Welcome to Camerata Nordica
One of Sweden's leading chamber orchestras
Music Director: Terje Tønnesen
Standing ovation for Camerata Nordica
Scandinavia’s largest magazine for classical music, OPUS, each year publish a list of 20 persons and organizations wich have made important achievements during the last year. Camerata Nordica receives an honorable fourth place and is called “Classical rockband” with the following motivation:
How should our orchestras catch the future audiences without give quality away? Learn from Camerata Nordica is our simple answer. The ensemble – we rather call them the band – has all you can wish for to meet higher demands for the appearance on stage. The thing that everyone who can, plays standing up is fantastic. Together with their world premiere this summer of no less than Benjamin Britten at the Proms, well it beats the most. Ovations! (standing of course).
We are also happy that the first place of the list goes to Aurora Chamber Music (in Trollhättan and Vänersborg), where our principal cellist Per Nyström, together with Ola Larsson, successfully runs several festivals and master-classes.
Camerata Nordicas new CD "Britten - Works for String Orchestra"
released now. Read more
The recording 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.”
“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.”
Success for Camerata Nordica at BBC Proms
The orchestra at Cadogan Hall (photo: Ian Dingle)
Quotes from the press:
The Strad (December issue)
Standing throughout, the ensemble had opened with Britten’s Simple Symphony, finding plenty of pluck in its playful Pizzicato second movement, followed by Tippett’s Little Music for Strings, its Vivace finale producing an impressive display of agility and unanimity among the players. … In the Walton Sonata for Strings (1945;1971) that completed the programme, leader Terje Tønnesen showed why his string group is billed as Sweden’s leading international chamber orchestra, with its vibrant finale radiating a compelling sense of urgency.
“Camerata Nordica excel in Britten.”
“With spacious cadences and rhythmic punch, it was an exuberant performance.”
”Well crafted and attractive to hear.”
“Their searing performance of Walton’s Sonata for String Orchestra, by turns deeply felt and virtuosic, caught all this music’s heady rapture.”
Classical-music.com (BBC Music Magazine)
“Any doubts as to the band’s quality melted with Sentimental Sarabande, sensitively played and emotionally engaged, the violas proving their quality in their singing theme, and ending in a hushed tone which was truly moving.”
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Reviews from Tallinn Chamber Music Festival:
Estonian Classical Radio
Camerata Nordica played mainly English music and their music making was simply wonderful. It seemed as if there were only great artists in that orchestra, they played very enthusiastically, the sound was very good and well balanced.
When the soloist abilities of Oksana Sinkova meet the active performance manner of Camerata Nordica, it's no wonder that the performance could be described as unforgettable. The high level of the orchestra was spoken for in every single detail!
The weekly culture newspaper „Sirp“
“The Kingdom of Crystal”, seems to have influenced the orchestra's musical expression, which was pure, clear and brilliantly punctual. It captured the audience fully! It was as good to listen to as well as to watch. … the members of this particular string orchestra allow themselves to relate to each other as well as their audience with much greater openness. They even smile! …
The performance of “The Simple Symphony” by Britten was unforgettable achieving its maximum concentration literally from the very first seconds on.
Camerata Nordica, directed by Terje Tønnesen, plays Shostakovich's Chamber symphony. From a concert in Västervik 18 September 2011.