Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2024

Ensemble Allegria

Ensemble Allegria


Allegria (ital.) means a merriment and enjoyment, and indeed it was the pleasure of playing together that led a group of music students to launch the orchestra in 2007. Ensemble Allegria is considered among Norway´s leading music ensembles and are known for combining high artistic quality with spontaneity and flexibility. Ensemble Allegria is comprised of 23 musicians and since its beginning, the orchestra has been managed independently by its own members. Its permanent concertmaster and artistic director is Maria Angelika Carlsen.

In addition to its own concert series “NÅ” in Oslo, Ensemble Allegria has performed at a number of the leading music festivals in Norway and has collaborated with internationally known soloists, such as Tine Thing Helseth, Martin Fröst, Truls Mørk, Lawrence Power, Kathryn Stott and Benjamin Schmid. The orchestra has released 3 recordings, whereas two have been nominated for the Norwegian Grammy, and has for several years been engaged in projects in collaboration with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir. In 2018 they received, together with The Norwegian Soloist Choir, Diapason d’or de l’année for Choir Record of the Year.

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Festival Performances Year 2024

Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude & Scherzo: Two pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 (1925)
Veriko Tchumburidze (violin), Sonoko Miriam Welde (violin), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Clemens Hagen (cello), Quatour Danel.

Edison Denisov Sonata for Solo Clarinet (1972)
Anthony Mc Gill (clarinet)

Modest Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death (1875 - 1877)
Andrei Bondarenko (baritone), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)


Alexander Vustin: Zaitev’s letter (1990)
Christophe Poncet de Solages, ténor, Ensemble Allegria, PERCelleh (percussion). Christian Eggen, conductor.

Dmitri Shostakovich Chamber Symphony (after String Quartet No. 8), Op. 110a (1967
Ensemble Allegria.

Sergej Prokofjev: Toccata op. 11 (1912)
Arranged for Two Marimbas by Samuel Chan. PERCelleh (percussion)

Terje Viken: New piece for Percussion Duo (world premiere)
PERCelleh (percussion)

Johan Kvandal: Sonata for Strings Op. 79 (1994)
Ensemble Allegria

Kara Karayev: Three Miniatures (1947-1948)
Ensemble Allegria


Valentin Silvestrov: Postludes Nos. 1 and 2 (1981)
Ensemble Allegria, Marianna Shirinyan (piano)

Dmitri Sjostakovitsj: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Minor, Op. 138 (1969-1970)
Quatour Danel

Dmitri Sjostakovitsj: Spring, Spring Op. 128 (Pushkin) (1967)
Andrei Bondarenko (baryton), Marianna Shirinyan (piano)

Dmitri Sjostakovitsj: Monologues Op. 91 (Pushkin) (1952)
Andrei Bondarenko (baryton), Marianna Shirinyan (piano)

Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quintet (1976)
Quatour Danel, Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin, Op. 46a (1936 – 1937) - No. 4
Orchestrated by Gerard McBurney. Andrei Bondarenko (baryton), Anthony McGill (bass clarinet), Johannes Wik (harp) and Ensemble Allegria.

Samuil Feinberg: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat minor, Op. 6 (1918)
Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 (1911)
Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

Alexander Vustin: In memoriam Grigori Fried (2014)
Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Marianna Shirinyan (piano)


Alexander Vustin: Offering (2005)
Marianna Shirinyan (piano), Ensemble Allegria, PerCelleh (percussion)

Dmitri Sjostakovitsj: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1940)
Veriko Tchumburidze (violin), Sonoko Miriam Welde (violin), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Clemens Hagen (cello), Marc-André Hamelin (piano)