The sound of Rosendal

The beautiful village by the Hardangerfjord has its barony with roots from 1665. Leif Ove Andsnes has retrieved music belonging to – and literally created a new sound from the Barony.

Now the Barony has rebuilt the barn into a concert hall, a much needed arena, with seating for 460 listeners. The place has a long tradition of intimate concerts in the old castle. The small concert venues are also used during the festival, creating intimate Schubertiades.

The thing that is completely new at this festival is that the sound in the new Knights Hall in the old barn is digitized. Almost like swearing in the church for chamber musicians. But the elongated wooden building would have been heavy and difficult to fill with good sounding acoustically. How that would have worked out, we never got to hear. The digital processing Andsnes envisaged before the festival turned out to work – and of course, was the big talk among both musicians and audience.

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Pictures and project manager acoustics:: Magne Skålevik.