity to hear the popular Eskær Trio’s interpretation of a couple of magnificent works in the Central Hall of the Glyptotek.

Beethoven’s Piano Trio op. 1 No. 2 is a wonderfully youthful work, inspired by Mozart and Haydn. But there is also huge depth and expression, with beautiful themes in all the parts, particularly in the second movement (Largo con espressione) with its graceful rocking quality. Conversely, the last movement is a humorous, teasing presto.

Mendelsohn’s piano trio in D minor is a beautiful, work with captivating melodies for the strings and flowing virtuoso sequences for the piano, making it one of the best-loved pieces in the piano trio repertoire.

Musicians in the Eskær Trio
Julie Eskær – violin
Emilie Eskær – cello
Charlotte Thaning – piano

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Universal Romance
Sunday 8 August 12.00-13.00

Now you have the opportunity to hear one of the most highly acclaimed and popular pianists in Scandinavia, Katrine Gislinge, playing romantic works by Schubert, Bent Sørensen and Rachmaninoff.

Schubert, an early young romantic, composed his Impromptus op. 90 in 1827. They are enchanting pieces: brilliant, yet also nostalgic and lyrical – particularly op. 90 no. 3.

Bent Sørensen is one of the great composers and neo-romantics of our time. Katrine Gislinge will play Sørensen’s Mondnacht (Night of the Moon).

Though the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was a contemporary of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, he belonged to the Late Romantic era. His Sonata in B-flat minor op. 36 is inventive, magnificent, romantic and dreamy.

Musician: Katrine Gislinge – piano

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Summer concerts celebrating WorldPride
Sunday 15 August 12.00-13.00

This concert is part of the Glyptotek’s celebration of Copenhagen2021 – WorldPride and EuroGames. The exciting, varied programme features songs by Schubert, Ravel and American composers such as Jennifer Higdon and R.I. Gordon.

The programme is an opportunity to hear Sine Bundgaard, one of the leading lyric dramatic sopranos in Scandinavia, accompanied by the internationally acclaimed pianist, Thomas Bagwell. The concert will be recorded for P2.

Sine Bundgaard – soprano
Thomas Bagwell – piano

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Sunday 29 August 12.00-13.00

With their enormous zest for playing and their fresh approach, the Danish String Quartet have taken the world by storm. The recipients of a wealth of awards and recognitions, the quartet have played at a myriad of international festivals throughout Europe and the United States. They have also received rave reviews for their CD recordings and were nominated for a Grammy in the ‘Best Chamber Music’ category.

At today’s concert, the quartet will play Schubert’s legendary string quartet in G major, a chaconne by the Baroque composer Henry Purcell and an arrangement of Schubert’s song ‘Dobbelgänger’, a key song in the composer’s song cycle Schwanengesang.

The Danish String Quartet
Frederik Øland – violin
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen – violin
Asbjørn Nørgaard – viola
Frederik Schøyen – cello

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Flame and Genius
Sunday 12 September 12.00-13.00

This an opportunity to hear the brilliant Arild Quartet. During the past few years, they have been performing all of Beethoven’s extraordinary string quartets throughout Denmark.

One of Beethoven’s last quartets, Op. 130 no. 13 is nothing short of a masterpiece.

C.F.E. Horneman had a hard time making a name for himself as a composer of serious works, at a time when Gade and Hartmann dominated Copenhagen’s musical life. But today he is regarded as one of the best composers of the Danish Golden Age. This is how Carl Nielsen described Horneman: “He was the flame, the bright flame, the flickering fire of Danish music, melting falsehood and incinerating artifice.”

The Arild Quartet
Tobias Durholm – violin
Johannes Søe Hansen – violin
Stine Hasbirk – viola
Ingemar Brantelid – cello

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Hello Out There
Sunday 19 September 12.00-13.00

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the world-famous trumpeter Håkan Hardenberge and the guitarist Mats Bergström in an electrifying and varied programme. The programme features a wonderful range of works: from the baroque composer Henry Purcell to Betsy Jolas’s Hello Out There, written specially for Hardenberger.

Håkan Hardenberger frequently performs as a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic. He has also made numerous recordings: for example, on the BIS, EMI, Deutche Grammophon, Decca, Philips and Sony Classical labels.

Hardenberger is a pioneer of new virtuoso music, and several living composers have dedicated works to him.

Håkan Hardenberger – trumpet
Mats Bergström – guitar

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Solo Cello from Bach to Kodály
Sunday 26 September 12.00-13.00

This is a great opportunity to hear the star cellist Andreas Brantelid, one of Scandinavia’s most coveted artists. He regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician at international festivals, and has won worldwide critical acclaim.

In this recital, Brantelid performs Bach’s Solo Suite No. 3 and the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály’s amazing sonata for solo cello, one of the most acclaimed works composed for solo cello since Bach’s solo suites. It is a brilliant, virtuoso sonata, featuring everything from left-handed pizzicato and double grips to lightning-fast passages. But it was also inspired by Hungarian songs and folk music, which Kodály heard and collected on his countless travels throughout Hungary.

Andreas Brantelid – cello

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Schubert meets Beethoven at the Glyptotek
Sunday 3 October 12.00-13.00

This is an opportunity to hear the Poseidon Quartet, one of the best string quartets in Scandinavia, playing masterpieces by Beethoven and Schubert.

Though both these composers lived in Vienna in the early 19th century, we do not know whether they ever met. With his late string quartets, Beethoven was way ahead of his time, a source of inspiration to musicians and composers right up to the present day. Schubert, who was 27 years younger, a great admirer of Beethoven, was heavily influenced by the musical pioneer, but developed his own very personal quartet style, which really came into its own in his last three string quartets.

Schubert’s ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet was composed in Vienna in 1824, and Beethoven’s last string quartet (opus 135) was composed in Vienna in 1826.

The Poseidon Quartet
Jon Gjesme – violin
Christine Enevold – violin
Ettore Causa – viola
Joel Laakso – cello

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Our sincere thanks for generous support for the exhibition from:
Solistforeningen af 1921
Dansk Solistforbund
Knud Højgaards Fond
Københavns Musikudvalg
Wilhelm Hansen Fonden
Ny Carlsbergfondet

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