The Trondheim Concertos

Baroque Ensemble of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Christina Kobb, Sigurd Imsen, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra

(5 press reviews)
Original Recording Format: DXD
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The Trondheim Concertos is the 5th album at NativeDSD featuring members of the Trondheim Symphony from 2L. This recording portrays a selection of contemporaneous music that is preserved in Trondheim.

The manuscripts may be found in the Gunnerus Library’s special collections and probably belonged to the town musician and polymath Johan Daniel Berlin and his circle of musicians. They provide a unique insight into how European instrumental music found fertile ground in one of Denmark and Norway’s largest provincial towns in the decades preceding the union’s dissolution in 1814.

As the eighteenth century progressed, Trondheim experienced strong economic growth. The Great Nordic War was over, and merchants set about exporting timber, stockfish, and copper from the mines of Trøndelag. They maintained close contact with their networks in the main cities of Northern Europe, and Trondheim’s luxury and extravagance characterized its social milieu. Thus, the latest fashions, literature and music from the Continent found their way to Trondheim.

This album is available at NativeDSD in Stereo and 5.1 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD plus Stereo DSD 512.

Produced with support from Norsk kulturfond, Kulturdirektoratet, Torstein Erbos gavefond, Trondheim Kommune, Fond for Utøvede Kunstnere, Fond for Lyd og Bilde

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Baroque Ensemble of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Sigurd Imsen, Solo Violin
Renata Kubala, Violin
Cecilia Wåhlberg, Violin
Verona Rapp, Viola
Torleif Holm, Cello
Fredrik Blikeng, Violone
Thomas C. Boysen, Lute & Theorbo
Gunnhild Tønder, Cembalo & Organ
Christina Kobb, Fortepiano


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Violin Concerto in G Major, Op. 1 No. 9, XM 141: I. Largo
Violin Concerto in G Major, Op. 1 No. 9, XM 141: II. Allegro
Violin Concerto in G Major, Op. 1 No. 9, XM 141: III. Adagio
Violin Concerto in G Major, Op. 1 No. 9, XM 141: IV. Allegro
Violin Concerto in C minor, XM 49: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in C minor, XM 49: II. Grave
Violin Concerto in C minor, XM 49: III. Allegro
Sonata a Cembalo, Violino e Violoncello, XM 3: I. Allegro moderato
Sonata a Cembalo, Violino e Violoncello, XM 3: II. Andante
Sonata a Cembalo, Violino e Violoncello, XM 3: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in A Major, RV 335 'The Cuckoo', XM 140: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in A Major, RV 335 'The Cuckoo', XM 140: II. Largo
Violin Concerto in A Major, RV 335 'The Cuckoo', XM 140: III. Allegro

Total time: 00:51:39

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Analog to Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies at DXD (352.8 kHz)

Financial Support

Produced with support from Norsk kulturfond, Kulturdirektoratet, Torstein Erbos gavefond, Trondheim Kommune, Fond for Utøvede Kunstnere, Fond for Lyd og Bilde

Mastering Engineer

Morten Lindberg


DPA Microphones

Original Recording Format

Piano Technician

Arnfinn Nedland


Morten Lindberg

Recording Engineer

Morten Lindberg

Recording Location

Lademoen Church in Trondheim, Norway during June, 2021

Studio Monitors

Genelec One

Release DateJune 30, 2023

Press reviews


(…) The members of the Baroque Ensemble of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra do not try to show off; they are just darn good musicians, playing with deep respect for the music, the listener, and most probably enjoying themselves immensely in doing so. (…) From my experience, I know that Morton Lindberg doesn’t accept anything but the best and produces for the benefit of the audience the recorded material in a superabundance of formats. My setup doesn’t allow for Dolby Atmos or Auro-3D, but rest assured that listening to DXD 24bit/352.8kHz in DSD 128fs 5.1 surround is the cherry on the cake. Open and warm acoustics at any play-back level, though I usually try to get the sound as realistic as possible; as if I were present.

MusicWeb International

… the whole thing sounds wonderful through both headphones and speakers, and is in every way a demonstration recording that also contains fabulous music in superlative performances.

Positive Feedback

These are delightful performances by the Baroque Ensemble of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Superbly recorded (as always) by Morten Lindberg. Just a complete pleasure to hear! …If you enjoy music of the Baroque, I encourage you to scoop this album straight up. The music is diverse, enjoyable, and very well played.


The repertoire on this album is historically hyper-exciting. The pieces are taken from manuscripts that have been in the collections of the Gunnerus Library for centuries, and are linked to members of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, established in 1760 at the height of the Enlightenment.

The plays tell volumes about what the high-ranking merchants in the region and the German officials who had been exiled (or promoted) to a position in Trondheim wanted to build around them. In short, timber, iron, copper and fish were to be balanced with science and culture; theatre, literature, French wine – and not least: Italian music.

The album consists of three violin concertos and a violin sonata. Among the concerts we find Vivaldi, of course – the great pop celebrity of his time. The “Ko-ko Concerto” – which should probably be called the “Nightingale Concerto” if you were more careful about what kind of bird is imitated – was one of the most popular violin concertos of the time. The other two concert composers wrote in the style inspired by him; Joseph Meck and the mysterious “Sigr. Opfermand,” which you don’t quite know who is. In addition, we get a sonata for violin, fortepiano and cello written by Johann Heinrich Berlin, son of city musician Johan Daniel Berlin.

The album is released on 2L, and sound magician Morten Lindberg puts a strong stamp on the entire project. The strings sound warm and big, the dynamics are nuanced, and the placement of the various instruments in the soundscape is well thought out and sophisticated.

It’s probably a bit of taste and pleasure if you like such a “fat” string sound as we get presented here. At least I note that it’s lovely when the violin sonata comes in as a “narrow” sonic contrast.

But on the whole, it’s a rock-solid release. It is fabulously played, and especially Sigurd Imsen’s fresh and inspired baroque violin makes it a pleasure to get an ear into Enlightenment Trondheim. Listen in particular: Sigr. Opfermand: “III. Allegro” from the Violin Concert in C minor

Part Time Audiophile 5 out of 5

I’ve been planning this move to a bigger house with a bigger listening room for most of the year, and since it’s such a secluded location I’ve been chomping at the bit to crank the stereo as loud as I want – which turns out is not as loud as I think. Once I assembled the system, made up of mostly brand-new review gear, I chose the perfect recording to christen the listening room. I chose The Trondheim Concertos, from 2L Recordings in Norway.

The Trondheim Concertos provided me with the all-too-important confirmation that my new listening room was pretty close to ideal. I’m not talking about loud, or deep, but definitely full.

The nine-piece Baroque Ensemble of the Trondheim Symfoniorkester & Sigurd Imsen, violinist, performs these baroque compositions–from Joseph Meck, Johan Berlin and Antonio Vivaldi, with the common theme being manuscripts that are currently preserved in the Gunnerus Library in Trondheim. I do have a warm place in my heart for chamber music, especially that from the Baroque Era, but The Trondheim Concertos drew my attention through its combination of beautiful, flowing music and the usual astonishing sound quality from 2L.

The gift of The Trondheim Concertos doesn’t stop there, however. This is a small baroque ensemble, but its membership of instruments is varied in a way that injects life and originality into the performance. Just as Trio Mediæval’s An Old Hall Ladymass perplexed and enchanted me with its use of the organetto, this recording reveals a steady menu of surprise through such period instruments as fortepiano, violone, lute, theorbo–in addition to the more traditional harpsichord, pipe organ and strings.

That’s why The Trondheim Concertos is the right 2L recording at the right time. My larger listening room, along with some top-notch review components, have provided the space and the ideal tonality to present these instruments carefully, with perfect imaging, so that I can relax and listen and wallow in these uncommon timbres.

I’m still unpacking all the LPs and CDs after the move, pondering whether I should take this opportunity to re-organize my music collection, but the urgency of listening to a wide range of my favorite music has been curbed by this new star.


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