Reviews this summer

Bjarte Eike and Barokksolistene were happy to receive more great feedback on our playing this summer. On July 26 Ionarts (Washington D.C.) republished Jens F. Laurson’s (first published in Auditorium) review on the CD The Image of Melancholy. He writes “…the result … is genre overlapping in a way that is bound to involve, not scare off the lovers of each genre into which Eike crosses over … a musical entrée arises that causes the gently stringed music lover much rejoicing.”

In June Barokksolistene took part in a highly creative production by Thomas Guthrie at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in London, combining Schubert songs and Bach motets around the theme ‘Death’. Read David Nice’s comment on Spitalfields in The Arts Desk.

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The Image of Melancholy – OFFICIAL PROMO VIDEO

This is a film made on the basis of the recording “The image of melancholy” released for Bis records in 2014. It has received fantastic reviews throughout the world, and is a personal portrait of melancholic music, not belonging to any particular time of age, made by the violinist Bjarte Eike together with his ensemble Barokksolistene. Featuring the soprano Berit Norbakken Solset and the composer/organist Jon Balke. Film made by Frigge Fri.

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Off to Regensburg and Helsinki

Monday June 9, Barokksolistene will be playing at Tage alter Musik, Regensburg and thereafter at Encanto Festival in Helsinki on June 10. We will perform the programmes “The Early Joke” and “Alehouse”.

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Trinelise Væring and Barokksolistene

Saturday 24 May was the programme Oh Purity In Watching Landscapes showed on Danish TV, more specifically on DR-K. Until we, hopefully, get the possibility to see the programme streamed by the DR, or maybe even better – broadcasted on Norwegian TV?, you can read more about the reception of the album in Politiken. There Christian Munch-Hansen wrote that the songs, in all their beauty, are also sharp in their form and communication.

Trinelise was also guest on DR3, radio, on Saturday 23 May, in the programme Puls. You can hear her and music from Oh Purity from appr. 1.19.00 in the timeline.

The promotion trailer for Oh Purity is to be found on Youtube:

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The Arts Desk – Featuring Barokksolistene, Bjarte Eike and Handel in Oslo

Photo of Bjarte Eike

Bjarte Eike, photo by D. Nice, (C)’s David Nice visited Oslo and the Norwegian Opera to see and hear Bjarte Eike and Barokksolistene in Alcina: “…it’s true that I’ve wanted to visit the award-winning Opera House on the harbour since it opened in 2008. But I’ve just been captivated by a disc in a thousand, Eike’s The Image of Melancholy, one of those genuinely thoughtful programmes where Dowland, Holborne, Byrd and Eike’s exquisite playing of a Biber sonata movement somehow mesh with bittersweet Norwegian wedding marches and Celtic moods”
Read his interview with Bjarte Eike and his comments on the music and music making in what apparently was a snowy visit in Oslo.

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Alcina på Den Norske Opera & Ballett i Oslo

Feature photo from Alcina production

(C) DNO – facsimile image from Alcina

Velkommen til en fantastisk oppsetning av Alcina, med premiere 16.januar, forestillinger til 17.februar.

Graphic quote mark decorationMORGENBLADET: Barokksolistene spiller med sveipende presisjon, og de tretti musikerne blir oppsetningens sterkeste kort. […] Oppsetningen er historisk: Det er første gang nasjonaloperaen setter opp en barokkopera med tidsriktige instrumenter, og første gang de viser Alcina, en av Händels beste operaer. […] Man kan si at det var på høy tid. Tidligmusikkbevegelsen er et halvt århundre gammel, både den nord-europeiske, mer korrekte, og den latinske, mer groovy. Barokksolistene øser det beste fra flere tradisjoner. Continue reading

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Nominert til Spellemannsprisen 2013

Innspillingen “The image of Melancholy” er nominert til Spellemannsprisen 2013, i kategorien Klassisk. Les mer her


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The Image of Melancholy

CD cover, fremside

Conceived by the baroque violinist Bjarte Eike for his period band Barokksolistene, this programme is his very personal ‘image of melancholy’. As he writes in his liner notes, ‘for me, melancholy is not only synonymous with sadness and despair, it is a state also harbouring reflection, meditation and relief.’


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Den engelske operapub, på Den Norske Opera

På den engelske operapub 22.november, møter vi Barokksolistene og komponisten Henry Purcell og andre storheter fra Londons pub-miljø på 1600-tallet. Menyen består av folkelig musikk, sang og dans, og en høy faktor av improvisasjon – akkompagnert av snakk, humor og selvfølgelig øl! Her blir det fullt hus, les mer her.

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New CD release, The Image of Melancholy

Bjarte is proud to present Barokksolistenes new cd, “The Image of Melancholy”. Release concert at Eldorado in Oslo, Saturday 23.nov. at 13:00.

This weeks cd of the week at Naxos:

CD cover, fremside

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