TO BEethoven – or not TO BEethoven

The autumn season starts with a concert by Ssens Trio in Andebu church on August 30. The mediaeval church was built around year 1100, but the most interesting fact for us is that the church was the place where people could cast their vote during the national assembly at Eidsvoll in 1814. At the same time as Beethoven was active in Vienna. He composed his String Trios opus 9 around 1797/98 – at the time when Jean Baptiste Bernadotte was the French Ambassador to Vienna. He met with Beethoven on occasions – and as a result of what happened at Eidsvoll, he became the first king of Norway-Sweden, King Carl Johan. Interesting thought!?

Franz Schubert was born in 1797, but he and Beethoven never met – unfortunately. Schubert’s Trio in Bb-flat D471 in one movement was composed in 1816. As a contrast to these two pieces from the Classical period Ssens Trio will perform Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s String Trio opus 54 – a piece composed for them in 2017. Ethereal sounds that might have been present in the church since year 1100? Sølve Sigerland, violin, Henninge Båtnes Landaas, viola and Ellen Margrete Flesjø, cello, established the Ssens Trio in 2014.

On September 20 Soloists from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra will give a concert in Hjertnes kulturhus. They will perform the composition that was the most popular chamber music piece in Beethoven’s own time – the Septet opus 20 in E-flat major, composed in 1800. It was dedicated to the Empress Maria Theresa. Elise Båtnes, violin, will lead an ensemble consisting of Henninge Båtnes Landaas, viola, Louisa Tuck, cello, Kenneth Ryland, double-bass, Leif Arne Tangen Pedersen, clarinet, Per Hannisdal, bassoon and Inger Besserudhagen, horn. Beethoven in the heroic key of E-flat major is just great! With a duration as a whole symphony – and one single musician on each part – the septet puts focus on the distinctive character of each instrument and the high standard of the musicians.

Engegårdkvartetten will perform 3 concerts during the weekend October 9 – 11 in Hjertnes kulturhus. The quartet was founded in 2004 and soon became one of the mostly sought-after ensembles in Norway. They gained international recognition and have played at the finest concert halls and international festivals throughout Europe. Arvid Engegård and Alex Robson, violin, Juliet Jopling, viola, and Jan Clemens Carlsen will play string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and OLLI Mustonen in addition to string quintets by Mozart and Brahms where Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad, viola, will join them. Chamber musicians and music at the highest international level! Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad is in the process of making himself an international career after winning The Eurovision Young Musician and appointed BBC’s Young Generation Artist.

The culmination of the whole festival was planned to be the performance of Ode to joy! – the 9th symphony – on the actual 250th birthday! A stunning idea where soloists, orchestra and 250 young singers from the high-schools in the region should proclaim Schiller’s words: Alle Menschen werden Brüder – all human beings are united like brothers. Because of the Corona-pandemic this occasion has to be postponed till the birthday in 2021. BUT – we will celebrate the very 250th birthday in Hjertnes on December 16 this year, by presenting the man and his compositions through his fantastic chamber music – ranging from 1793 till 1826.

During winter and spring 2021 Oslo String Quartet will give a concert, The Spring sonata will take place on May 9 in Stokke Church, B32 – with all the 32 Piano Sonatas played by Tor Espen Aspaas – during Whit weekend, May 21 till 24, and the Environmental Walk B 3 C for the younger generation and the Pastoral Project on June 5 – The World Environmental Day. Through what we experience these days, environmental matters have got a new dimension.

TO BEethoven – or not TO BEethoven then suddenly lasts for almost two years. It’s nice to end the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with focus on him as a lover of nature and by visits of musicians from his two cities – Bonn and Wien – during Midtåsen Culture festival in July 2021 and at the end: the magnificent 9th symphony on the master’s 251st birthday!

We really believe in TO BE – and hope that our new plans remove all possibilities of – or not TO BE!



Ssens Trio
Beethoven, Schubert, Hallgrimsson
Andebu Church – 18.00


Soloist from the Oslo Philharmonic
Beethoven Septet, Martinu etc.
Hjertnes kulturhus, sal 1 – 18.00


Engegårdkvartetten and Eivind H. Ringstad
String quartets and quintets
Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Mustonen etc.
Hjertnes kulturhus, sal 1


Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony no 5 etc.
Postponed to November 19 2021


Piano Trio opus 1, no 1 – 1st movement
Piano Sonata no 1 – 1st and 4th movement
Piano Sonata no 32, 1st movement
An die ferne Geliebte
Rondo from the Violin Concerto
Cavatine and Finale from String Quartet no 13

Christian Ihle Hadland, piano
Magnus Staveland, tenor
– Arvid Engegård, violin
– Sara Chen, violin
– Juliet Jopling, viola
– Jan Clemens Carlsen, cello
Rebecca Nøstrud Isaksen, violin
Jakob Bjønnes, piano

Hjertnes kulturhus, sal 1 – 19.00



Odd Gleditsch


Einar Abrahamsen
Andebu Sparebank
Hvallfangstens hus
Thor Dahl
Dukken 3
Sandefjords Blad
Skagerak Energi


Sandefjord kommune
Sparebankstiftelsen DNB - Dextra
Vestfold og Telemark fylkeskommune
Anders Jahres Humanitære stiftelse

The German Embassy, Oslo – The Austrian Embassy, Oslo – Scandic Park Sandefjord

CSD Sealing & Protecting Systems AS – Unike Hoteller – bk


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