The summer home of Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina is a must for music lovers.
The modest house is a traditional ornate timber villa in a natural woodland setting situated on a peninsula overlooking Nordås Lake. There is a small cabin on the shore where Grieg composed. The villa and cabin are furnished together with many photographs and memorabilia indicating their love of music, Norway and entertaining.
The composing cabin is at the bottom of a small steep fern and tree lined valley. At the top of the valley there is a new unobtrusive concert hall. The architecture is modern yet it blends wonderfully into its surroundings. The stepped roof is covered with vegetation that lines the valley.The architect needs congratulating on designing a building that is acoustically and visually pleasing.
We were treated to half an hour piano recital; the pianist was exceptional. Whilst being totally absorbed in the music, we looked out past the pianist to the composing cabin taking in the view which gave Grieg his inspiration to write the music.
There is also an excellent modern museum and coffee shop within the grounds.
It would be advisable to go early in the day as this is a popular attraction. There are steps into the villa and the woodland paths are steep.
This was a very special visit for us as the organist at our wedding 40 years ago played Grieg music including Wedding Day at Troldhaugen; which we heard today in the concert hall.
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