Available languages: EnglishGrete Pedersen is a choral conductor and professor of choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. She studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and choral conducting with Eric Ericson and Terje Kvam. Pedersen founded the Oslo Chamber Choir in 1984, and she led the ensemble until 2004. She has worked with the Berlin Radio Chorus, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, the Swedish Radio Choir, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Netherlands Radio Choir, Pro Coro Canada, the World Youth Choir, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, and the Bavarian Radio Chorus. She has also conducted choral works with the Oslo Sinfonietta, Ensemble Allegria, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Pedersen has directed the Norwegian Soloists Choir since 1990, and they won the Choc de la Musique and the Prix d'Or from Diapason. Together, they have recorded for Simax and BIS.
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We can only welcome the appearance of new recordings of Bach's Motets: these unique works which defy classification are also often difficult to date accurately. The common factor shared by those Motets which have survived to the present day (because many were lost) appears to be the purely choral conception of the musical discourse, from end to end, the absence of instrumentation - if they are played with instruments, the latter only back up the choral parts (excluding the BWV118, initially believed to be a cantata as it was written with a small musical accompaniment, but the form remains that of a short motet, hence the uncertainty about which classification to give it) - the deliberate archaism of the words, and the likely funereal purpose of most of the works. The Norwegian Soloists' Choir (Det Norske Solistkor) is one of the foremost Norwegian musical ensembles and one of the best chamber choirs in Europe. The choir is just as comfortable with the classical/romantic repertoire as with contemporary music and makes frequent forays into music derived from romantic national folkloric works. The ensemble was founded in 1950 by the composer Knut Nystedt, who led it for four decades. In 1990, he was succeeded by Grete Pedersen, and she now directs the group - with the help of the Allegria Ensemble, also Norwegian - for this fine recording. © SM/Qobuz
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