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"The performances were all one could
ask for, as the extended vocal techniques and rhythmic complexities were handled
with consummate skill and ease... an exquisite performance… a unique ensemble"
New York Concert Review
"Nordic voices is a mixed, six-voice ensemble with ringing, clear timbres and an
"...the group charged the evening with entirely unaccompanied singing no less
than extraordinary -- even far beyond the basic yardstick measurements.
Intonation? Impeccable. Ensemble? Unfailing precision in phrasing, dynamics,
color -- everything finely tuned for a succession of works ever-changing in
style and expressive meaning."
"Specialists in all kinds of vocal expression, this ensemble’s control of
intonation and phrasing is absolute. Their default ensemble colour is warm and
deep, though they do of course create a remarkable range of texture and timbre.”
Music Web International
"...the richness of the Nordic Voices flooded the immensity of the concert
hall....left everyone in the audience with the perfect blend of sensations
reminiscent of this emotional experience, a mixture as varied and delightful as
the evening’s performance..."
The China Post (Taipei)
"Impeccable intonation combined with incredibly dulcet melodious phasing
permeated this performance."
Yellow Springs News
"Nordic Voices are a force to be reckoned with, as much because of their
adventurousness and range as because of their specialty and expertise in choral
The Live Music Report (www.thelivemusicreport.com)
"The singing was excellent, sharp as a knife, and the balance was beyond
Morgunbladid, Reykjavik, Iceland
"The a cappella ensemble combined modality and atonality, and text-setting
styles ranging from the sublime to the delightfully ridiculous, into a seamless
argument - that Scandinavian choral music is a beautiful world unto itself."
'With its virtuous and humor-filled interpretation of Ligeti's "Nonsense
Madrigals", Nordic Voices seizes any audience."
Stavanger Aftenblad, Stavanger
"...the songs open up many possibilities for creating nuances and making musical
points. Nordic Voices never missed any of these opportunities, but let blessed
Monteverdi and Gesualdo appear with all the resounding rhetoric ever desired."
"The Church Music Festival seemed to have reached new heights this year, and the
concert by Nordic Voices was no exception. Every soloist had an exceptional
voice, all of which combined to make the perfect instrument." Morgunbladid,
"The vocal ensemble Nordic Voices, showing off a clear and secure intonation,
virginal pureness and lots of temperament, performed three songs of the
eccentric Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi."
Värt Land, Oslo, Norway
Nordic Voices is:
Tone Elisabeth Braaten, soprano
Ingrid Hanken, soprano
Ebba Rydh, mezzo soprano
Per Kristian Amundrød, tenor
Frank Havrøy, baritone
Trond Olav Reinholdtsen, bass
Latest CD - Himmelkvad
Tour Program 2014
Luca Marenzio -
Havrøy - Bysjan
Thoresen - Solbon
performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill
Recital Hall presented by
Distinguished Concerts International New York on its February 2014 U.S. tour. Read more in
New York Times. "an exquisite performance… a unique ensemble" Read
Nordic Voices is a six-voice a cappella ensemble acclaimed for the depth of it
programming and extraordinary vocal skills. A technically brilliant
ensemble, Nordic Voices made a quick sensation in international vocal circles
and is now acknowledged as a leader of the a cappella artform. Now expanding
into collaborations, they perform a repertoire ranging from the medieval to the
contemporary. Nordic Voices is unrivaled in the fine art of sophisticated
music-making and stylish performance, and as a result have been hailed by
international critics for their live appearances and remarkable recordings.
"Such mesmerizing talent is rare.... Whatever language, it was the group's
astonishing range of sonic vocabulary... that thrilled the senses and sent an
emotional message no listener could miss" [Washington Post]
One of Nordic Voices' main goals is to be in the forefront of research
into vocal art. The group explores new vocal techniques and new ways of using
the classically trained voice. They can produce a wide range of techniques, from
ordinary classical sounds to Mongolian overtone singing.
In performance from Kyoto to New York, and from Munich to Toronto, Nordic Voices
has plied a wide
spectrum of musical
expression, from plainchant to newly works commissioned from leading Norwegian
composers, including both the most sacred of religious texts and the decidedly
profane. The group's programming revolves around themes, for example historical
figures or textual links, bringing the music to life in sometimes unexpected
ways. Their path connects the extremes: Lassus rubs shoulders with Ligeti and
Norwegian contemporary composer Henrik Hellstenius, and Dufay with Huber and
Nystedt. In a recent programme, Nordic Voices made their first foray into the
world of electronics, with works exploiting not only electronic amplification,
but sampling, mixing and video-art.
Chandos released the Nordic Voices recording, 'Lamentations' in 2009 to quick
critical acclaim: "sublime performances...Top class work from Norway's leading
vocal ensemble." [Classic FM Magazine] . The release tour included concerts in
Oslo, Bergen and Haugesund in Norway, as well as Stockholm, Helsinki and London.
Chandos has also released 'Reges terrae' - featuring 16th century music from the
times of Carlos V - which was enthusiastically received and was
nominated for the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannprisen in
2007); followed by
"Djånki Don", featuring contemporary music by various Norwegian composers (also
nominated, in 2008). The group's first CD,
Sense and nonSense, was released on the Jonathan Digital label in 2002. The CD
celebrates a focus on different approaches toward text in vocal music, from the
use of abstract phonemes to pictorial storytelling.
"their clear, radiant performances, full of character, are vividly captured by
the DSD recording... the music is sumptuously textured and elegantly phrased in
these gorgeous realisations." [BBC Music Magazine]
A recent sampling of their performance schedule includes: a North American tour
featuring their Canadian debut at Soundstreams/Northern Encounters Festival;
their Japanese debut in Kyoto at the World Symposium on Choral Music; a project
with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and performances at the Fartein Valen
Festival, the Greek festival Modelo in Patras; and a set of seven concerts in
five days at the Hardanger Musikkfest in Norway followed by the Festival in
Based in Oslo, Norway, the members of Nordic Voices were educated at the State
Academy of Music in Oslo and the National Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo, where
they specialized in opera, composition, church music and pedagogy.