Solistkoret & conductor Grete Pedersen

Performs award-winning interpretation of Bachs motets and Francis Poulencs 'Figure Humaine'

Hymn to freedom

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir visits the Bergen International Festival with conductor Grete Pedersen and its award-winning interpretation of Bach's motets and Poulenc's hymn to freedom, or according to Henri Hell, the litanies of Liberty.

Few choral works are as beautifully conceived as Poulenc's Figure Humaine. Both the music and Paul Éluard's texts were written clandestinely in occupied France during the Second World War, and constitute a hymn to freedom from occupation and tyranny. The composer insisted that the work should be performed unaccompanied – it should be the human voice speaking.

'It is just so very vigilantly executed. The singing makes your hair stand on end', a critic wrote of the album Bach: The Motets, which also received the prestigious Diapason d'or award for 2018. Bach's motets are as great an enigma as the composer himself. It is not known when they were composed, but in Bach's time they were mostly sung at funerals. The motets cast a piercing spotlight on any music they come into contact with, and seethe with hope of life in the world to come.


F. Poulenc: Figure Humaine
F. Poulenc: Four small prayers of Saint Francis of Assisi
F. Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites
K. Saariaho: Nuits, Adieu
J. S. Bach: Singet dem Herrn
J. S. Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm


On this concerts you will get a discount with our benefit program – Solistkortet:

  • 30% discount on concert tickets for you and a friend
  • Seat reservation
  • The card is not personal and can be lent to a friend
  • The season's CD release with The Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • The Norwegian Soloists' Choir's tote bag

Read more about the benefit program


The Norwegian Soloists' Choir

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir is an innovative young ensemble, steeped in a rich history. As one of Europe's leading chamber choirs, they perform spectacular concerts in Norway and abroad, in concert halls and churches, in caravans and in abandoned factory venues. The Norwegian Soloists' Choir consists of 26 hand-picked, professional singers who have a tremendous ability to blend their voices, resulting in a highly distinctive choral expression. Along with its celebrated artistic leader Grete Pedersen, the choir achieves ambitious artistic goals through constant development.

Conductor Grete Pedersen

Since 1990 the choir has sung under the leadership of Grete Pedersen, one of the most renowned conductors in the international choral scene. She is a demanded guest conductor and has worked with the Eric Ericson Kammerchor, Schwedischen Rundfunkchor, Netherlands RadioChor, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Choir, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Pro Coro Canada, Tokyo Cantat, World Youth Choir among others.

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