"A lovely and beautiful Christmas CD of the ensemble "Barokkanerne"."Stretto, 13-12-2018
Born in Rome, Alfredo Bernardini moved to Holland at the age of twenty to specialize in the baroque oboe and Early Music at the Royal Conservatory at the Hague, studying with Bruce Haynes and Ku Ebbinge, among others. Today Bernardini is recognized as one of the foremost baroque oboe specialists in the world. The leading Early Music groups with which he has performed include Hesperion XX, Le Concert Des Nations, La Petite Bande, Das Freiburger Barockorchester, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
In 1989, together with the brothers Paolo and Alberto Grazzi, he founded the ensemble ZEFIRO, which has gained international acclaim. Bernardini’s numerous recordings have received important prizes, including the Cannes Classical Awards in 1995 for Vivaldi’s Concertos for Oboe on the Astrèe Naìve label. He has performed regularly as guest leader of baroque ensembles in Europe, Canada, Australia, Cuba, and Israel, and with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. In January 2013 he led the first baroque orchestra in the internationally renowned project El Sistema de Musica in Venezuela. In addition to his performance career, Bernardini researches the history of wind instruments and makes copies of historical oboes, and as of 2014 he is professor of baroque oboe at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Since 2009 he has been a much beloved guest leader for Barokkanerne, and he can also be heard on two of our earlier releases, “Empfindsamkeit!” (LAWO, 2013) and “TotallyTelemann” (LAWO, 2015).
Cecilia Bernardini is widely considered to be one of the most versatile violinists of her generation and has won prizes on both the modern and the baroque violin. In addition to performing as soloist, Cecilia frequently leads many internationally renowned modern and period instrument ensembles, including Ensemble Pygmalion, Ensemble Zefiro, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, Holland Baroque Society, Arcangelo, Vox Luminis, The King’s Consort in London, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg. In 2012 Cecilia was appointed leader of the Dunedin Consort based in Scotland, and with them she has recorded Bach's St. John Passion, a Grammy-nominated version of the Brandenburg Concertos, and Bach’s violin concertos. Besides touring the world over as soloist and orchestra leader, Cecilia is a passionate chamber musician who performs with, among others,
fortepianist Keiko Shichijo, the piano trio Soldat, and with her father, Barokkanerne’s favourite guest leader, Alfredo Bernardini, in Quartetto Bernardini. Other recordings by Cecilia Bernardini include 3 Sonatas for Harp and Violin by Louis Spohr with harpist Masumi Nagasawa, violin sonatas of the seventeenth century with lutenist Matthew Wadsworth, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with Ensemble Zefiro. She plays a violin built by Nicolo Amati in 1643, on generous loan from Netherlands Music Instrument Foundation.
Berit Norbakken Solset is one of our leading sopranos. A graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music, she won the 2006 INTRO-classical competition, the prestigious launch programme sponsored by Concerts Norway. This led to, among other things, a close collaboration with Bjarte Eike and Barokksolistene. Besides frequent appearances as soloist in oratorios, passions and masses, she has performed as solo artist at many of Norway’s major festivals. Lately she has also sung opera to much acclaim, most recently in a new staged production of St John Passion by Bach, directed by Calixto Bieito, at Theatro Arriaga in Bilbao. She has developed a close collaboration with Juanjo Mena, with whom she has frequent engagements. She appears often with leading conductors and orchestras in the largest concert halls, among them Sydney Opera House and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. Conductors with whom she works on a regular basis include Robert King, Daniel Reuss, Erik Nielsen, Mikhael Pletnev, Andreas Spering, Olof Boman and Ottavio Dantone.
The classical music magazine Gramophone wrote of Marianne Beate Kielland: “The mezzo-soprano is quite outstanding: strong, firm, sensitive in modulations, imaginative in her treatment of words, with a voice pure in quality, wide in range, and unfalteringly true in intonation.” Kielland studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Svein Bjørkøy. Her other teachers have included Oren Brown and Barbara Bonney. Considered today one of Scandinavia’s leading singers, she performs regularly on major concert stages in Europe and Japan. Among the conductors with whom she has sung are Michel Corboz, Phillippe Herreweghe, Fabio Biondi, Jordi Savall, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Christophe Rousset, Marc Minkowski, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Dausgaard, Jos van Immerseel, Andrew Manze, Robert King and Rune Bergmann. In 2012 Kielland received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Classical Vocal Solo Album for her recording of “Veslemøy Synsk” by composer Olav Anton Thommessen. With close to fifty other albums in addition to a demanding concert schedule, she has established herself as an exceptional performer with a wide-ranging repertoire from baroque to contemporary.
Anders J. Dahlin is regarded as one of the leading haute-contre tenors of his generation. Conductors with whom he works on a regular basis include Christophe Rousset, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm, Hervé Niquet, Alexis Kossenko, Francois-Xavier Roth, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon and Mark Minkowski. With a repertoire ranging from baroque to Britten, Dahlin is in frequent demand as a concert soloist and has performed on most of the important concert stages in Europe. As opera soloist he has sung, among others, the title roles in the Rameau operas “Zoroastre” (in Amsterdam and at Drottningholm Palace Theatre in Stockholm) and “Castor et Pollux” (in Salle Pleyel, Paris); Jason in Charpentier’s “Médée” at TCE, Paris, and David in “David et Jonathas” with the Pinchgut Opera in Sydney; and in 2017 Titus in the critically acclaimed production of Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Moreover, he appears in a number of other main roles in operas of Charpentier, Monteverdi, Lully, Demarest, Campra, Gluck and Mozart, among others, and he has received significant international recognition as the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions. In 2014 Dahlin was awarded a stipend from the prestigious Jussi Björling Memorial Foundation.
Having established himself in a short time as one of Norway’s leading singers, Halvor F. Melien is today a much sought-after baritone who performs regularly in Scandinavia, Europe and Asia. He has worked with Early Music specialists Paul Agnew, Fabio Biondi, Alessandro De Marchi and Andrew Lawrence-King, among others, and he is a versatile singer with a wide-ranging repertoire of operas, oratorios, masses, cantantas, and song cycles in all styles. He has sung with top international orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ho-Chi-Minh City Symphony Orchestra, as well as with leading Norwegian symphony orchestras and ensembles, including the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Trondheim Soloists, and Oslo Sinfonietta. He has also been engaged as soloist at the Norwegian National Opera and on other opera stages, in church music contexts, and in smaller settings. He has received special recognition for his Bach interpretations. Moreover, he has premiered and recorded works of contemporary composers, including Ørjan Matre, Knut Vaage and Øyvind Mæland. The German Lied from Schubert and Schumann via Mahler to Webern is also an important part of his repertoire and he is at present part of two Lied duos. A graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music, Melien has also studied in Berlin and has participated in the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Barokkanerne and the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra combined forces in January 2018 to form Barokkanerne – Norwegian Baroque Ensemble. Both ensembles were established at the end of the 1980s as the very first independent professional baroque orchestras on period instruments in Scandinavia. Since then they have been cornerstones in building up a Norwegian Early Music scene with concert series in Oslo, concert tours in Norway and abroad, countless festival performances, and continual efforts to improve competence within Early Music among youth, students, amateurs and professionals. The two ensembles’ collective discography is also substantial. A focus of NBO has been baroque music composed in Norway – as, for example, in its last release under the direction of Gottfried von der Goltz, with music of Johan Daniel and Johan Heinrich Berlin, father and son, who resided in Trondheim (SIMAX, 2014). For their part, Barokkanerne have featured young, Norwegian Early Music talents such as harpsichordist Christian Kjos on the recording “Empfinsamkeit!”, with music of CPE Bach (LAWO, 2013), and recorder player Ingeborg Christophersen on its previous release, “Recordare Venezia” (LAWO, 2017), with a musical spectrum of composers who were active in Venice.
Barokkanerne collaborate with outstanding performers as artistic directors and soloists. Former artistic director for NBO, baroque cellist Kristin von der Goltz, has been the new ensemble’s main guest leader in its first season, with three productions in 2018. Besides Kristin von der Goltz and Alfredo Bernardini, Barokkanerne have collaborated with many other top international performers, including Rachel Podger, Emma Kirkby, Kati Debretzeni, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Andrew Lawrence-King. Barokkanerne are administered by Stiftelsen Norsk Barokkorkester and are led by a triumvirate consisting of Johan Nicolai Mohn, Andreas Johnson and Mari Giske and supported by an artistic council made up of Alfredo Bernardini, Marianne Beate Kielland and Christian Kjos. Barokkanerne (NBE) receive support from Arts Council Norway, the Bergesen Foundation, and the Anders Sveaas’ Charitable Foundation.
A lovely and beautiful Christmas CD of the ensemble "Barokkanerne".
"Er heißet Wunderbar!", The wonderfully beautiful Christmas CD from the ensemble "Barokkanerne" on the label Lawo Classics.