Welcome to Camerata Nordica

One of Sweden's leading chamber orchestras

Music Director: Terje Tønnesen


American music magazine Fanfare highlights Camerata Nordica with reviews and an interview with Terje Tønnesen. This is how the reviewer describes the orchestra at the Proms concert in London:
..."From the very beginning, I realized this group was something special. The members made each bar, each note, and each dynamic marking count. They played standing up, and Tønnesen (who led as first violin) seemed to reflect every nuance in his body language. He galvanized his band of 15 musicians, and they in turn seduced the audience. Camerata Nordica received a standing ovation (which is rarer in Britain than in the United States)."
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New CD

Our third record on the BIS label is now released:

Visions fugitivesVisions fugitives – music for strings
Prokofiev: Visions fugitives
Hindemith: Fünf Stücke
Webern: Fünf Sätze
Bartók: Divertimento

Director: Terje Tønnesen

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Visions fugitives is "Editor's Choice" in Gramophone, December 2014. "The playing of the Camerata Nordica on this disc of music from between the wars is, in a word, sensational."
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Composer in residence appointed

Anna-Lena LaurinWe have the pleasure to announce that Anna-Lena Laurin will be Camerata Nordica's composer in residence for the seasons 2014/15 and 2015/16. Anna-Lena Laurin and the orchestra has collaborated since 2011 and the future plans include new concertos for trumpet, guitar and violin with strings.

Anna-Lena Laurin has written works for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm and for soloists Håkan Hardenberger, Göran Söllscher, Anders Bergcrantz and Richie Beirach among others. Swedish Radio appointed her “Composer of the Year” in 2013.
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New CDs
Beethoven CDNew release of Beethoven The Late String Quartets
Camerata Nordica’s and Terje Tønnesens’s recordings of Beethoven’s late string quartets – opus 127, 130/133, 131, 132, 135 – are now released on BIS Records. Available in a box of 3 CDs and the music is re-mastered for best sound quality.

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Britten CD
Britten - Works for String Orchestra
has met great acclaim:
BBC Music Magazine

“The Britten centenary can’t have produced finer recorded performances than these, with wonderful dynamic shading, bombproof tuning and real drama.”
5 stars out of 5

International Record Review
The theme [Variations on Theme of Frank Bridge] is presented in a most expressive way but it never feels over-phrased; instead, it's captivating and insinuating (in much the same way - perhaps even more so - as on Britten's own Decca recording with the English Chamber Orchestra). This new performance is a serious and compelling rival to the composers own, even if in the end it's the authority of Britten's conducting that ultimately wins the day. … Camerata Nordica is a very fine ensemble and the careful preparation of this disc and the really zestful interpretative approach comes through very well on this new recording.


“With a world première recording and such fine performances, this is an extremely attractive Britten release.”

Birmingham Post
“Benjamin Britten’s centenary year has produced a string of new recordings but few as good as this collection of his youthful works for string orchestra. This recording of the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and the Simple Symphony faces formidable competition from ones made by Britten with the English Chamber Orchestra in the 1960s. It’s to the Swedish-based chamber orchestra’s credit that they are not outclassed.”

FM 98,5 CKWR Ontario, Canada
“Your Benjamin Britten recording is wonderful. Looking forward to sharing it with my radio listener's in the New Year. This will be the first time that I have had the pleasure of having Camerata Nordica on any of my broadcasts.”

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Camerata Nordica, directed by Terje Tønnesen, plays Shostakovich's Chamber symphony. From a concert in Västervik 18 September 2011.