New album out today!


We are proud to release our new album with Luciano Berio's monumental masterpiece 'Coro' and 'Cries of London'

Listen on Spotify, iTunes, Idagio or TIDAL. Please contact the administration of The Norwegian Soloists' Choir if you want to purchase the album.

Coro has been described as the work that ‘exemplifies all the qualities that made Berio one of the leading composers of our time'. The work’s full title is ‘Coro for voices and instruments ’, and the 40 voices and 44 instrumentalists do indeed make up a single choir – instrumentalists and singers sit together, with each singer paired with a particular player, and used both as soloists and combined in mass effects.

Composed in 1976, Coro is also a strikingly ‘global’ work: Berio’s use of texts (mainly translations of folk poetry) attributed to peoples – ‘Peruvian’, ‘Croatian’, ‘Sioux’ – turns the work into a chorus of cultures. The texts are laid out in 31 separate sections of varying length, but the overall effect is cumulative, not episodic. The only named author is the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who became a powerful posthumous voice following his death in 1973 in the wake of General Pinochet’s military coup. Along with other text fragments, his words ‘Come and see the blood in the streets’’ keep returning during the course of the work, and the sense emerges of human individuals needing to be alerted to social and political developments demanding a collective response.

The album is followed by Berio's 'Cries of London', performed here by eights of the choir's singers: Magnhild Korsvik, Ingeborg Dalheim, Mari Askvik, Astrid Sandvand Dahlen, Øystein Stensheim, Håvard Gravdahl, Peder Arnt Kløvrud and Halvor Festervoll Melien, conducted by Grete Pedersen.

Thanks to everyone who listens to our music!

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