Er heißet Wunderbar! (Christmas In The Spirit of Barokkanerne) (2018)

Bach, Telemann, Christoph Graupner, Fasch

Barokkanerne, Alfredo Bernadini


Barokkanerne, under the direction of baroque oboist Alfredo Bernardini, rings in Christmas with German baroque music by a four-leaf clover of composers who vied for the post of cantor of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig – a position filled by J. S. Bach after candidates Telemann, Graupner and Fasch all declined for different reasons. The ensemble serves up Advent and Christmas cantatas by Graupner, Fasch and the great Bach himself, as well as a splendid Telemann concerto led by father and daughter Bernadini.

Also contributing to this album are soprano Berit Norbakken Solset, mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland, tenor Anders J. Dahlin and baritone Halvor F. Melien – all with careers spanning the globe.

Barokkanerne are an Oslo-based Early Music ensemble and one of the very first independent professional baroque orchestras on period instruments in Scandinavia. The orchestra is Norway’s most active baroque ensemble 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. Previous releases on the LAWO Classics label, “Empfindsamkeit!” (LWC1038), “Totally Telemann” (LWC1074) and “Record-are Venezia” (LWC1114), have received glowing reviews at home and abroad.

Since 2009 Alfredo Bernardini has been a much beloved guest leader for Barokkanerne, and he can also be heard on two of the ensemble’s earlier releases, “Empfindsam-keit!” and “Totally Telemann”.

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.

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Barokkanerne, a period instrument ensemble based in Oslo, maintains an extensive concert schedule and has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Oslo International Church Music Festival, the Kirsten Flagstad Festival, the Oslo Opera Festival, and the Arts Festival of North Norway. The ensemble has also contributed to a number of television and radio productions of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. “Empfindsamkeit” (LWC1038), its first release on the LAWO Classics label, has received glowing reviews both at home and abroad. Led by Alfredo Bernardini, it offers the listener symphonies and concertos of C. P. E. Bach.

Marianne Beate Kielland

Marianne Beate Kielland has established herself as one of the foremost singers of Scandinavia, and is one of the few Norwegian singers to have received a Grammy nomination. The versatile mezzo soprano started her international career as an ensemble member of Staatsoper Hannover. Since then she has been working frequently with leading orchestras and ensembles and enjoying a vast concert repertoire spanning from early 17th century works through to Classical, Romantic and the contemporary eras.

Recent season highlights include Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the 18th Century Orchestra on tour to the Netherlands, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Bergen Philharmonic, Messiah with Malmö Symphony, Bach's St John Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, St Matthew Passion with BBC Philharmonic, and Haydn Seven Last Words with L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. Her recent symphonic and oratorio appearances include Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie and Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Mass in B minor with Gothenburg Symphony, Gli Angeli Genève and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Christmas Oratorio with Tonkünstler Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach Cantatas with Bachstiftung St. Gallen, Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres with The King's Consort, Handel's Messiah with Musica Vitae, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's Arianna a Naxos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Anima Eterna, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and at the Sydney Opera House, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Das Lied von der Erde with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Songs of a Wayfarer with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Berio's Folksongs with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

She has also appeared with other major orchestras and ensembles including Wiener Symphoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Flemish Orchestra, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, Europa Galante, Les Talens Lyriques, RIAS Kammerchor, Anima Eterna, Le Concert des Nations, Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan; and has worked with such distinguished conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Harry Christophers, Thomas Dausgaard, John Fiore, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, René Jacobs, Nicholas Kraemer, Andrew Manze, Marc Minkowski, Vasily Petrenko, Daniel Reuss, André de Ridder, Helmut Rilling, Christophe Rousset, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Søndergård and Robin Ticciati.

Ms. Kielland has made more than 40 recordings of oratorios, operas, cantatas and songs by Mahler, Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Caldara, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Martin, Chausson, Korngold, von Suppé, Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Sigurd Islandsmoen. In 2012 she was nominated to a GRAMMY Award in the category Best Classical Vocal Solo for the album Veslemøy Synsk, which features works by composers Edvard Grieg and Olav Anton Thommesen. She performs regularly with pianist Nils Anders Mortensen and the duo has appeared across Europe.

She has 7 DSD albums at the NativeDSD Music store.  This includes recordings from 2L and LAWO Classics.



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LWC1169: Er heißet Wunderbar! (Christmas In The Spirit of Barokkanerne)
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Er heisset Wunderbar, Rat, Kraft, Held, FR 408-1 I. Dictum (Tutti)
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Er heisset Wunderbar, Rat, Kraft, Held, FR 408-1 II. Recitativo (Soprano & Alto)
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Er heisset Wunderbar, Rat, Kraft, Held, FR 408-1 III. Aria (Alto)
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Er heisset Wunderbar, Rat, Kraft, Held, FR 408-1 IV. Choral (Tutti)
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Der Herr wird Konig sein, GWV 1101-36 I. Dictum (Tutti)
Christoph Graupner
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Der Herr wird Konig sein, GWV 1101-36 II. Recitativo (Basso)
Christoph Graupner
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Der Herr wird Konig sein, GWV 1101-36 III. Aria (Basso)
Christoph Graupner
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Der Herr wird Konig sein, GWV 1101-36 IV. Recitativo (Alto & Tenore)
Christoph Graupner
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Der Herr wird Konig sein, GWV 1101-36 V. Aria (Alto & Tenore)
Christoph Graupner
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Der Herr wird Konig sein, GWV 1101-36 VI. Recitativo (Basso)
Christoph Graupner
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Der Herr wird Konig sein, GWV 1101-36 VII. Choral (Tutti)
Christoph Graupner
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Concerto in E minor, TWV 53e2 I. Allegro
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Concerto in E minor, TWV 53e2 II. Andante
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Concerto in E minor, TWV 53e2 III. Allegro, da capo
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Concerto in E minor, TWV 53e2 IV. Menuet
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Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 I. Chorus (Tutti)
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Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 II. Choral (Soprano & Alto)
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Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 III. Aria (Tenore)
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Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 IV. Choral (Tutti)
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Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 V. Aria (Basso)
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Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 VI. Choral (Tenore)
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Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 VII. Aria (Soprano)
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Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36 VIII. Choral (Tutti)
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Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248-1 Bereite dich, Zion (Alto)
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