Music from Norway–The Bergen Baroque

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Program: #10-50   Air Date: Dec 06, 2010

Each year, we try to catch up with this wonderful ensemble we have featured since the early '90s--we'll hear their latest efforts.

NOTE: All of the music on this program showcases the Bergen Baroque. Volume II of A Holberg Recital is CD No. BD7067CD. For more information, you may search:

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Bergen Barokk was established by Frode Thorsen and Hans Knut Sveen in 1994 in connection with a concert series supported by the city arts department in Bergen and is today one of Norway's leading early-music ensembles. The group has concertized and appeared in radio broadcasts in Scandinavia, Russia and USA. Their recordings on Simax Classics, BIS, Bergen Digital Studio and Toccata Classics include German, English, Italian and French repertoire.
The ensemble has since 2006 worked with the complete recording of Telemann's cantata cycle "Harmonischer Gottes-Dienst", a collection of 72 cantatas for all Sundays, Passiontide and feast days of the liturgical year. The project is a collaboration between The Grieg Academy (University of Bergen) and Toccata Classics, London. As the performing group in the project, Bergen Barokk has recorded 6 of the total 11 CDs. "A Holberg Recital" is Bergen Barokk's 3 CDs series with music which is based on the Danish-Norwegian writer, essayist, philosopher, historian and playwright Ludvig Holberg's musical taste and possible repertoire. Vol. 2 in this series was published in 2010.

Bergen Barokk has collaborated with several ensembles through the recent years, some of them are Pratum Integrum (Moscow), Norwegian Soloists' Choir and Barokksolistene (Norway). Bergen Barokk has performed on Festspillene i Bergen, Philadelphia Bach Festival, Moscow Early Music Festival.

The leaders of the Bergen Barokk are Frode Thorsen and Hans Knut Sveen. The core of performing members in Bergen Barokk is Frode Thorsen, Mona Julsrud, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola and Hans Knut Sveen. However, different demands in repertoire and instrumentation leads to a broad variation of participating musicians and ensemble sizes.

I. MARIN MARAIS (1656-1728): Suite V in e minor (from Pièces en trio, 1692).

II. LOUIS MARCHAND (1669-1732): Suite in g minor (from Pièces de clavecin, Book 2, 1703)

III. ROBERT de VISÉE (c.1665-1732): Prelude; La conversation.

IV. CHARLES DIEUPART (1667-1740): Troisième suite in b minor (1701)

Composer Info

MARIN MARAIS (1656-1728), LOUIS MARCHAND (1669-1732), ROBERT de VISÉE (c.1665-1732), CHARLES DIEUPART (1667-1740)

CD Info

CD No. BD7067CD

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