Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2024

Det Norske Solistkor


The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir is an innovative young ensemble, steeped in a rich history. As one of Europe’s leading chamber choirs, they perform spectacular concerts in Norway and abroad, in concert halls and churches, in caravans and in abandoned factory venues. The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir consists of 26 hand-picked, professional singers who have a tremendous ability to blend their voices, resulting in a highly distinctive choral expression. Along with its celebrated artistic leader Grete Pedersen, the choir achieves ambitious artistic goals through constant development.

Concerts featuring the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir give listeners a chance to experience new compositions, folk music and classics from Nordic and international choral literature – often in unexpected combinations. The choir organises its own series of concerts, in addition to appearing at leading festivals in Norway and abroad. The choir has a number of critically acclaimed albums and distinctions to its credit.

Since its inception in 1950, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir has carved out a unique position in Norwegian music. Knut Nystedt conducted the choir for no fewer than 40 years before Grete Pedersen took over in 1990. In autumn 2019, Yuval Weinberg will raise his baton as the choir’s first guest conductor.

The albums Bach: The Motets and Luciano Berio: Coro, received the prestigious French prize “Diapason d’or de l’année”. The recording Lament received the Spellemann Award in 2020, often referred to as the Norwegian equivalent to a Grammy. The album Meins lebens licht was nominated for Spellemann in 2015. The choir has also been named “Performers of the Year” by the Norwegian Society of Composers.

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Festival Performances Year 2024

Welcome with honour (folk tune)
Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)

Béla Bartók: Contrasts
Florian Donderer (violin), Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet), Zlata Chochieva (piano)

Franz Liszt: From Études d´exécution transcendante: no. 5 "Feux Follets", no. 12, "Chasse-neige"
Zlata Chochieva (piano)

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer: The Loki Castle
Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)


Béla Bartók: Violin Sonata No. 1, Sz.75
Vilde Frang (violin), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

György Kurtág: Ligatura—Message to Frances‐Marie (the Answered Unanswered Question), Op. 31b
Adrien Jurkovic, Thomas Descamps (violins), Tanja Tetzlaff, Simon Iachemet (cellos), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

György Kurtág: Selections from Játékok and Jelek, játékok és üzenetek
Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Antoine Tamestit (viola)

György Kurtág: Omaggio a Luigi Nono, Op. 16
Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)

Robert Schumann: Gute Nacht, Op. 59 No.
Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)


Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47
Zlata Chochieva (piano), Vilde Frang (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)

György Kurtág: Hommage à R. Sch., Op. 15d
Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Franz Schubert: Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D.714
Norwegian Soloists' Choir (male voices), Grete Pedersen (conductor), Antoine Tamestit, Raphaël Pagnon (violas), Tanja Tetzlaff, Simon Iachemet (cellos), Christian Henriksen (double bass)

Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 in D minor, Sz. 114
Quatuor Agate


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K. 581
Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet), Quatuor Agate

Johann Sebastian Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245
Benedikt Kristjánsson (tenor), Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor), baroque ensemble

Johann Sebastian Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245
Benedikt Kristjánsson (tenor), Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor), Baroque ensemble

Ragnhild Gudbrandsen reads poems by Jon Fosse, Paul Antschel, Remi Kanazi, Gunvor Hofmo and Arnhild Eidslot
Ragnhild Gudbrandsen

J. S. Bach/Kurtág: Chorale Prelude: Aus tiefer not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687
Zlata Chochieva (piano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

László Weiner: Adagio from Serenade for String Trio
Florian Donderer (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer: Trinity
Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer (voice), Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor)

György Kurtág: In nomine - all'ongharese
Florian Donderer (violin)

J. S. Bach/Bartók: Lento from Trio sonata in G major, BWV 530
Zlata Chochieva (piano)

J. S. Bach/Rachmaninov: Prelude from Partita for Solo Violin in E Major BWV 1006
Zlata Chochieva (piano)


Franz Liszt: Via Crucis, S.53
Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)