After making its debut last year, Norwegian early music festival Barokkfest returns to Trondheim this month. The theme for this year’s programme, fittingly for the season, is winter.

There will be classic representations of winter among the music programme, with performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons from Australian countertenor David Hansen and Schubert’s Winterreise performed by Finnish forte piano player Tuija Hakkila and Belgian tenor Jan van Elsacker.

The winter theme has also been interpreted to include notions of death: Trondheim Symphony Orchestra’s baroque orchestra, TSO Early, perform Schubert’s Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and the Maiden) and viola da gamba player Varpu Haavisto takes on Marin Marais’s Tombeau les Regrets.

Reflecting on both the aspects of winter as a season and death, early music ensemble Lux Borea performs the story of Dutch explorer Willem Barents’ last expedition across the Arctic Ocean in 1597. ‘A Flute in the Ice’ will see flute player A Flute in the Ice play on a replica of the wooden flute found in the ice fields, and Thor-Harald Johnsen has arranged hymns from the Catholic songbook that was with the polar expedition.

Other early music artists featured in this year’s line-up include Swedish violinist Fredrik From and The Hilliard Ensemble, whose performance is part of the group’s fortieth anniversary and farewell tour.

The festival takes place from 29 January to 2 February. To find out more, visit www.tidligmusikksenteret.no/barokkfest/no/en.

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