A new early music festival in Norway is showcasing repertoire spanning 1,000 years of Norwegian history.

Barokkfest is currently taking place at Nidaros Cathedral, with early musicians from Norway, France, Brazil and UK having come together for the three-day event.

Organisers of Barokkfest say: ‘The latest discoveries within the field of Nordic music history offer a surprising vitality and variety, and attest to a vibrant music culture throughout the centuries.’

Pieces being performed include the twelfth-century Gregorian Chant in the Office of the Holy Blood, presumed lost until its rediscovery in an accountant’s book in Copenhagen in the seventeenth century; vocal ensemble Musica Ficta perform madrigals from Schütz, which were featured at the Danish court in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; and work from Norwegian baroque composer and violinist Johan Henrik Freithoff.

Organist Hans Davidsson will play a fitting repertoire for Nidaros Cathedral’s historical organ, built in 1741 by Joachin Wagner. The final concert will see works of Handel and Geminiani performed by TSO Early, Luis Otavio Santos, Andreas Edlund and Marianne Meloy.

The festival continues until 3 February.

www.nidarosdomen.no/nb-NO/Artikler/barokkfest+.html

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