Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m.
Oslo Circles Baroque Ensemble
Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzosoprano
Astrid Kirschner, violin & artistic leadership
Maria Ines Zanovello, violin
Gunnar Hauge, cello
Jadran Duncumb, theorbo, archlute
Francesco Moi, positive organ
CONCERT ACCOMPANIED BY BAROQUE COFFEE
LAMENTO – EARLY ITALIAN MARIA LAMENTATIONS
Si dolce é il tormento
Sonata duodecima (intro)
Hor ch’tempo di dormire
Canzoni da sonare quarta a 2 canti
Giovanni Felice Sances
Pianto della madonna
Queste pungenti spine (cantata spirituale)
Pietro Marc’Antonio Cesti
Alma mia (from L’Argia)
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, JukkaPekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Søndergård and Robin Ticciati. Ms. Kielland has made more than 40 CD 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.
Oslo Circles was founded in Oslo in 2015, and consists of some of the most established musicians in Scandinavia within the world of baroque music. The members of the group regularly play in orchestras like Concerto Copenhagen, Barokksolistene, B’Rock, Barokkanerne, Academia Montis Regalis, Les Musiciens du Louvre and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. The baroque violinist Astrid Kirschner has gathered a “musical circle”, where all the members bring to the group their unique talent and musical experience, adding their personal input of different styles, nationalities and backgrounds. Oslo Circles has a passion for showing how modern baroque music can be – through playfulness and freedom in the moment of performing. Oslo Circles works in close collaboration with Australian countertenor star David Hansen, and has also been critically acclaimed for Seicento Italiano – a journey through the rhythm and dynamics of 17th century Italian music, The Secret Diary of Samuel Pepys – a collaboration with Norwegian movie actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and the Passion project The Virgin’s Tears.
Oslo Circles and David Hansen have recorded their Purcell-program One Charming Night for SIMAX in May 2018 (CD-release: nov 2019). Plans for 2019 and 2020 include a tour to Japan and Italy. Oslo Circles receives support of the Noregian Arts Council, the Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere and Oslo town.