Evening concerts

Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano; Nils Anders Mortensen, piano

The Frieze of Life

November 17th, 2022
Marianne Beate Kielland
© Liv Øvland

When Edvard Munch meets Richard Strauss... A mutual admiration brought the two artists together, evidenced by the painter's portrait of the composer. Marianne Beate Kielland throws together the program of an evening that could have brought them together.

During the inauguration of the ceremonial hall of the University of Oslo in 1916, decorated by Munch with the fresco The Frieze of Life, it is said that Strauss was so fascinated that he could hardly concentrate on his keyboard! They met during this same stay and the painter drew one of the most famous portraits of the composer. Strauss' melodies are answered here by Grieg, as well as A Woman's Love and Life by Schumann, a model of the Straussian lied but perhaps also a source of inspiration for Munch's artwork.


Nils Anders Mortensen
Nils Anders Mortensen
© Knut Åserud


  • Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano
  • Nils Anders Mortensen, piano

On the program

  • Edvard Grieg, Sex digte (Six Poems), op. 25
  • Richard Strauss
    • Schlagende Herzen, op. 29, no. 2 
    • Geduld, op. 10, no. 5 
    • Allerseelen, op. 10, no. 8 
    • Ruhe meine seele, op. 27, no. 1 
    • Für fünfzehn Pfennige, op. 36, no. 2 
    • Die Georgine, op. 10, no. 4 
    • Die Nacht, op. 10, no. 3
  • Robert Schumann, Frauenliebe und -lieben, op. 42
  • Richard Wagner, La Mort d’Isolde

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