Renewed agreement between the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Litton.

Litton’s contract as chief conductor and artistic leader of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (BFO) has been extended to last throughout the 2100/11 season.

Andrew Litton dirigerer (foto:

-The collaboration with Litton has given one of the worlds oldest orchestras (it was established in 1765) renewed international recognition. Thus writes the orchestra in a press release concerning the renegotiated contract with Litton.

Since Litton’s appointment as chief conductor and artistic leader in 2003 the orchestra has toured intensively in Europe. It has played the Musikverein in Vienna and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, seen its PROMS debut in the summer of 2007 and completed a three week tour of the US in the fall of 2007.

The New York Times reviewed the concert in Carnegie hall:

“The Bergen Philharmonic played with a an unusual solidity and warmth, and produced a breadth of color that gave a distinct sonic thumbprint..
-the orchestra’s strengths carry it a long way…
-the impeccable firmness of the brass choirs and woodwinds was immediately striking, as was
the vigour of the percussion..
-Mr. Litton’s reading had the virtues of supremely polished surfaces with raw, often savage emotion swirling just beneath them."

BFO and Litton enjoy an active partnership with the record labels BIS (Sweden) and Hyperion (GB). The recording of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet was awarded the Norwegian Grammy in 2007, and the latest release on BIS, violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov, featuring Vadim Gluzman, was voted record of the month by Classic FM
Magazine. The review read: “Conductor Andrew Litton’s transformation of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic into one of Europe’s most lithe and sensitive orchestras has rendered it among the finest accompaniment providers available; a luxurious partner for any soloist, especially when the formidable skills of Litton are thrown in as part of the deal.

Litton has contributed to the effort of establishing The New Opera in Bergen. Opera magazine reviewed last season’s performance of Carmen: ”The singing was fine, but the main credits go to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which played wonderfully under Litton’s leadership. “

The orchestra’s director, Sten Cranner, is delighted to continue the partnership with Litton:
-We’ve achieved a lot together during the five years he’s been here, and we know that we’ll achieve a lot more in the years to come.

Translated from the press release by Christian Lysvåg

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