Ellen Nisbeth viola – Bengt Forsberg piano


Scandinavian suite, for cello and piano (transcr. for viola and piano Ellen Nisbeth), excerpts Percy Grainger
Sonata no. 2 for violin and piano (transcr. for viola and piano Lionel Tertis) Frederick Delius
Tales of lost times for violo solo (ECHO Commission) Katarina Leyman
Anatomy of a murder (transcr. for viola and piano Hans Palmqvist & Ellen Nisbeth), excerpts Duke Ellington
Gigue (Partita no. 2 for violin, BWV 1004, transcr. for viola) Johann Sebastian Bach
Arrival Platform Humlet, for viola solo Percy Grainger
To a Nordic Princess (transcr. Hans Palmqvist & Ellen Nisbeth) Percy Grainger
Sonata op. 45, for violin and piano (transcr. Ellen Nisbeth) Edvard Grieg

The Stockholm Concert House named viola player Ellen Nisbeth as its Rising Star for the 2017-2018 season. Together with fellow Swede Bengt Forsberg, she performs a programme largely inspired by her Scandinavian background. In addition to an arrangement of Grieg's Violin Sonata no.3, for viola, Nisbeth will play three pieces by British composer Percy Grainger, a good friend of Grieg’s and a lover of Scandinavian culture. Grainger was also one of Frederick Delius's close friends. Like Grainger, Delius sought out the high Northern latitudes; he had a summer house in Norway. It was in his Norwegian chalet that Delius began composing his Sonata no 2 for Violin. Nisbeth plays an arrangement by famous viola player, Lionel Tertis.