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Barokkanerne is an all-Norwegian baroque orchestra, consisting of Oslo-based, young professional musicians, all with recognized special skills within the field of Early Music. The ensemble was established in 1989, and gives concerts both as a full orchestra and as smaller chamber-music groups. Venues have included the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Oslo International Church Music Festival, broadcasts on the NRK radio and television network (the Norwegian Broadcasting Company), and tours abroad, including most recently concerts in Israel and Lithuania.

In 2006 Barokkanerne performed with Det Norske Solistkor in the world premiere of Lasse Thoresen’s Ut Unum Sint, which was written specifically for this orchestra.

Barokkanerne’s activities have traditionally included performances of music for choir, soloists and orchestra, such as Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, the St John and St Matthew Passions by Bach, Monteverdi’s Vespers, and Handel’s Messiah.
During recent years Barokkanerne has begun to draw a wide audience as a purely instrumental ensemble. The increased level of skill, artistry and enthusiasm amongst its members has spurred the orchestra to aim for more independent tasks.

Barokkanerne’s solely orchestral series is called Cafebarokk , and is now in its second season. Following the great success of last year, the season of 2008/09 comprises six concerts. The concerts take place at Cafeteatret in downtown Oslo on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Cafeteatret is a unique venue, which can accommodate an audience of 120 people. The interior is baroque in style, and the atmosphere is perfect for intimate concerts. The audience is seated at tables, and the bar will be open before the concert. The kitchen will be open for food orders afterwards, serving delicious, organic food.

Cafeteatret seen from the gallery

The programs for these hour long concerts will feature well known favourites from the baroque orchestral repertoire as well as rarely heard treasures. We’re also proud to present solo performances by our internationally renowned English directors in addition to some of our world class Norwegian soloists.

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Program for Cafebarokk

September 9 and 10, 2008 – «Ønskekonserten» («Wish Concert»)
Barokkanerne will fulfill the musical wishes of our audience!
Leader/ baroque violine: Rodolfo Richter. (The Palladians)

October 21 and 22, 2008 – «Tidlig på’n» («Up early»)
Early baroque with multiple choirs and heavenly harmonies.
Leader/lute: Rolf Lislevand.

November 25 and 26, 2008 - «Viva Vivaldi»
Wild and wonderful from Venice!
Leader/baroque violine: Peter Spissky. (Concerto Copenhagen)
Soprano: Tone Wik

January 27 and 28, 2009 - «Händel instrumental»
Ouverture, oboe concerto, oboe band!
Leader/baroque oboe: Alfredo Bernardini. (Zefiro)

March 3 and 4, 2009 - «Lettere arrangert» («Lightly arranged»)
Old masters with an old twist.
Leader/baroque violin: Kati Debretzeni. (English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner)

April 21 and 22, 2009 - «Händel vokal»
Händel’s operatic vocal- and instrumental music meet in a duel.
Leader/baroque violin soloist: Catherine Martin. (Gabrieli Consort & Players)
Bass: Njål Sparbo

Previous season

April 1, 2008 at 19.30 – “Grande Finale”
Bigger orchestra, larger wind section and a fuller complement of string players. Excerpts from Tafelmusik by Telemann, one of Handel’s Concerti Grossi, in addition to solo performances. Leader/director Rodolfo Richter.

February 5, 2008 at 19.30 – “Italiensk for nybegynnere” («Italian for beginners»)
Music from 17th Century Italy. Vivaldi, Corelli and Scarlatti etc
Leader/director Kati Debretzeni.

January 15, 2008 at 19.30 – “Bare Bach” («all Bach»)
Wilhelm Friedmann Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach and his cousin Johann Bernhard Bach. Leader/director Catherine Martin.

December 11, 2007 at 19.30 – “Eurovision”
European styles of the Baroque, by Rebel, Telemann, Purcell and others, as well as the popular Christmas Concerto by Corelli. Leader/director Clare Salaman.

Leaders/directors for the Cafebarokk series:

Rodolfo Richter enjoys a successful career as violinist and leader of Florilegium and the Palladians, often appearing in the big venues of London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Sydney, Chicago, New York etc. He was a prize-winner at the International Early Music Competition for Ensembles in Bruges (2000) and first prize at the Antonio Vivaldi International Violin Competition (2001). He is often invited as soloist and to lead/direct many orchestras, including the English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music. He has recorded Vivaldi solo concertos (Opus111), Bach and Telemann’s triple concertos (Channel Classics), Handel’s trio sonatas (Harmonia Mundi USA), sonatas by Tartini, Veracini and Vivaldi and the first recording of the complete sonatas by Erlebach (Linn Records). He is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London.

Rodolfo Richter

Rolf Lislevand (b 1961) studied the classical guitar in Norway and then specialized in the lute at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, under the guidance of Hopkinson Smith and Eugène Dombois. He was then asked by Jordi Savall to accompany him with groups such as Hespèrion XX, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and the Concert des Nations. Through Savall and Montserrat Figueras, he acquired first-hand knowledge of 17th century French and Spanish instrumental and vocal music. Since 1987, Rolf Lislevand has been living in Verona, Italy, where he has been trying to reconstruct an authentic way of performing Italian music from the first half of the 17th century. Rolf Lislevand’s solo-recordings are released by the French label Auvidis/Astrée, and he has received numerous prizes, such as the French ‘Diapason d’Or de l’année 1994 and 2000′ award.

Peter Spissky studied violin at the Music Academy in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Music Academy in Malmö, Sweden, where he received the soloist diploma in 1995. He is a concertmaster in Concerto Copenhagen, Malmö BarockOrkester, and plays with leading European ensembles such as Tragicomedia, Tiramisu, and Teatro Lirico. He teaches baroque violin at the Music Academy of Malmö and the Conservatory in Odense (Denmark).

Alfredo Bernardini
Born in Rome in 1961, Alfredo Bernardini moved to Holland in 1981 in order to specialize in the baroque oboe and Early Music at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with, among others, Bruce Haynes and Ku Ebbinge. In 1987 he obtained the Soloist Diploma from that institute. He now plays regularly with the most outstanding Early Music groups, including Hesperion XX, le Concert Des Nations, la Petite Bande, Das Freiburger Barockorchester, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
However, he has never played with the Heidelberger Kammerorchester.
In 1989 he founded ZEFIRO together with the brothers Paolo and Alberto Grazzi.

Kati Debretzeni is one of Europe’s leading directors within baroque/Early Music and leads on a regular basis ensembles like English Baroque Soloists (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman) and Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra. In addition, she is an active soloist and chamber musician, in ensembles like Ricordo, which excels by playing all music by heart. She has made several critically acclaimed CD-recordings, as soloist, concert master and chamber musician. She is an excellent teacher, with a position at the Conservatory in the Hague, as well as master classes all over Europe.

Kati Debretzeni

The violinist Catherine Martin is one of England’s most popular directors within the field of baroque and Early Music. She leads Gabrieli Consort and Players and Early Opera Company, in addition to frequently being engaged as a leader/director for English Concert and Florilegium, I Fagiolini and Feinstein Ensemble. She also leads Ensemble Galant and has recently joined Solomon String Quartet, led by Simon Standage. Catherine is a sought-after soloist, and has done several CD recordings, most notably as soloist with Gabrieli Players on Deutsche Grammophon and with Ensemble Galant on EMI.

Caterine Martin

Clare Salaman is a British baroque violinist with large experience as leader, director, and chamber musician. Orchestras she has led include European Baroque Orchestra, Florilegium, and Welsh Baroque Orchestra. She started her career as baroque violinist in The English Concert and has since played in all the most significant Early Music ensembles i Britain, and many others in Europe. As chamber musician in Purcell Quartet, Charivari Agreeable og St.James Baroque Players among others, she has done numerous recordings and BBC performances. She has also specialized in instruments like hurdy gurdy, viola d’amore, nyckelharpa and Hardanger fiddle, and has recently established the folk music group SYM with Norwegian folk musician Anne Hytta.

Clare Salaman


Administrative director:

Johan Nicolai Mohn

tlf: +47 22445018/+47 47090475
address: Gangerolvsgt. 2e, N-0273 Oslo, Norway

Artistic advisers:

Mari Giske
tlf: +47 99100324

Christian Kjos
tlf: +47 93437679

For Newsletter on Barokkanerne’s activities, contact Maren Elle