Sølvguttene – Boys of Silver – was founded by Torstein Grythe in June, 1940. The choir had its first rehearsals in his apartment in Oslo, but were soon offered to rehearse in Norwegian Broadcasting's (NRK) facilities. The thought was that the choir would be permanently linked to NRK, and the first radio performance was held in December 1940. Conditions during the German occupation soon made it impossible to continue the cooperation with NRK, and the choir was for the remainder of the war years managed by the founder/conductor. Sølvguttene got its name primarily because of the shiny, silvery uniforms that were acquired in the beginning (for lack of other, more subtle materials). Later the name has been attributed to the special sound and clarity of boys voices, voices of silver.
NRK started its own boys' choir in 1947, and Torstein Grythe was hired as conductor in 1951. The two choirs existed in parallel until the early 60's, when a natural merge took place.
Since then, Sølvguttene has been an extremely popular institution in Norway, with its many performances on radio and television, in addition to concerts all over the land. The choir has toured internationally, and has frequently visited other Scandinavian and central European countries. Sølvguttene has visited USA and the former Soviet Union on several occasions. Sølvguttene is widely recognized to be among the best boys' choirs in the world, with its emphasis on sound more than technical perfection.
Sølvguttene Christmas Mass - missa in nativitate domini
Some of the greatest Norwegian corals, mixed with some unknown form the past. The title cut is written especially for this recording, by the norwegian composer Wolfgang Plagge.