Music from the Schadäus Promptuarium was on the programme of a concert of Concerto Palatino directed by Bruce Dickey in the framework of the Lausitzer Musiksommer.
On 24 July the ensemble played in the sold-out church St. Anna in Kamenz a selection of motets from this large collection, which contains more than 400 works from the typical repertoire of churches and cathedrals in early 17th century - some of them from well-known composers (as Palestrina, Gabrieli or Hassler), but others also from nowadays nearly forgotten authors, as Simonis Gatti or Asprilio Pacelli. All these pieces have been collected and edited in four big volumes by Abraham Schadäus.
A great programme, a splendorous concert in a wonderful church!
Phantasm: Lachrimae CD just released
They waited more than 20 years to record it, but now it's out: Phantasm's recording of John Dowland's Lachrimae.
As we had expected from this group this recording - as many of Phantasm's CDs before - became an eye-opener for Dowland's fascinating collection, featuring the music in an absolutely fascinating way. Which immediately found admirers in the specialised press, of course: »If you didn’t already know the words from Dowland’s songs, you could almost recreate them from the playing.Seven lachrimae, then the Galliards – the leaping dances favoured as morning exercise by Elizabeth the 1st – the Almans and Pavans from Dowland’s manuscript, made to work as a sequence, not just as individual numbers…listening to this recording end-to-end is an absolute pleasure.«, as BBC 3 jubilated in a first review.
You can find some more information about the CD, the music, and why Phantasm waited so long to record this core repertoire for viols in a video with Laurence Dreyfus talking about it here on YouTube.
The same collection was on the programme of a concert by the viol consort which took place on invitation of Magdalen College Oxford on 4 June in venerable Holywell Music Room Oxford.
In conjunction with a Study Day on John Dowland to mark the acquisition by Magdalen College of one of the handful of extant copies of the original print of Lachrimae (and other songbooks), Magdalen College has invited its former consort-in-residence (2010-2015) to perform Dowland’s complete collection
Here you can listen to an excerpt from the CD:
German-Italian recital Lorenzo Ghielmi
Italian flair was brought to the Lausitz on 16 July by Lorenzo Ghielmi: in the idyllic church in Crostau he played a recital on the harpsichord, with works by JS Bach, Georg Boehm and Domenico Zipoli: Alla maniera Italiana.
Count Christian Heinrich von Watzdorf, patron of the village and church of Crostau, was a personal acquaintance of Tomaso Albinoni and an explicite music lover, who sponsored a Silbermann-organ for the parish in Crostau; thus the Mediterranean focus of the programme seemed obvious. Unfortunately the organ is just under restauration this year, so Lorenzo had to explore the musical relations between Baroque Italy and Germany on the harpsichord.
Listen here to a live impression from the concert - a movement from Bach's Concerto in stile Italiano:
Per-Sonat: Roman de Fauvel in the castle of Engers
It was in a rather classy ambiance where Per-Sonat with Sabine Lutzenberger presented their new programme around the Roman de Fauvel: in the framework of the festival Rheinvokal they presented music related to this satirical novel of the middleages at Schloss Engers. Moderator Katharina Eickhoff explained and commented on the texts and its background in witty lecture parts.
The concert was recorded by radio SWR2 and will be broadcast on 30 October after 10pm - also online.
La Divina Armonia: New Bach-CD!
It makes the listener think of sunshine cast in sound, this youngest CD of La Divina Armonia, which just was released on Flemish label Passacaille: rarely one can hear Bach played in such a lucid and cantabile, rhytmically-volatile and intense, swinging and lyrical way!
Directed by Lorenzo Ghielmi, who also plays the harpsichord the ensemble recorded concerts by Bach for violin, flute and harpsichord as well as the tripleconcerto BWV 1044 and the cantata Non sa che sia dolore. Lorenzo Ghielmi, Alice Rossi, soprano, Jan De Winne, traverso, and Mayumi Hirasaki, violin, present their listeners fireworks of virtuosic effortlessness, paired with technical mastery and refinement.
Here you can listen to the Allegro from Bach's harpsichord concerto BWV 1055 as first impression:
Boreas Quartett Bremen on tour
Two months full of concerts for the four young ladies of Boreas Quartett Bremen: from end of May and the end of June the recorder quartet was on tour, as pricewinner of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb of the Deutsche Musikrat. They played concerts in different places from the Black Forest up to the North Sea, for instance their programmes Il Flauto Magico, Die Kunst der Fuge, but also their new children's concert Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten.
Listen here to what the audiences of their concerts are so enthused about:
By the way: the four musicians just presented their youngest programma Mr. Luther dances - secular music from Martin Luther's time.
Don't hesitate to get in touch with us for more details!
Hildegard in Brussels with Per-Sonat and Ordo Virtutum
One full day around Hildegard von Bingen: the famous concert house Bozar in Brussels on 21 March once again gave proof of it's courage of also offering others than mainstream programmes - and a refined taste in the choice of the interpreters: both, ensemble Ordo Virtutum, directed by Stefan Morent, as well as Per-Sonat with Sabine Lutzenberger and Baptiste Romain were amongst the (three) ensembles performing on this day.
In the Kapellekerk Brussels Ordo Virtutum once more presented the programme of their tour through the Netherlands in April, with works by Hildegard and Hermann der Lahme, whilst Per-Sonat - belonging among the most noted Hildegard-interpreters at least after their enthusiastically acclaimed Hildegard-CD was released in 2013 - performed an evening with exclusively music by the Germain saint and healer.
Enjoy here a piece by Hildegard with Per-Sonat:
Breathtaking: first cut of Breathtaking CD
Before long fans of Hana Blažíková and Bruce Dickey can rejoice and enjoy: the first cut of their CD Breathtaking just arrived - and over short the CD will be released.
A concert with this programme on 6 August in Boppard, in the framework of the festival Rheinvokal, will take place without Hana, unfortunately. But in her place Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc will sing together with Bruce Dickey - a worthy replacement! Still, there's a tour planned for March 2017 with several Breathtaking-concerts in Holland; then with Hana again.
Listen here already to Sigismondo D'India's Langue al vostro languir as an appetizer for the CD:
Schubert with David Munderloh and Joshua Rifkin
Franz Schubert's Lied cycle Die schöne Müllerin was on the programme of a concert with tenor David Munderloh and Joshua Rifkin, piano, which took place on 6 April in Basel, Switzerland.
The two musicians presented the 20 songs by Schubert, which they both have studied and were fascinated by them for years, in the Schmiedezunftsaal in Basel: a wonderful challenge for two extraordinary musicians, whose approach to this repertoire is rather individual, but doubtless perfectly well-grounded!
Here you can listen to some live impression from the concert:
Ordo Virtutum on tour through the Netherlands
Music by Hildegard von Bingen and Hermann der Lahme, who very much inspired Hildegard, will ensemble Ordo Virtutum directed by Stefan Morent perform in eight concerts from 17 to 24 April in the Netherlands.
One of the special points of these concerts is that though one is used to hear most of this music, which Hildegard has compiled in the famous Codex Dendermonde, sung my female voices today, Ordo Virtutum will focus on male singers. As Hildegard had listened to the monks of the monastery in Disibodenberg herself and actually had given her codex to the Cistercians in Villers as a present, Stefan Morent hypothesises that she herself had the sound of male voices in her ear at least partly and that this music of course was sung by men.
The concerts will take place in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, Maastricht and Utrecht, among other cities. Here you can check the itinerary and order tickets.
Ars Antiqua Austria: new CD
Here it comes, the youngest 'baby' of violinist Gunar Letzbor and his ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria: Accordato!
The recording features music from a manuscript of the Minorite Monastery in Vienna from late 17th century, which - as one of the most important sources of Austrian Baroque music - contains works by Biber, Viviani, Schmelzer and Bertali, amongst others. The common element of all these pieces: extreme virtuosic demands!
Gunar Letzbor masters this demands with his familiar easyness and grace - and particulary delights in all the surprising tone painting effects and experimental compositional ideas of these works and thus presents an perfectly entertaining, but at the same time very sophisticated hour of music.
Enjoy here a first impression of this wonderful CD, exemplifying the multifaceted and surprising sort of repertoire which is recorded here!
Laurence Dreyfus: portrait on Bavarian classical radio
He spoke about himself, his artistical and scholarly activities and the music he loves: on 31 March Laurence Dreyfus was interviewed on Bavarian classical radio BR Klassik in the 60 minutes broadcast "Klassik Plus".
Here you can find more information.
By the way: from 25 to 30 August 2016 one of the rare masterclasses with Laurence Dreyfus will take place in the lovely Seehaus castle, near Nuremberg. Click here for some details!
Ensemble Villancico on BR Klassik
One year after the appearance of Ensemble Villancico, directed by Peter Pontvik, in two concerts with live broadcast in the Lange Nacht der Alten Musik, an Early Music event of the Bavarian classical radio BR Klassik in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremnberg, one of these concerts was broadcast again.
On 25 March the programme snow in fire was on BR Klassik.
La Divina Armonia: on tour in Netherland and Belgium
Starting on 8 March Baroque orchestra La Divina Armonia directed by Lorenzo Ghielmi, who also is the organ soloist in these concerts, will tour the Netherlands and Belgium with music by Arcangelo Corelli and Georg Frederic Handel. These two similarly celebrated composers were aquaintances and collegues in 18th century Rome - and partly also rivals, of course.
On the programme are some of Corelli's Concerti Grossi next to organ concertos by Handel (ornamented by Lorenzo Ghielmi with his gorgeous improvisatorical skills!), which La Divina Armonia has released on two CDs during the last years - recordings for which the ensemble received several prizes and awards, amongst others the Diapason d'or d'année.
Until 13 March they will perform this programme in Brussels, Maastricht, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Dronten and Vlissingen
The concert on 10 March from Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht is broadcast live on Radio MAX. Here you can listen directly - or afterwards!
On 2 March viol consort PHANTASM with Laurence Dreyfus once again returned to Oxford - the place where they've been ensemble in residence for the decade 2005-2015: together with the Choir of Magdalen College Oxford they were playing in an Evensong in the chapel of the College.
A service, by the way, to which one also can listen to afterwards on the BBC 3 website till the end of March.
On 4 March PHANTASM was on air live again: they appeared on BBC Radio 3's live drive-time programme In Tune, with a bit of talk with Laurence Dreyfus as well as some music by William Lawes and Henry Purcell from the studio. Also this programme is available online till 1 April. Have a look here - Phantasm starting at 7:20.
This also may be seen as a sort of appetiser for PHANTASM's concert on 7 March in Wigmor Hall, London, the second concert of their Purcell-series at Wigmore hall with works for up to seven viols by Purcell, Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes, Ward and Parsons.
Sabine Lutzenberger: St John passion with Frieder Bernius
For the first time singer Sabine Lutzenberger will appear with the Kammerchor Stuttgart and the Stuttgarter Barockorchester under direction of Frieder Bernius on 21 and 22 March; a collaboration to which she's looking forward very much.
In two concerts in Italian Brixen and Bolzano she'll sing the alto arias in Bach's St John passion - and with this once more will give proof of the astounding flexibility and versatility of her wonderfully smooth voice: as mezzosoprano with very easy high notes and powerful but pressureless lower ranges she's likewise at home in soprano parts in works by Monteverdi or Caccini or in alto parts in Handel or Bach.
And always she fascinates with her special strengths, as to sing perfectly in tune, to meticulously focus her voice on what is important in a phrase and to shape and express the music sensibly according to the text.
Listen here to a piece by Bach from a live performance of Sabine.
Ars Antiqua Austria in Clermont-Ferrand
Two very well-received concerts with a selection from Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's Rosary sonatas were given by Ars Antiqua Austria with Gunar Letzbor, violin, on 2 and 3 February on invitation of La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand in France. The musicians convinced with their usual thrilling, intoxicating and extremely charismatic way of playing.
Gunar Letzbor traveled with four violins for this programme - otherwise they couldn't have performed these rather virtuosic and sophisticated works in one evening, as each of them demands another tuning on the violin.
Accordingly the enthusiasm of the audience was very intense. Listen here, why!
Lorenzo Ghielmi on tour in Japan
For two weeks is organ and harpsichord player Lorenzo Ghielmi on tour in Japan, delecting his - in the meanwhile rather numerous - Japanese fans with a series of concerts in venues up to 2.000 seats, which were all sold out so far.
His tour started with solo recitals in Mito, Gifu and Tokyo, furthermore he's playing several duo-concerts with violinist Mayumi Hirasaki.
His organ recital on 11 February will even be broadcasted by Japanese TV.
Here you can retrace what the Japanese keyboard-lovers are so enthused about.
Bruce Dickey in USA and Mexico
Since 30 January cornetto-player Bruce Dickey is touring the US and Mexico. His performances started in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, toghether with Julliard 415 and Jordi Savall, followed by concerts with organist Liuwe Tamminga at the Oaxaca International Organ and Early Music Festival in Mexico, as well as in several places in the US like Arizona, Palm Springs, Eugen, Tacoma or Cleveland.
On the programme there are works Bruce Dickey had recorded on his recent CD La Bella Minuta, combined with Spanish and Mexican organ music. A very thrilling repertoire actually, as in these pieces the cornetto becomes a part of the organ in a way, playing the highest part of the polyphonic writing, which he - we're speaking of Bruce Dickey! - of course highly ornamented.
Enjoy here an impression of his wonderful diminutions!
London Fortepiano Trio in Salzburg
Mozart in Salzburg with the London Fortepiano Trio - that was a pleasure for eyes and ears, as Hiro Kurosaki, violin, Herbert Lindsberger, alto, and Linda Nicholson, fortepiano, not only performed in the Tanzmeistersaal of Mozart's home in Salzburg, but even on his original instruments: starting from his violin up to his Walter-piano!
Their concert took place on 30 January in the framework of the festival Salzburger Mozartwoche. On the programme there was the Duo c major for violin and alto by Mozart's friend Johann Michael Haydn, Mozarts Sonata in e flat for piano and violin, K 481, as well as the Trio in e flat for Piano, clarinet (here performed with violin, though) and alto, K 498, the so-called Kegelstatt-Trio.
Listen here to a piece of Mozart with the London Fortepiano Trio - not with alto, though, but with Martin Fritz, cello.
Sabine Lutzenberger sings Caccini-opera
From 28 January till 1 February one could enjoy soprano Sabine Lutzenberger in a part which seemed to be tailored on her so wonderfully focused and dense voice: she sang the role of Melissa in Francesca Caccini's opera La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina.
The concert performances of this piece took place in the AMUZ Antwerp, the Conservatoire in Brussels, the Chateau de Versailles and the Herkulessaal Munich, and with Sabine there sang and played the singers and instrumentalists of Huelgas Ensemble, directed by Paul Van Nevel.
Phantasm in Vienna
It was about guardian angels and scapegoats, the highly enthusing concert that PHANTASM performed on 20 January in the Konzerthaus Vienna in the framework of the festival Resonanzen. The consort, directed by Laurence Dreyfus revealt in this programme how music at all times reacted on historical events and how composers took part - or didn't.
The concert was recorded by the Austrian radio ORF 1 and broadcast on 2 February.
Furthermore there's - fortunately - no end in sight with the awards and prices for PHANTASM's youngest CD with The Royal Consort by William Lawes, which the viol consort under direction of Laurence Dreyfus had released last summer: after the recording was chosen CD of the week or of the month by several broadcast stations and music magazines in Europe already shortly after the release (among others BBC 3, BR, mdr, DR Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy...) there followed various awards from the US, New Zealand and Australia. A rather impressing echo for a CD with English consort music!
At the end of 2015 we also learned that it was honoured as CD of the Year by Limelight, the Australian music magazine, and that it was chosen among the three finalists for the BBC music magazine awards 2016. The winner will be proclaimed on 5 April.
Enjoy here what critics and audiences are so enthused about!
Laurence Dreyfus: recent Bach research in Paris
Actualités de Bach was the title of a conference at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Dance in Paris, where on 11 and 12 January scholars from various countries came together to present and discuss recent topics of the research around Bach.
Amongst the lecturers was Laurence Dreyfus, who was invited to present his own important research work, stated in his book Bach and the patterns of invention (Harvard University Press) and debate his theories with collegues and students.
Phantasm: awards from three continents
There's - fortunately - no end in sight with the awards and prices for Phantasm's youngest CD with The Royal Consort by William Lawes, which the viol consort under direction of Laurence Dreyfus had released this last summer: after the recording was chosen as CD of the week or of the month by several European broadcast stations and music magazines shortly after the release already (among others BBC 3, BR, mdr, DR Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy...) there followed various awards from the US, New Zealand and Australia. A rather impressing echo for a CD with English consort music!
At the end of the year we also learned that it was honoured as CD of the Year by Limelight, the Australian music magazine, and furthermore it was chosen among the three finalists for the BBC music magazine awards 2016!
Here you can give your voice for Phantasm.
And here you can detect, what the reviewers are so enthusiastic about!
La Divina Armonia: first cut of new CD
It'll really be great: we just received the first cut of La Divina Armonia's new CD, to come out in summer 2016: directed by Lorenzo Ghielmi the ensemble recorded Bach's concerto for harpsichord A major, the triple concerto A minor, the E minor violin concerto (soloist: Mayumi Hirasaki) and the cantata Non sa che sia dolore, sung by young soprano Alice Rossi, with Jan De Winne, traverso.
Once more one can experience on this CD what makes La Divina Armonia so extraordinary: technical perfection and musical intensity, thanks to the exactly proper melange between mediterranean temperament and elaborate cantability.
Here you can enjoy a foretaste: a recitativo by Bach which - in spite of its' brevity - gives a wonderful impression of this thrilling production.
Hana Blažíková and CordArte
It was an appropriate ambience for a brilliant concert: on 28 November soprano Hana Blažíková and ensemble CordArte (Daniel Deuter - violin, Heike Johanna Lindner - viola da gamba, Markus Märkl - organ) performed their programme O Jesu dulcis in the beautiful Protestant church in Saxonian Dippoldiswalde. The concert took place in the framework of the festival Sandstein und Musik, and the musicians presented German Baroque cantatas and sacred concertos by composers such as Schop, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Krieger and Biber. A feast for the senses!
Here you can listen to a piece from the CD by Hana Blažíková and CordArte, which contains several of the works of this programme.
Lorenzo Ghielmi: masterclass in Leipzig
From 17 to 21 November Lorenzo Ghielmi gave a masterclass on the performance practice of Johann Sebastian Bach's organ works.
The course, organised by the Bach Archiv Leipzig also served to prepare young organists for their participation in the the Bach Competition 2016.
On the programme for the public lessons, which took place in the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig, were preludes and fugues, sonatas and Orgelchoräle of the Thomas cantor. The results of the intense work on this music were presented finally in a concert on 22 November.
"Breathtaking": CD recording and concert
Pure happiness for cornetto player Bruce Dickey, soprano Hana Blažíková, and her colleagues Veronika Skuplik and Catherine Aglibut, violin, Jakob Lindberg, theorbo, Mieneke van der Velden, viol and Kris Verhelst, harpsichord and organ: for one week they worked in Antwerp on a recording of the CD of their programme Breathtaking - a CD, which - once released - certainly will range among the best that has ever appeared in the field of this repertoire!
The programme included works by composers such as Corradini, Palestrina, Scarlatti and Sances, but also a very audience-friendly piece written specifically for this project by Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki.
No surprise thus, that the concert that concluded the week in Antwerp's sold-out AMUZ on 27 November immensely enthused the audience. The so wonderful complementary sounds of soprano and cornetto, the richness of colours and the emotional diversity of the music played electrified the audience irresistibly. Here you can get a first impression of this magnificent duo on YouTube. By the way: It's still a concert date in the tour of the program on 05.08.2016 and more during a tour in 2017 available (6.-13.8.)!
Here you can get a first impression of this magnificent duo on YouTube.
By the way: there's still one concert date left in the tour of the programme on 5 August 2016, and more during a tour in 2017 available (6-13 August)!
La Divina Armonia: Passione Napolitana
In a concert on 10 October Lorenzo Ghielmi and his ensemble La Divina Armonia once again presented some of the hidden treasures still to find in Neapolitan archives - which in most cases are closed for the public since several decades. La Divina's programme with Neapolitan compositions in the concert series Bronnbacher Klassik featured Mary's afflictions in Lamentations by Feo and Gasparini, Sonatas by Avitrano and Pergolesi's famous Stabat Mater, performed in the splendorous church of the Abbey of Bronnbach.
Most of the works played in this concert together with the young singers Daniela Gerstenmeyer (soprano) and Anja Schlicht (alto) were detected by Lorenzo Ghielmi by chance in the inheritance of a musicologist from Switzerland. So for instance Feo`s Lamentazione a voce sola di soprano was performed here for the first time since about 300 years.
Laurence Dreyfus: Take Two release
The new album Take Two of renowned violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja was first introduced to press and audience in Berlin on 5 October. On this CD she musically explains to her daughter what music is about, in particular the important role of communication in music. For this she invited some of their musical friends to play duos with her - repertoire from the Middle Ages through Renaissance and Baroque, up to contemporary music. Together with Laurence Dreyfus, treble viol, she played works by Machaut, Gibbons and from the Winchester Troper - also at the release event of the CD on 5 October in the Berlin Club A-Trane.
Here you can get an idea of the intensity of this cooperation: In the video of a concert, in which the two musicians performed a fantasy of Gibbons in a concert in September 2014 in the Berliner Philharmonie.
Linda Nicholson: keyboard subtleties
It was a rare opportunity: on 3 October keyboarder Linda Nicholson played two 18th-century instruments, a tangent piano and a Hass clavichord from 1767 from her own collection of historical keyboard instruments in a Recital at the Art Workers Guild, London. This programme, designed to contrast the many colours, musical capabilities and technical requirements of these extremely sensitive instruments included works by Mozart, Haydn and Handel as well as less familiar repertoire by Paradisi, Platti and Wagenseil.
The concert - which gained a lot of interest in advance already and was attended with very intense concentration by the audience - was recorded by BBC radio and will be broadcast on 29 Nov at 2pm UK-time on BBC 3.
Here you find some audio samples of Linda Nicholsonby on the BBC artist page of the keyboard virtuoso.
il Gardellino in Brussels, Korea and South America
What a splendid evening: on 1 October Flemish ensemble il Gardellino, directed by Marcel Ponseele, presented their new Bach-programme in the Bozar Brussels: the solo cantatas BWV 146, 52 and 51, with soprano Sophie Karthäuser along with several solo concertos and the Brandenburgische Konzert Nr.5.
Beside from Karthäuser and Ponseele also Jan De Winne, traverso, Mayumi Hirasaki, violin and Lorenzo Ghielmi, organ, performed solistically in this concert, and presented a really fantastic evening to their listeners. The concert was recorded by the Flemish classical radio KLARA.
One week later the ensemble traveled to South Korea, where they played concerts in Daejon and from 28 October to 4 November il Gardellino is touring in Chile and Argentinia, performing music by various Baroque composers in amongst others Valparaiso, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires.
CD recording La Divina Armonia
Concerti by Bach, virtuosically played, lyrically well-wrought: look forward to the new CD which ensemble La Divina Armonia, directed by Lorenzo Ghielmi at the harpsichord, just has recorded in an acoustically perfectly suitable church in Peglio, Italy.
The recording includes Bach's concerto for harpsichord A major, the triple concerto A minor, the E minor violin concerto (soloist: Mayumi Hirasaki) and the cantata Non sa che sia dolore, sung by young soprano Alice Rossi, accompanied by Jan De Winne, traverso.
The CD will be released in summer 2016 on the Flemish label Passacaille.
Listen here to a movement from the last recording of the ensemble with works by Bach.
Phantasm: Scottish successes
Lammermuir is one of the most beautiful regions in Scotland and furthermore the home of a very appealing festival, inviting its visitors into old churches and splendorous country houses. PHANTASM was a guest of this festival with two programmes this year.
On 18 September the consort, directed by Laurence Dreyfus, played a late night concert with Bach's Kunst der Fuge in St Mary's church in Haddington, where they performed instrumental works and - together with British vocal ensemble Tenebrae under Nigel Short - verse anthems by Orlando Gibbons.
Both concerts received truly eulogistic reviews, for instance in The Guardian, The Scotsman or on Artsdesk, and the collaboration gave so much pleasure to both the ensembles that they're just starting to plan further common projects.
Please contact us for more information!
"Breathtaking": crowdfunding campain!
It's indeed a breathtaking project, which Hana Blažíková, soprano, and Bruce Dickey, cornetto, are preparing at this moment: with breathtaking - a voice and a cornetto entwined one may look forward to some jewels of Italian Baroque for soprano and cornetto, which were forgotten for centuries. And which will be performed by two of the best musicians in their respective subjects worldwide.
In works by composers like Corradini, Palestrina, Sances or Scarlatti, but also in a Nigra sum by Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki, written especially for this project, the two musicians - accompanied by two violins and a continuo group - show their audience, how close voice and wind instrument are to each other. And how beautiful and inspired are the pieces written for this appealing cast.
The programme will be recorded on CD and performed in concert for the first time in November. But rehearsals, travels and recording expenses have to be funded somehow and thus Bruce Dickey started a crowdfunding campain on Indiegogo:
Here you can support the project and find more information about it.
Here you can get a first impression of this fantastic duo on YouTube.
Hiro Kurosaki in Utrecht
A thrilling function, which Hiro Kurosaki was very pleased to perform: he was invited to work with Collegium Musicum Den Haag as concert master, violin soloist and coach for the string players on music by Handel, Pieter Hellendaal and Willem de Fesch. The latter two are Dutch-born composers who though were working in London as collegues of Handel and violon virtuosos. Their compositions are accordingly virtuosic and demanding for the string section of an orchestra.
The result of these three days of rehearsals was presented in a concert directed by Claudio Ribeiro on 2 September in the Geertekerk Utrecht, in the framework of the Festival Oude Muziek.
The concert was recorded by Concertzender Nederland.
Boreas Quartett Bremen: first CD!
It's the first CD of Boreas Quartett Bremen and it really became a terrific one: on In Nomine the four young recorder players - together with Han Tol as fifth player - dedicated themselves to the In Nomine-pieces of Christopher Tye (1498-1573).
The recording was released on 15 September on the label cpo and leaves nothing to be desired musically and technically. The pieces swing and breath, the four young ladies and Han Tol play together accurately and homogeneously, and with their lucidous way of playing and excellingly pure intonation they're creating an atmosphere which is sometimes meditative, sometimes somberly detached from the world, sometimes glowing with vitality and joie de vivre.
Recorder consort at its best!
Here you can assure yourself of the qualities of this CD.
PHANTASM in Utrecht
England, my England was the theme of this year's edition of the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht - a theme, which suited viol consort PHANTASM perfectly well, of course.
On 30 August the ensemble, directed by Laurence Dreyfus, presented several setts from William Lawes's The Royal Consort there. With this actually they quoted from their youngest CD, which was released in May and ranges on the first ranks of English Classical Charts since then. And it was a programme which with its rhythmic energy convinced even consort-beginners amongst the listeners of the enormously freshening qualities of this music.
The concert took place at 10:30pm in Hertz, Tivoli Vredenburg. Concertzender Nederland recorded it for a later broadcast.
Enjoy here an impression of this wonderful - though possibly not really sleep-inducing - programme!
On 31 August Laurence Dreyfus also gave a public masterclass around English consort music for young viol players. The result was presented afterwards in a fringe concert.
Breathtaking: record on facebook
Breathtaking 3.700 clicks on the first day - if you were of the opinion so far, that music by unknown Italian composers from around 1700 for soprano and cornetto is something for specialists and Early Music-nerds, this record may possibly motivate you to reconsider your idea: the preview-video of the first rehearsals for the project breathtaking - a voice and a cornetto entwined with Hana Blažíková, soprano, and Bruce Dickey, cornetto, reached 3.700 views in barely 24 hours after it went online.
No wonder, though - watch here the video, which has enthused the facebook community so immensely!
In November 2015 this catchy programme will be recorded on CD and for the first time sound in a concert as well, before the musicians will tour with it in 2016 and 2017. Don't hesitate to contact us for possible dates, if you're interested in breathtaking!
PER-SONAT in Laus Polyphoniae Antwerp
Petrus Alamire (1470-1536) was a scribe, editor, diplomat, mining specialist and spy, made and wrote music furthermore - and the gorgeously decorated manuscripts from his workshop often are the only source for works by composers like Josquin, de la Rue or Isaak today.
To this sparkling personality the festival Laus Polyphoniae in Antwerp dedicated its whole festival edition this year, and there PER-SONAT directed by Sabine Lutzenberger mustn't be missed, of course, as the composers, immortalised in Alamire's manuscripts, belong to the core repertoire of the ensemble.
A special appeal of their concert on 22 August at 10:15pm in Antwerp's AMUZ lied in the fact, that they performed motets from a manuscript, which emperor Charles V gave to Raymund Fugger in Augsburg - but of which the Superius-part got lost. According to this situation Sabine Lutzenberger and her collegues sought for other sources for these pieces and - when there were none - wrote a Superius part themself in the style of the time.
Thus they didn't only present works from early Renaissance in Antwerp, but also several premieres. A thrilling experience!
Lorenzo Ghielmi: trilogy in Bachwoche Ansbach
Three times Lorenzo Ghielmi in this year's Bachwoche Ansbach - on organ and fortepiano:
On 4 August at 7:30pm Lorenzo gave a concert at the Wiegleb organ in St. Gumbertus with music by Bach and his teachers Georg Böhm and Dieterich Buxtehude.
On 5 August at 3pm he presented chamber music by Bach, his son Carl Philipp Emanuel and Abel, together with his brother Vittorio, viol. In this concert in the Prunksaal of the Residence Ansbach he played on the copy of a fortepiano by Silbermann, of which the original is to find in the Germanische Nationalmuseum Nürnberg.
On 6 August the programme of an evening concert included an excerpt from the Well-Tempered Clavier II - again on the organ by Wiegleb in St. Gumbertus.
All three concerts were recorded by radio BR Klassik. The chamber music programme will be broadcast on 5 September at 6:05pm; for the other recordings the dates of broadcast will be published soon.
Enjoy here an impression of the wonderfully lyrical and thrilling organ playing of Lorenzo Ghielmi!
PHANTASM in France and Finland
Two times Bach: viol consort PHANTASM presented - under the expert guidance of Bach researcher Laurence Dreyfus - two concerts with the art of fugue of the great Thomas cantor at the beginning of August.
On August 5 at 8pm the work sounded in the company of Mozart's arrangements of Bach fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier for string quartet in the Church of Millay in the Bourgogne, in the framework of the festival Le Vent sur l'Arbre.
On August 7 at 8:30pm the four gambists played Bach's fugues in BRQ Festival Vantaa in Finland.
Listen here to how exciting this work - which often is assessed to be dry and academic - sounds with PHANTASM.
il Gardellino in South America
Long journey, big success: with a programme featuring Georg Philip Telemann & friends Flemish ensemble il Gardellino around Marcel Ponseele, oboe, and Jan De Winne, traverso, toured in South America, together with recorder player Peter Van Heyghen.
From 12 to 19 July the musicians traveled through Uruquay and Colombia, performed amongst other places in Medellin and Montevideo, where they also held a masterclass for young musicians from the South American Baroque scene.
Here you can enjoy an impression of il Gardellino's Telemann interpretation.
PHANTASM: Dowland's Lachrimae
After the overwhelming echo of the most recent CD release (William Lawes's The Royal Consort) of viol consort PHANTASM under direction of Laurence Dreyfus the ensemble just recorded the next CD during the first days of July: John Dowland's Lachrimae, together with Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo.
It took them three nights of hard work, until ensemble leader Laurence Dreyfus was satisfied with their interpretation of this core repertoire for viols - and one may look forward to this CD (which will be released in May 2016 on the Linn Label) with great suspense, as Dowland's Gaillards and Pavans might appear in a new and doubtless rather exciting light here, thanks to PHANTASM's uniquely intense and energetic approach to this music.
After the premiere in autumn 2014 in Amsterdam and performances at the Bergen festival in Norway and in Baden-Baden Sasha Waltz's highly praised production of Monteverdi's Orfeo was invited to the Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin from 1 to 6 July.
The cornetto in these performances together with the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Vocalconsort Berlin directed by Pablo Heras-Casado was played by Bruce Dickey - as in most cases, when some Monteverdi opera with an all star cast is on the programme anywhere in the world.
Listen here to Bruce playing a solo piece for cornetto - and you'll know why...
laReverdie in Potsdam
The twelve gardens is the title of a devotional text, written by St. Catherine of Bologna around 1435, in which the spiritual journey of a soul is depicted, travelling through various allegorical gardens to the unity with Christ.
After extensive research the musicians of laReverdie underlayed this wonderful text with compositions, which were in use in Catherine's monastery in those days, and in this way conceived a Laudes like it could have been sung there actually in Catherine's time.
Friends of medieval music could experience this mystically inspired Laudes for the last time on 25 June in the Ovid gallery of the Neue Kammern Sanssouci, in the framework of the Musikfestspiele Potsdam-Sanssouci.
PHANTASM in the charts - and in Wigmore Hall
On 21 May the youngest CD of viol consort PHANTASM with Laurence Dreyfus was published on the British Linn label - and William Lawes's The Royal Consort is a CD which makes the listener start up from his chair. To our amazement it was #2 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts for the week of 23-30 May 2015, and - what's even more startling - #9 in the Classical Artist Albums!
Viol consort beats André Rieu - who would ever dream of this...?
Furthermore the BBC 3 as well as German classical radio mdr Figaro and the Danish classical radio chose this recording for CD of the week, with reviews like »the best viol consort of the Western hemisphere« or »Phantasm is simply unique«. What an echo!
Enjoy here an impression of this intoxicating dance music - with which the ensemble will tour in 2016, by the way.
Aside from the CD PHANTASM also received enthusiastic reviews for their last live performances: on 8th June they played their farewell concert as ensemble in residence at the University of Oxford and Magdalen College Oxford in Holywell Music Room.
On 9 June they gave a concert in Wigmore Hall London - England's most dignified address for chamber music - with music by Henry Purcell.
PER-SONAT: love and roses in Potsdam
Young Amant enters a paradisic garden and falls in love - with a rose. Which, though, doesn't accept him as her lover without a certain objection...
This is - in short - the plot of one of the most famous novels of the history of literature: the romance of the rose, which first was published in 13th century France and which should inspire poets and musicians for extraordinary works during more than two centuries.
Sabine Lutzenberger and her ensemble PER-SONAT gave an impression of these masterly works - amongst others written by Machaut, Solage, and diverse troubadours and trouvères - in their concert on 19 June in the festival Musikfestspiele Potsdam-Sanssouci. The concert took place in the historical Ovid gallery.
Enjoy here a piece from this fascinating musical-literary programme.
il Gardellino: winds in Stockholm
A dream of a programme in the framework of Stockholm Early Musik Festival around Marcel Ponseele, oboe, and Jan De Winne, traverso: on 5 June il Gardellino played a concert under the title Coulours of the winds in the German Church in Stockholm.
They presented concerti by Händel, Franz Benda, Marcello, CPE Bach, Vivaldi and Fasch, thus some highlights from the repertoire for woodwind instruments alongside with some lesser known valuables.
Here you may listen to a movement from the Marcello concert, to understand the enthusiasm of the Swedish audience.
PHANTASM in Regensburg
Palpable suspence in viols: English consortmusic from Tye to Purcell for five viols is on the programme of a concert with PHANTASM and Laurence Dreyfus at the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg. With their extraordinary energy, thrilling rhythms but also meditative moments, perfect playing in tune and wonderful expressivity they enchanted their audience on 25 May in the historical Reichssaal.
Enthusiasm also amongst the reviewers of the festival: Bavarian broadcast (BR) even praised the consort as »the best viol ensemble of our days« and another critic complimented PHANTASM's concert as »the hightlight of the whole festival«.
Joshua Rifkin and Concerto Palatino in Regensburg
The Vespro della beata Virgine of Claudio Monteverdi is a well-known masterwork. But the evening-long sequence of choral and solo pieces to which we have become accustomed has little to do with what the composer intended. The conductor and scholar Joshua Rifkin has gone back to the original print of 1610 to discover what Monteverdi had in mind. Together with Concerto Palatino, the leading ensemble for Italian music around 1600, he presented a new vision of this supposedly familiar music in the festival Tage Alter Musik Regensburg on 24 May.
There, rather than mixing things that Monteverdi never meant to go together, they restored each element of the 1610 publication to its proper place, starting with the Missa in illo tempore, with which the collection begins, at 2pm, performing the Concerti Sacrae Concentus, at 5.30pm and ending with the Psalms, hymn, and Magnificat of the Vespers liturgy at 10.45 pm - always in the Dominikanerkirche Regensburg.
Next to the wonderful winds and strings of Concerto Palatino one enjoyed especially the splendorous singer cast, with amongst others Nele Gramß, Gerlinde Sämann, David Munderloh, Charles Daniels, Jan Van Elsacker, Julian Podger, Markus Flaig and Harry van der Kamp. What made the critic of the Süddeutsche Zeitung to entitle his review »In Regensburg the marvel of Monteverdi happened« and to end with the simple words »a miracle«.
The first two concerts were recorded by Deutschlandfunk as well as BR Klassik and are broadcast on 9th (BR), respectivly 26th (DLF) of July.
PER-SONAT: new CD!
Walther von der Vogelweide is regarded as one of the most important singers of the Middleages. He was an accomplished poet, but at the same time also a pityless critic of social deficiencies, singing of courtly love as well as of unrightful behaviour of kings, pope and clergy: a treasure of medieval poetry - for which only very few melodies were passed down to us, though, so that Walther's gorgeous songs are rather seldomly performed nowadays.
A welcome challenge for ensemble PER-SONAT around soprano Sabine Lutzenberger: for their newest CD they sang Walther's poetry partly on his own melodies, partly on such of his contemporaries and some tunes they even composed themselves in a stilistically appropriate form - a felicitous melange between history and vital performance practise.
The result is an extremely lively CD, presenting Walther's multi-faceted personality in often funny, but also touching and passionate or furious sounds - in short: a compilation of simply beautiful music!
For their debut in the Concertgebouw Bruges the musicians of PHANTASM under Laurence Dreyfus invited their listeners to a very amusing and diverting journey through 150 years of English contrapuntal excessiveness in the evening of 15 May.
On the programme: works by Christopher Tye, Orlando Gibbons, Willam Byrd, William Lawes, Henry Purcell and others for five viols and theorbo, performed with PHANTASM's usual intensity and vividity.
The following day the viol consort played in the traditional Evensong in the chapel of Magdalen College Oxford, together with the Choir of Magdalen College.
Ensemble Villancico: anniversary and late night of Early Music
»Eight singers, four players, two dancers and the animated conductor Pontvik make sure the audience doesn't experience any idle moments. I have never seen such a joyful ensemble - the singers are smiling all the time, and not without reason. This South American renaissance and baroque music is bursting with joy and expression« - such was the reaction of the evidently quite enthused critic of Dagens Nyheter, the most important Swedish journal, on 3 April on the concert in Stockholm, which Ensemble Villancico presented themself for their 20th anniversary.
On 25 April the musicians and dancers from Sweden performed in two concerts in the framework of the Lange Nacht der Alten Musik, an Early Music event of the Bavarian Broadcast BR, in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg, where they played two different programmes of Latin American music.
On 15th they started their tour with a lecture recital of Laurence Dreyfus at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. The same evening the musicians presented Sacred Hymnes for voyces and vyols by John Amner, together with the Dublin Consort Singers, directed by Mark Keane in St. Ann's Church.
On 16 April there was another lecture recital on their schedule and in the evening PHANTASM was performing Bach's Art of Fugue in Dublin's City Hall The Rotunda.
This work - together with Mozart's arrangements of Fugues from Bach's Well-tempered Clavier for string quartet - also was on the programme of PHANTASM's concert in the Thüringer Bachwochen in Germany on 18 April in the Bachkirche Arnstadt.
Linda Nicholson: Loewe-CD!
Finally it is released: the eagerly awaited CD by fortepianist Linda Nicholson with piano music by Carl Loewe just came out on the English Label Toccata. On it one can hear the Mazeppa Op. 27, the Grande Sonate e major Op. 16, the Gypsy Sonata Op. 107 and the Alpine Fantasy Op. 53 - the two latter world premier recordings and all pieces first recordings on an authentic instrument.
In the meantime Linda Nicholson is already pondering the next project: Mediterranean inspiration for fortepiano is the working title for an upcoming CD and concert-project, in which the fortepianist will play and record pieces by Scarlatti, Paradisi, Platti, Giustini, Soler and young Handel. In short: composers, whose work for keyboard instruments still is rather seldomly performed - at least not on a suitable instrument.
The fortepianist got her inspiration from a new instrument by builder Denzil Wraight, who just finished the copy of a Ferrini-fortepiano from 18th century Italy - an instrument which seems to have been far better known in those times, than we supposed so far, as Linda Nicholson detected.
Phantasm: Tomkins recording
Again there's a new CD of viol consort PHANTASM with Laurence Dreyfus under construction: from 30 March till 1 April together with the Choir of Magdalen College Oxford directed by Daniel Hyde they're recording the complete verse anthems by Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656) - a composer by the way, who himself studied at Magdalen College Oxford, where PHANTASM is consort in residence.
Along with the works for choir and viols the ensembles shall also record an excerpt of Tomkins' fantastic consort music for three up to six viols.
Tini Mathot: new Lied-CD
Uncommon, but extremely charming repertoire in a great performance: on the youngest CD of fortepianist Tini Mathot together with soprano Bettina Pahn one can experience works from the 2nd Berliner Liederschule. A repertory that asks for a rather sophisticated interpretation and a lot of expressivity from both musicians, because most of the songs are written in strophic form and - seemingly - quite simple: the art of a light-hearted, but elaborated sound.
Under the title Es war ein König in Thule there are songs by composers like Zelter, Reichardt or Rust, but also solo works for fortepiano by C.P.E. Bach on this CD.
We just came to know the winners of the 8th International Telemann-competition in Magdeburg and are happy to announce that young recorder player Julia Fritz from Boreas Quartett Bremen won a 2nd price. Congratulations!
The only 29 year old musician, who studied with Dorothee Oberlinger, Peter Holtslag and Han Tol, successfully completed three rounds of the competition during the second week of March, before she performed in the gala concert of the price winners with the Leipziger Baroque orchestra on 15 March .
Listen here to Julia playing in consort with her three collegues from Boreas.
New at Sonus: ARS ANTIQUA AUSTRIA
A bit of Mediterranean warmth in sound, combined with highest technical and musical standard and quite a lot of international flair: that's ARS ANTIQUA AUSTRIA, the ensemble for new Baroque music, founded and directed by violinist Gunar Letzbor, which we are enchanted to represent henceforth internationally (except Germany and Austria).
The ensemble focusses on Austrian Baroque music and it is thanks to Gunar Letzbor's instinct and serendipity, that they often perform very charming jewels from this repertoire, which were forgotten for centuries. For this ARS ANTIQUA AUSTRIA plays in casts from three musicians up to full orchestra size with soloists and choir.
Welcome to Sonus!
For end of January/begin of February 2016 we're just busy with planning a tour of the ensemble with the Rosenkranzsonaten by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Here you can get some first sound impressions of the ensemble.
Here you'll find some videos of ARS ANTIQUA AUSTRIA on our YouTube channel.
Phantasm 2017: Membra Jesu Nostri with top cast
For a rather surprising and promising project PHANTASM with Laurence Dreyfus is teaming up with Concerto Melante, the only ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker playing on period instruments: in the Passion tide 2017 they'll perform Buxtehude's oratorio Membra Jesu Nostri - alternating with contrasting and complementary English repertory for viol consort.
In choosing the consort pieces Laurence Dreyfus used the facts, that there are a lot of instrumental works from the England of the 16th and 17th century with a sacred title, and that under the influence of the religious persecution of Roman Catholics in England even Catholic mass-settings were played purely instrumental very often, to avoid the risk of enunciating the words.
Along with this appealing concept goes an exquisite singer cast: with Hana Blažíková and Raquel Andueza, soprano, Alex Potter, countertenor, Charles Daniels, tenor, and Harry van der Kamp, bass, one can look forward to exceptional performances!
There are several concerts planned in March 2017, as well as in June and in August 2017. Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information.
Gerlinde Sämann on tour
In four concerts with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging under direction of Jos van Veldhoven singer Gerlinde Sämann sang the soprano parts in three cantatas by Bach, as well as in Pachelbel's Was Gott tut das ist wohlgetan.
With this programme Gerlinde appeared from 5 to 8 February in Eindhoven, Naarden, in the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.
New CD with David Munderloh
On a new CD, recently released on the label Alia Vox/Harmonia Mundi, tenor David Munderloh presents himself in two of the most appealing parts for his voice: the Magnificats by Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.
The production with the Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations is directed by Jordi Savall.
Raquel Andueza in interview
After a enthusiastically received concert with her ensemble la Galanía in San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Madrid with the programme Italia 1600 on 2 January, soprano Raquel Andueza had another great appearance.
An interview was published in Melómana, one of the most famous Spanish music magazines. On their front page they anounced Raquel as "The soprano of emotion" - rather to the point, as we find!
Here you may get an impression of the truth of this description.
Ars poetica and the hurdy-gurdy
In the middle of the 18th century amongst French nobility it came into fashion to idealise - and imitate - peasant culture. Stylised and refined pastoral music and instruments from folk music were introduced in the high society. For instance Maria Leszczyńska, the wife of king Louis XV, was a passionate hurdy-gurdy player.
In their concert on 18. January in the Maximilianmuseum Augsburg ensemble ars poetica, directed by soprano Sabine Lutzenberger, traced this sort of repertoire together with Tobie Miller, one of the internationally most renowned virtuosos on the hurdy-gurdy in performing French cantatas for soprano and hurdy-gurdy.
Enjoy here an impression of this seldomly heard combination of sounds in a live recording from the concert!
New at Sonus: La Galanía
Our latest addition comes from the South: La Galanía, the ensemble of the Spanish Soprano Raquel Andueza brings Mediterranean flair into the agency. On one hand through its members, most of them Spanish natives, but also through its preferred repertoire: music of the 17th century in Italy, with occasional excursions in other Southern countries or into early 18th century repertoire.
This music is performed by La Galanía with thrilling energy indeed, and additionally Raquel's unique voice is absolutely and immediately fascinating - not only for fans of Early Music.
It's really fun to listen to this!
It's more or less an exponentiated jubilee-CD which recently was released on Challenge Classics, because it celebrates even three anniversaries at once: the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the 65th of Tini Mathot and the 70th of Ton Koopman - together 135.
The result is a box of two CDs. On one of them Tini Mathot plays piano music of the Bach-son on a fortepiano by Anton Walther in a really brilliant and very expressive way, on the other one Ton Koopman interpretes six of the organ sonatas by C.P.E. Bach in his familiar dancingly manner on the Amalien-organ in Berlin.
A very nice idea - excellently realised.
Here you can listen to one of the pieces on this CD.
David Munderloh: solo CD and Messiah tour
It was his debut with the Kammerchor and Barockorchester Stuttgart, directed by Frieder Bernius, and it was a rather intense tour for David Munderloh: between 12th and 17th December he sang five concerts with Handel's Messiah, amongst other cities also in Bolzano, Verona and Stuttgart.
Shortly before this we were extremely pleased to receive David's youngest solo CD. On Awake Sweet Love he sings songs of dark desire by John Dowland, accompanied by Julian Behr, luit. One of the main strengths of this recording surely is the tenor's wonderfully natural, charmingly unmannnered and nevertheless very expressive interpretation of this music. But at the same time he impresses by the amazing variety of colours in his voice, going through the whole range of registers.
A perfect mixture of good technique - and a simply beautiful tenor voice!
Joyous surprise: first edit of Loewe-CD by Linda Nicholson
Today Carl Loewe (1796-1869) is noticed primarily as composer of songs and ballads, but Loewe - a theologist by education - also wrote quite a few works for piano which are equally great and elaborated as his vocal oeuvre. In this music, too, he proves himself as ingenious inventor of melodies and furthermore shows so much sophistication and variety in the harmonic structures that one asks onself highly astonished why this great pieces are so seldomly performed nowadays.
Suprisingly the largest part of this piano works also isn't recorded on CD so far - and nothing of it with an authentic instrument, which is of particular importance for this music of all. Linda Nicholson is the only pianist now, who attended to this pieces on a historical instrument and her first (of - planned - three) CD with Loewe's piano works will be published in January 2015.
We just got the first edit - and are absolutly excited! Enjoy here a first impression.
Here you find an interview with Linda Nicholson over this recording, which appeared in the November-issue of the German Early Music journal Toccata - Alte Musik Aktuell (in German).
Fresh breeze in Sonus: Boreas Quartett Bremen
Boreas is the god of the Northwind - and therefore an obvious godfather for this four young recorder players, which met at the Akademie für Alte Musik in North-German Bremen, received a number of awards and grants since then, and also recorded their first CD with music by Christopher Tye already, which will come out in spring 2015.
And they do not only play excellently, this four young ladies of Boreas Quartett Bremen, but they're also very good in conveying programmes which are informed, thrilling and attracting at the same time, as we can see from the projects they're planning for the coming years.
Welcome to Sonus!
Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde is the title of il Gardellino's newest recording under the direction of oboist Marcel Ponseele, a CD which the ensemble just released on the Belgian label Passacaille. It contains works by Bach, Telemann and Georg Melchior Hoffmann, which depict death not so much as the end of live, but much more as redemption from earthly pain and affliction.
Il Gardellino has achieved to show this ambiguity between despair and aspiration with unbelievable technical finesse and fascinating musical sensitivity. With Gerlinde Sämann, soprano, Damien Guillon, altus, Jan Kobow, tenor, and Dominik Wörner, bass, they also had a perfectly matching cast of singers for this programme.
Here you can get an impression of this wonderful recording.
Concerto Palatino: Schütz in Japan
One week of touring in Japan: Concerto Palatino did several concerts, not with their own singers and string players this time, but invited by the Bach Collegium Japan. Under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki they played in the Psalmen Davids by Heinrich Schütz.
The concerts took place in Tokyo and Kobe; furthermore the Palatini performed a wind-only programme for special guests and donors of the Bach Collegium Japan.
PHANTASM: busy days in England
PHANTASM was invited to provide the ceremonial opening of the new exhibition Germany: memories of a nation of the British Museum in London on 17 October with corresponding music. So the viol consort, directed by Laurence Dreyfus performed works by Bach and Mozart, while the BBC reported live on opening, exhibition and concert.
Two days later the ensemble played an evensong in the Chapel of Magdalen College Oxford, followed by a concert in All Souls College Chapel Oxford on 20 October, dedicated to the great English poet George Herbert, with music by his contemporaries.
Enjoy here an impression of the music they performed at this last occasion!
PER-SONAT on medievalist's conference in Zürich
Middle Ages today was the subject of this year's conference of medievalists at the University of Zürich.
Ensemble PER-SONAT, directed by soprano Sabine Lutzenberger was invited there to present a wonderful programme with songs of the Middle Ages for the adoration of the Saints - among them some extremely virtuosic and touching works by abbess Kassia of Byzantium and Hildegard von Bingen, next to songs for the devotion of Mary by French Trouvères.
The concert took place on 11 October in the chapel of the Kulturhaus Helferei in Zürich.
Here you find a live recording of PER-SONAT with music by Hildegard von Bingen.
Bruce Dickey on Tour of Meantone in North America
Bruce Dickey on tour in his home country: during his Tour of Meantone the cornettist visited some of the most exciting organs, tuned in meantone temperament, in the US. From 5 to 21 October he delighted friends of the cornet with his brilliant and bright sound, with his striking virtuosity and fascinating repertoire.
Together with organ player Liuwe Tamminga he played amongst other places in Oberlin, Cleveland, at Yale University and in New York City. On the programme: works for cornet and keyboard from 16th and 17th century Italy.
The reactions of the audience were enthusiastic - and thus part 2 of this tour is planned already for 2016!
Listen here to a piece by Josquin Desprez with diminutions by Bruce Dickey on our YouTube channel.
laReverdie - broadcast and recording
On 2 October at 20h a concert of ensemble laReverdie was broadcast on SWR2. This thrilling programme around musical avantgarde around 1400 had been recorded on 22 Juni in the Münster in Konstanz.
Subsequently the ensemble recorded their newest programme Venecie mundi splendor in collaboration with the WDR for Label Arcana on CD. In this programme the Italian group shows the tradition of the typical ceremonial feast motets dedicated to the doges of Venice from Francesco Dandolo (1329-1339) up to Francesco Foscari (1423-1457) and therefore has chosen eight of the most representative and splendid works of this musical style.
Here you find further information on laReverdie as well as several audio samples.
PER-SONAT in Sint Truiden and Regensburg
On 20 September ensemble PER-SONAT was invited for a concert in Canto Aperto, the famous Flemish festival for Gregorian chant in Sint Truiden. At 17h Sabine Lutzenberger and three more singers presented their programme tropes and sequences between 1450 and 1550: works by Guillaume Dufay, John Dunstable and Antoine Brumel.
One week later PER-SONAT gave a concert in the framework of the Landesaustellung around emperor Ludwig IV, called "the Bavarian" in Regensburg. On 28 September the ensemble accompanied its audience on a time travel for the ears, with pious chants and naughty songs from the time of Ludwig (1281-1347).
At 17h Sabine Lutzenberger, Baptiste Romain and Marc Lewon presented in the Runtingersaal Regensburg works from the Jenaer Liederhandschrift, among them some freshly rediscovered verses from early 13th century, directly referring to Ludwig IV.
Laurence Dreyfus and Patricia Kopatchinskaja in Berlin Philharmonie
Probably the first time at all, that a treble viol performed on the stage of the Berlin Philharmonie: after joining well known violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja on her newest album Take Two, viol player Laurence Dreyfus also presented the collaboration with her live. On 13 September they played together at the Late Night concert in the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie.
With Baroque violin and treble viol Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Laurence Dreyfus performed works of Machaut, Gibbons and from the Winchester Tropar, framed by works of contemporary composer Galina Ustwolskaja, which Kopatchinskaja played together with pianist Markus Hinterhäuser.
The Missa Redemptoris à 21 by Ritter Antonio Bertali was copied 1677 by Pavel Vejvanovsky for the music collection of the bishop of Olmütz, who was living in Kremsier, and thus somehow landed in the library of Kremsier.
Here cornetto player Bruce Dickey, detected the mass some time ago, edited it and performed it in a concert at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with some of his students.
Three years later now Bruce Dickey eventually could realise a concert with this mass, as well as with some more newly rediscoverd works of Bertali with his own ensemble Concerto Palatino: in the framework of Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht the ensemble presented this programme on 3 September at 20h in Tivoli Vrendenburg. The concert was broadcast live on radio and TV.
Here you can watch the TV-broadcast on our YouTube Channel.
PHANTASM as Doctors in Performance
Doctors in Performance is the name of a festival at the renowned Sibelius academy in Helsinki, Finland, which busies itself with historically informed performance practice in theoretical as well as in practical respects.
A combination which suits viol player and Oxford-professor for musicology and performance practice Laurence Dreyfus very well and so he did a concert lecture together with his viol consort PHANTASM on 5 September with works by Byrd, Gibbons, Locke, Purcell and Bach.
Prior to that the musicians finished their recording of the complete Royal Consorts by William Lawes, which will be published in May 2015 on Linn label - and realises this versatile and stirring music in a really genial way.
Enjoy here one of this pieces from a live-recording!
Joshua Rifkin and Concerto Palatino: Monteverdi 1610
The Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi has become a well-known masterwork, heard in numerous concert performances and recordings. But the evening-long sequence of choral and solo pieces to which we have become accustomed has little to do with what the composer intended.
The conductor and scholar Joshua Rifkin has gone back to the original print of 1610 to discover what Monteverdi had in mind. Together with Concerto Palatino he presents a new vision of supposedly familiar music: Monteverdi 1610 was performed for the first time on 31 August, building the three final concerts of Festival Laus Polyphoniae Antwerp in Belgium, at 18h, 19h and 21h - in each case in the Sint Paulus Kerk in Antwerp.
La Divina Armonia: C.P.E. Bach's 300th anniversary
Die wahre Art, das Clavier zu spielen - the true way to play a keyboard instrument - was something, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was pondering over throughout his live. His particular interest thereby lay on the revolutionary possibilities to influence loudness and cantability offered by the new fortepiano, which was developed by the organ maker Gottfried Silbermann at the beginning of the 18th century.
This enthusiasm for the fortepiano is something, La Divina Armonia ardently shares with Carl Philipp Emanuel. In chamber music cast, with Lorenzo Ghielmi, fortepiano, Jan De Winne, traverso, and Stefano Barneschi, violin, the ensemble introduced its audience into the microcosmos of the Silbermann piano on 27 August in the Dom of Geisenheim in the framework of the Rheingau Musikfestival with works by Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
The fortepiano played for this concert is Lorenzo Ghielmi's own copy of a Silbermann-fortepiano from 1749.
Solorecital Alex Potter in Utrecht
Baroque music from the emperor's court in Vienna around 1700 for the unusual cast of countertenor, two virtuoso trombones and string ensemble: this enthralling combination could be heard in a concert with Alex Potter at the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht on 31 August.
Together with Swiss ensemble la fontaine the young singer performed the works of composers from the Viennoise court chapel like Antonio Caldara, Johann Joseph Fux and Ignazio Maria Conti in the recently renovated Tivoli Vredenburg concert house.
Enjoy here an impression of what the audience heard in this sold out concert!
PER-SONAT: The mayor of Augsburg in Utrecht
The Augsburger Liederbuch is a manuscript which was compiled by citizens of the German town Augsburg between 1505 and 1518 and which shows a broad overview of South German musical live in early 16th century. A musical live which also was highly estimated by emperor Maximilian I, who visited Augsburg so often during this period, that he even got the nick name "mayor of Augsburg".
Ensemble PER-SONATgave an impression of this urban music making on 30 August in their concert in the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht. The ensemble, directed by Sabine Lutzenberger presented in the Pieterskerk vocal and instrumental works from the Renaissance from the Augsburger Liederbuch.
Listen here to a piece from a live recording of a concert with a similar programme.
Solorecital Lorenzo Ghielmi in Antwerp
Luzzasco Luzzaschi, the adored teacher of Girolamo Frescobaldi wrote at least three volumes of ricercari, but unfortunately there's only one piece handed down to us, from this collections.
Lorenzo Ghielmi played this unique composition in his programme Affetti ed effetti on 29 August in the festival Laus Polyphoniae Antwerp, together with works by Tarquinio Merula, Giovanni Paolo Cima and Girolamo Frescobaldi on different harpsichord and an organ: a wonderful concert, full of splendid music, which the musician played in his usual virtuosic and cantablile manner.
Jakob Lindberg in duo
Two stars among the luitenists on the same stage, playing music by Giovanni Antonio Terzi, Palestrina, Striggio, Ingegneri, Lassus and Willaert: it was pure joy to listen to Jakob Lindberg and his American collegue Paul O'Dette, performing Italian music for two lutes.
The concert tooke place in the framework of Laus Polyphoniae Antwerp on 27 August at 13h in the acustically wonderfully lucid Augustinus Muziek Zentrum.
Listen here to an audio sample of Jakob Lindberg, playing Kapsberger.
Concerto Palatino: opening concert of Laus Polyphoniae Antwerp
It's an extraordinary theme for even such a sophisticated and wonderful festival as Laus Polyphoniae in Antwerp: this year's focus was lying specifically on the young Claudio Monteverdi - thus, the composer's oeuvre until about 1610. A period which Concerto Palatino feels at home very much, of course, and so the ensemble was invited to do the opening concert (as well as the final concerts) of the festival on 22 August in the splendorous Sint Carolus Borromaeuskerk.
The vocal-instrumantal programme which cornetto-player and ensemble director Bruce Dickey had conceived for this concert presented some of Monteverdi's earliest, still Renaissance-orientated works as well as such by his teachers, collegues and contemporaries, for instance Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Adrian Willaert, Marc Antonio Ingegneri or Ascanio Trombetti.
Listen here to a wonderful and - extremely - virtuosic piece by Giuseppe Guami, live recorded during the concert in Antwerp!
Hiro Kurosaki: Debut at Esterházys court chapel
Debut for Hiro Kurosaki in his preferred repertoire: on 23 August the Austrian-Japanese violinist played for the first time as first violin in the Eszterházy Hofkapelle, a Baroque orchestra, founded at the Hungarian Castle Eszterházy near Fertöd last year.
This Baroque orchestra, compiled after the historical example of the court chapel of Duke Esterházy as it was composed in Haydn's days to revive the musical tradition in the Castle performed works by Beethoven and - of course! - Haydn, directed by the British conductor Paul McCreesh.
Laurence Dreyfus in Wagnerwahn on 3sat
WAGNERWAHN is the title of an innovative cultural documentation by the film-maker Ralf Pleger from 2013, tracing live and work of the great German composer, and trying to explain the fascination which Wagner exerted over his contemporaries and still exerts over today's audiences to a young audience.
Alongside Philippe Jordan, conductor of Opéra de Paris, Katharina Wagner, the director of the Bayreuther Festspiele, also Wagner-expert and Oxford-professor Laurence Dreyfus shows up in this film and discusses myths and doings of this until this very day doubtlessly mostdiscussed German composer
On 9 August 2014 at 21.00 this award-winning documentary was broadcast once more on 3sat.
Here you can have a look at the official trailer of this film.
The Bach Ensemble: home game in Arnstadt
Focus on the Altbachische Archiv: this year's edition of the Bach:Sommer in Thuringian Arnstadt, a festival dedicated to The Bach Ensemble will not only present music by J.S. Bach, but also works by his ancestors from about 1650 to 1700. Directed by Joshua Rifkin the American musicians rehearsed and performed these motets, choir songs and cantatas from the Albachische Archiv between 7 and 10 August in Arnstadt and nearby Wandersleben.
But the Bach:Sommer not only offers to its visitors the advantage, to experience Bach at authentical places, but also a quite close contact with the performing musicians - for instance in public rehearsals, discussions, or also during the summerfeast with four-course-menu in the vicarage in Arnstadt.
For further informations please consult the website of the Bach:Sommer.
laReverdie on a mystical journey: 12 gardens
The way of the soul as bride to unity with Christ is described as an ecstatic god-experience in „i dodici Giardini“ - the twelve gardens. The devotional text under this title was written by Caterina de Vigri - or St. Catherine of Bologna - around 1435 in Bologna, where the Saint belonged to the religious order of Santa Clara.
The five musicians of la Reverdie have reconstructed this Laudes on 20 July 2014 at the Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik Schwäbsich Gmünd in Kloster Lorch. The mysterious travel through the twelve gardens was recorded by SWR 2 and subsequently broadcast on Saturday, 2 August at 19:05h.
Here you can get an impression of this vivid and intense music.
PHANTASM in London and Finland
Music we'd like to hear was the title of a concert by viol consort PHANTASM with organist Daniel Hyde and directed by Laurence Dreyfus performed on 18 July in the church of St Mary-at-Hill in the city of London.
Here they presented amongst other pieces some of the Consorts to the Organ by William Lawes, with their craggy melodies, awkward superimpositions, wayward contrapuntal errors and harmonic solecisms.
Afterwards the ensemble traveled to the North, to the Finnish home of Jean Sibelius at the lake of Tuusula near Helsinki, where the Meidän festival takes place every summer in the former residences of Sibelius and his circle.
PHANTASM played in the intimate atmosphere of this festival in its smallest cast with only three viols in three of this summer villas music by Bevin, Tomkins, Byrd, Gibbons, Purcell and Bach - an event important enought to even be mentioned in the evening news on the national Finnish tv!
Enjoy some impression of beautiful polyphony à 3 here.
Princely sounds with La Divina Armonia
Princely impressions by Johann Sebastian Bach?
Not really: Bach wasn't blue-blooded of course, but during his appointment at the court of Saxen-Weimar he loved to make music together with his student Prince Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar (1696-1715), who himself wrote music and also firstly acquainted Bach with the Italian repertoire.
Particularly there are some of his beautiful concertos for violin and orchestra preseverd, which Lorenzo Ghielmi detected recently and subsequently edited them.
Together with his ensemble La Divina Armonia, Stefano Barneschi, solo violin, and Deborah York, soprano, he opened on 15th July the Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik in the stately ambiance of Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck with one of these concertos, as well as with a violin concerto and several Cantatas by Bach.
Gerlinde Sämann sings of the morning
The rising sun and her daily way always inspired artists for quite appealing works. One of them was Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, whose cantata Klopstocks Morgengesang am Schöpfungsfeste was performed in a concert of the Dresdner Kammerchor, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the soprano Gerlinde Sämann under direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann in this year's Bachfest in Leipzig.
But these musicians did not only celebrate the rising of the sun on 20 June in the Thomaskirche in the hymnic sounds of C.P.E. Bach: Gerlinde also was responsable for the morning in Georg Philipp Telemanns Die Tageszeiten. Furthermore there wass Johann Sebastian Bach's wedding Cantata Dem Gerechten muss das Licht on the programme.
The concert was broadcast live on Deutschlandradio Kultur.
Please enjoy Gerlinde Sämann here in one of her latest Bach recordings.
PHANTASM and British eccentricity
William Lawes and his melodically impressing as well as harmonically daring Consorts to the Organ sounded in a concert of PHANTASM, directed by Laurence Dreyfus on 17 June. The viol consort presented some of these quite eccentric works togehter with Daniel Hyde, organ, in the framework of Greynog Festival, Wales: surprises were guaranteed!
Special note for friends of Williams Lawes: Following on from their recording dedicated to Lawes which appeared in 2012 on the LINN Label, Phantasm will be recording a second Lawes disc - with the remaining Consorts to the organ in 5 and 6 parts and the first instalment of the early version of Lawes’s Royal Consorts a4 with lute. The CD will be released in the spring of 2015.
Here you may get an acoustic impression of Willam Lawes' amazing inventiveness.
PER-SONAT: roses in Stockholm
Is it possible to fall in love with a rose?
Yes: ensemble PER-SONAT gave proof of this in their concert on 8 June in the Stockholm Early Music Festival.
In their programme the four musicians delved into the world of the Roman de la Rose from 13th century, the first book at all to appear in French and not only because of this reason a sweeping bestseller in its time - and thus inspiring many artists for songs, tunes and poems for more than 200 years.
PER-SONAT presented some of these works, in inviting the audience to the beautiful garden of the novel and experience the adventures of its central character and his love for a rose in a musical way.
Have a taste of the music here with Guillaume de Machaut.
Concerto Palatino: Venetian impressions
O Venetia splendidior is the titel of the gorgeous new programme of Concerto Palatino, which musically recollects the ceremonial inauguration of the Chiesa del Redentore in Venice in 1592. With this programm the ensemble under direction of Bruce Dickey, was on tour over Whitsunday.
The tour started at the Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg where they performed this ceremonial works by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli as well as by Giovanni Battista Grillo on 7 June in the central evening concert.
On 8 June these splendid motets and canzonas were presented as grand final concert of the Stockholm Early Music Festival at 7pm in the German Church. The Swedish Radio recorded this concert to broadcast it in autumn 2014.
On 9 June Concerto Palatino played the programme at Kloster Schöntal in the framework of the Hohenloher Kultursommer. Also this concert was recorded by radio and will be broadcast on 5 July at 7:05pm on radio SWR2.
Listen here to a live-video from the concert in Kloster Schöntal on our YouTube-Channel!
The Bach Ensemble at Stockholm Early Music Festival
On 7 June at 9pm they delighted their audience in the magnificent German Church with two wedding cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach from different work periods of the Thomaskantor: the early Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten BWV 202, and O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit, BWV 210, written for a wedding in Berlin in 1741. The highly virtuosic Soprano parts were sung by Ulrike Hofbauer.
Besides the Bach Ensemble played the famous Ouvertüre d minor, BWV 1068, but of course in its - rather unknown - original version, reconstructed by Joshua Rifkin!
La Divina Armonia at the Bodenseefestival in Weingarten
Organ in concert - from Händel to Haydn: in this programme the musicians of Lorenzo Ghielmi's Ensemble La Divina Armonia showed connections between Baroque and Classique, but also between Italy and Germany in Concerti of Handel, Corelli and Haydn.
On 24 May at 8pm they performed these works together with Stefano Barneschi, solo-violin, in the framework of the Bodenseefestival at the splendorous historical organ of the basilica St. Martin in Weingarten, built 1737-1750 by Joseph Gabler, belonging to the most famous Baroque historical organs in Germany and with its 63 stops also to the largest ones still existing.
Here you may get some live impression of the concert.
Laurence Dreyfus and Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Take Two is the title of the next album of the renowned violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja on which she wanted to record music of different periods with some of her friends. One of the musicians invited for this project was viol player Laurence Dreyfus.
Together the two string players recorded end of May in Switzerland with baroque violin and discant viol amongst others pieces from the Winchester Tropes, by Guillaume de Machaut and Orlando Gibbons, which Laurence Dreyfus - also professor in musicology at the University of Oxford - chose for this purpose.
In summer this collaboration also can be experienced live: on 13 September they will appear together in a late-night-concert in the big hall of the Berliner Philharmonie - to follow also in the digital concert hall of the Philharmonie.
Ticket sale started on 25 May.
Concerto Palatino at Orgelwoche Nürnberg
First performance since 1625 and first recording: On 23 May the Windsbacher Knabenchor, Concerto Palatino and our singers Hana Blažiková (soprano), Alex Potter (countertenor), Satoshi Mizukoshi (tenor) and Dominik Wörner (bass) were busy with the polychoral church music of Johann Staden at the opening concert of the International organfestival in Nürnberg. This concert under the title Venice in Nuremberg took place in the church St. Lorenz.
Besides this performance the programme also was recorded on CD for the Harmonia Mundi label.
The concert was broadcast live on BR Klassik.
PER-SONAT: foretaste of Habsburg in Utrecht
On 30 August they'll be in the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht with their programme around emperor Maximilian I and the Augsburger Liederbuch - but ensemble PER-SONAT with Sabine Lutzenberger was already invited to give a foretaste of the festival:
On 13 May Xavier Vandamme, director of FOMU, presented the just completed festival programme for medias, friends and sponsors of the festival. For this occasion, called vriendenconcert, Sabine Lutzenberger, soprano, Baptiste Romain, fiddles, and Michael Eberth, clavicytherium, showed the audience what they may expect to hear from 28 August to 9 September.
On 30 August at 5pm PER-SONAT will perform their programme around Maximilian I in full length and the full cast of seven musicians in Utrecht.
PHANTASM goes Shakespeare
The Queen's command included music of amongst others William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and Robert Johnson, and was followed by PHANTASM under Laurence Dreyfus, together with soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, tenor Stuart Jackson and Trevor Pinnock, virginals. They performed this programme in two concerts on 12 and 13 May in the Sam Wanamaker's Playhouse, the recently dedicated indoor theatre next to the Globe, the historical domain of William Shakespeare.
This theater and concert venue offered a quite authentic frame for a Shakespeare programme: it's built exclusively from wood, after historical plans and illuminated by candles only.
Gerlinde Sämann and Bach's honeymoon
Music on Bach's wedding paths:
A concert of the Thüringer Bachwochen with soprano Gerlinde Sämann and the Baroque orchestra La Banda was devoted to Bach and his marriage.
In the Bach-church in Thuringian Arnstadt, where the organ played by Bach as a young man still exists and sounds, these musicians played the first part of their concert on 1 May with the wedding cantata Weichet nur betrübte Schatten, BWV 202.
After the audience had a walk to the church of Dornheim where Bach had married his first wife, Maria Barbara, following the traces of Bach's wedding party, Gerlinde Sämann sang O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit, BWV 2012, another cantate written for a marriage.
il Gardellino on tour in South America
More than three weeks on tour through Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador: on 28 April il Gardellino left for South America.
Until 21 May the Flemish ensemble will perform different programmes of Baroque music by composers like Jean-Philippe Rameau, Telemann, Bach, Vivaldi or Janitsch - amongst them several first performances in these countries. The group is playing in various casts, accompanying their concert-activities with various masterclasses.
The concerts take place in San Juan, La Paz, Santa Cruz, Bogota, Quito and some other places.
Alex Potter at the Thüringer Bachwochen
The performance of Bach's works at authentical places: that's the idea of the festival Thüringer Bachwochen, which takes place every year in German Thuringia, where Bach was born and lived before he became Thomaskantor in Leipzig.
For this reason countertenor Alex Potter conceived a programme with solo cantatas and sinfonias by Bach specifically for the Bach church in Arnstadt. All the pieces intensely involved the originally preserved Wender organ of this church, which was dedicated and played by Bach himself in former times.
The English singer presented this programme with obbligato organ on 26 April together with Capriccio Barockorchester Basel and Michael Fuerst, organ: a splendorous combination of fantastic music with beautiful sound!
They don't play the main part on this alltogether beautiful CD, but nethertheless it's a joy to hear them: on this youngest recording of the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, under Daniel Hyde with Dieterich Buxtehudes Membra Jesu Nostri the viol players of Laurence Dreyfus' consort PHANTASM are not only accompanying very subtle, but also contributing highly thrilling ritornelli and sonatas.
Albeit this choir and PHANTASM regularly collaborate for Evensongs and concerts, this is their first common CD - praised (not only) by the London Times: "With excellent boy trebles singing the soprano solos and the sinuous viols of Phantasm supplying supple sonatas, the continental-sounding choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, give a vibrant, appealing performance“.
And the success motivates to more: in 2015 both ensembles will start on a tour together with an Elizabethan Evensong programme. Be welcome to get in touch for more information!
It was quite a laborious passiontide for Soprano Hana Blažíková: Aside of many other passion concerts with different ensembles, on 7 April the young Czech singer started for a ten day's concert tour with Bach's St. Matthew passion with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, directed by Ton Koopman.
The concerts took place for instance in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Auditorium Lyon or the Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest.
Freshly released is the recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion with choir and orchestra of the Bachstiftung St. Gallen under direction of Rudolf Lutz. Alto: Margot Oitzinger. And the young Austrian singer shows here once more, that she not only owns a extraordinary beautiful voice and knows to sing absolutely impeccably, but also disposes over an enormous expressivity and artistic intensity.
It's a project which is quite typical for B'Rock: In the Flagey in Brussels the Flemish baroque orchestra played on invitation of KlaraFestival Arthur by Henry Purcell in a scenic production - but underlayed with a new text of a contemporary Flemish author, which displaced the plot from England to Belgium during World War I. With this he transformed the opera into a flaming accusation against war.
In a staging by Paul Koek B'Rock played the opera three times in Brussels. Further performances will take place on 21 and 22 May at the Operadagen Rotterdam.
Distinction for and Academy-project with Joshua Rifkin
Joshua Rifkin, who is ranked by the German encyclopaedia MGG among "the most important Bach-interpreters of our time" received several distinctions during these last years, for instance the honorary doctorate of the University of Dortmund and the Lichtenberg Medal of the Akademie der Wissenschaften in Göttingen. On 27 Februar he also was awarded with the honorary doctorate of the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. At the same institution he furthermore directed a very successful baroque project with students of the Early Music department.
By the way: the American conductor and scholar will perform in Europe several times this year. For instance on 7 June in Stockholm Early Music Festival with The Bach Ensemble and on 31 August in the final concert of Laus Polyphoniae Festival in Antwerp. There he will collaborate with Concerto Palatino for the first time, to bring on stage a rather spectacular project: Monteverdi's Vespers in a new form, following his recent research.
La Divina Armonia in Bruges
Mediterranean flair was brought to winterly Belgium by Italian group La Divina Armonia. In their concert on 1 February under direction of Lorenzo Ghielmi they played their programme Italianità together with Soprano Vera Milani in the great hall of Bruges Concertgebouw.
As well as works by Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Friedrich Handel, Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach La Divina Armonia presented the violin concerto in a minor by Bach's friend and pupil Prince Johann Ernst of Saksen-Weimar, who had made Bach acquainted with the Italian music in the first line, and whose concerto was edited by Lorenzo Ghielmi especially for this occasion.
One day later Lorenzo delved further into Southern atmosphere with an organ recital, in which he followed some bonds between North and South, too, in the organ repertoire from Baroque.
On the programme of his matinée in the Blindekenskapel in Bruges were Italian and German works by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Georg Böhm, Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Zipoli. A programme which seemed to be highly appreciated by Flemish Early Music friends, because it had to be repeated on the same day.
New CD by il Gardellino
Just in time for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's 300th birthday the newest CD by il Gardellino, dedicated to this composer, was released on the label Accent. Therefore the ensemble chose three Concerti by CPE Bach, which suit them very well: the concerto for flute D major (only rediscoverd a few years ago in the archives of the Berliner Singakademie), the concerto for violoncello a minor and the concerto for oboe in B major.
Soloist of the recording with the wonderfully inspired playing ensemble are Jan De Winne, Emmanuel Balssa and Marcel Ponseele, who perform their parts in a beautifully vibrant and intense way, but at the same time refreshingly natural and inartificial.
PHANTASM in Wigmore Hall
Was Bach's Art of Fugue actually written to be listened to - or was it meant as a scholarly treatise? And should this collection of 14 Contrapuncti be performed at all? Musicians, scholars and critics discuss this sort of questions since the first edition of this work by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Viol consort PHANTASM answered this questions with their performance of the Art of Fuge under direction of Laurence Dreyfus on 22 February in Wigmore hall London - one of the finest places to be for chamber musicians worldwide, where they are invited as ensemble in residence for season 2017/18 already.
Here the four musicians convinced their audience that this music, which seems to be so academically-dry on the first spot really is able to give intense pleasure to its listeners, if only it is performed in a adequate thrilling and stirring way
Here you may listen to one of the Contrapuncti played by PHANTASM.
Sabine Lutzenberger with Sehnsucht Mittelalter
It was not only a trait of Romantic literature, but also of Romantic music to adore culture, poetry and mode of life of the Middleages. In her new programme Sehnsucht Mittelalter soprano Sabine Lutzenberger follows the traces of Medieval music and poetry in Romantic Lied together with Christoph Hammer, fortepiano, and Helmut Balk, recitation.
On 16 and 17 February the trio played this programme in two concerts in Augsburg and Greifenberg, contrasting Lieder and poems of German minnesong with their counterparts in 19th century: a rather appealing combination, which spoiles the audience with beautiful cantilenes from more than 500 years - and reveals one or the other Romantic Lied in a totally different light!
L‘Art du Bois concert il Ballerino
To dance to the music making of L'Art du Bois? - No problem with the programme il Ballerino!
One time joyful and exhilaratedly, one time gorgeous and ceremonial sounded the historical dances and other pieces by composers as Diego Ortiz, Tromboncino, Arcadelt, Dalza, Willaert, Simpson, Dowland, Hume or Anthony Holborne, which the four young musicians of L‘Art du Bois presented on 8 February in the concert series Meisterkonzerte in Heidenheim. And it was quite difficult for the audience to stay seated during this wonderfully spirited concert...
PHANTASM in Vienna and Prague
With „Querköpfen“ ("awkward customer") British ensemble PHANTASM under direction of Laurence Dreyfus played its debut in Vienna Konzerthaus on 26 January in the similarly themed Early Music festival Resonanzen. A motto for which composers like William Lawes with his strange harmonics or Orlando Gibbons with his formal and tonal mutability are rather obvious choices.
So PHANTASM focussed their concert on some of William Lawes‘ Consorts to the organ which they performed alongside to works by John Jenkins, Thomas Tomkins and Orlando Gibbons - to the highest pleasure of their audience.
The concert was recorded by the Austrian Radio and was broadcast in March on ORF 1.
On 27 January PHANTASM performed the same programme in the monastery of St Agnes in Prague.
Sabine Lutzenberger in Canada and the US
Apart from Kiss of peace, the new Hildegard-CD of PER-SONAT, soprano Sabine Lutzenberger took part in another Hildegard production: end of 2013 she took part in the last part of Ensemble Sequentia's complete recording of Hildegard's works in Belgium.
From 22 Janaury till 1 February she then toured with the ensemble through the US and Canada, performing the programme Celestial Hierarchy under direction of Benjamin Bagby and together with PER-SONAT founder member Norbert Rodenkirchen in amongst other places Vancouver, Toronto, Ann Arbor, Philadelphia and Boston.
La Divina Armonia on tour in Japan
Also in Far East it's becoming frosty in December, but Italian ensemble La Divina Armonia warmed at least the hearts of their audience: together with soprano Vera Milani the musicians started a 12-day-tour through winterly Japan on 10th December.
The ensemble performed under direction of Lorenzo Ghielmi in Tokyo, Nagova and Fukui amongst other places, with music of Handel, Vivaldi, Sammartini and Galuppi.
As for Lorenzo Ghielmi, the tour wasn't ended after this concerts, but he also visited Kofu and Gifu where he played some organ concertos and gave masterclasses for Japanese students on the organ.
PHANTASM: home game in Oxford
Romantic candlelight and some highly virtuosic music: PHANTASM under direction of Laurence Dreyfus started the Advent season on 2nd December with their new programme 'Moving Meditations' in the chapel of Magdalen College Oxford where they are consort-in-residence.
There the viol consort played musically and rhythmically rather elaborated works of English, French and Italian composers like Christopher Tye, Claude Le Jeune, Tarquinio Merula and Etienne Moulinié for 5 Gamben; alltogether pieces, which are performed quite seldomly - doubtlessly also because of their enormous technical demands.
David Munderloh in Latvia
Musicians work, when other people go on holiday. And especially the month of December is a quite busy time for our singers, for instance for David Munderloh.
Bach's Christmas Oratorio is one of the pieces which is very much requested by concert promoters over all the world during Advent and Christmas time, and the American-Swiss tenor not only performed this work at different places in Switzerland and in France, but on 28th and 29th December also in Latvian Riga, together with the Choir of the Latvian Radio and the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga.
Here you may find David with a live recording of an aria from the Christmas Oratorio.
Margot Oitzinger: on new CD in star role
The role really suits her perfectly: on this recently released CD of Wolfang Amadeus Mozart's Azione sacra Betulia liberataMargot Oitzinger gives an absolutely great performance of the Giuditta! With her warm, seamless and wonderfully focused Alto voice she's loaning high dignity and at the same time enormous emotianal intensity to this role in the new recording of the piece by the brilliantly playing L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra under direction of Michi Gaigg.
So this CD is a real pleasure to listen, because Michi Gaigg had a lucky hand in the choice of all the singers and knows to treat this piece of 15-year-old Mozart with a nice balance between thrilling dramatic and natural simplicity, making it a real joy to listen to.
Here you may find some live impression of a performance, which preceded the recording.
CD release concert Hildegard von Bingen
Kiss of Peace is the title of the youngest CD of Ensemble Per-Sonat with Sabine Lutzenberger, soprano and bells, and Baptiste Romain, medieval vielles and bowed lyre, which was recorded in the Benedictine monastery of St. Stephan in Augsburg.
At this place the two musicians now also presented the newly released recording in a concert on November 3rd to their audience.
Listen here to an excerpt of this beautiful music!
Lorenzo Ghielmi: gold in Paris
The Diapason d‘Or de l‘année is one of the best-respected distinctions in the world of classical music, which is awarded to musicians for the best CD's of a whole year. The jury is composed of reviewers of the leading French music-magazine Diapason and of the broadcast station France Musique. Lorenzo Ghielmi was distincted with this award on November 28th in Paris for the CD Handel organ concerti Volume II which he recorded with his ensemble La Divina Armonia.
The presentation was broadcast live in Radio France. Listen here to a recording of this programme in the archives of Radio France.
Under this link you may find some impression of the CD.
Per-Sonat: new CD Hildegard von Bingen
Kiss of Peace is the title of the youngest CD of ensemble Per-Sonat.
Sabine Lutzenberger, soprano and bells, and Baptiste Romain, Medieval fiddles and bowed lyre, recorded songs from the Dendermonde manuscript of Hildegard von Bingen, the great saint, musician and healer of the Middleages. For this the musicians played from reproductions of the original neume-notation, in which a lot of interpretatorical details become obvious, which would be unrepresentable in modern editions - but are quite important for an authentic performance.
And the CD is really beautiful: at the same time meditative and full of life, devoutly and inebriant, it shows Hildegard's music in profound intensity and offers not only an acoustic feast of Middleages to the expert, but also a delightful bath of sound to the amateur-listener.
Here you may gain an impression of the qualities of this CD!
New at Sonus: Laurence Dreyfus and PHANTASM
PHANTASM - that's a dream in regard to sound, musical tension, purity of intonation and striking vividness - a true enjoyment of listening in concerts and on CDs. We're pleased to represent this consort of viols and his leader, the well-known viol player, musicologist and professor at Oxford Laurence Dreyfus internationally henceforth!
The ensemble, that during the nearly 20 years of its existence performed on almost all the famous festivals and stages in Europe, the US and Asia and whose CDs were awarded with numerous lauds and prices, is not only engaged with the classical consort-music of Renaissance and early Baroque - with an emphasize on the English repertoire - but shines also with works of Bach and even Mozart.
Welcome to Sonus!
Don't hesitate to contact us about programmes and concerts of the ensemble - and experience here, how immensely intoxicating and spirited a gamba-consort is able to play!
David Munderloh became Swiss!
After having spent 13 years living in Switzerland, David Munderloh and his family received their Swiss citizenship in October, complete with the red Swiss passport.
At the same time we want to announce several new videos of the tenor on YouTube – like
this one, presenting an excerpt of a solo-recital with songs of John Dowland, given by David Munderloh in August at the Tage Alter Musik Basel.
The recital garnered praise from the critics: „The songs are of strong, inner intensity. Munderloh shows the fine art of a flexible vocal technique, which although never forced procures deep emotional expression.“
The musicians of the group under direction of Peter Pontvik are devoted to Latin-American music of Renaissance and Baroque, and performed this sort of repertoire from 22nd October until 1st November more or less at the original places: Ensemble Villancico was on tour in the framework of the Festival International Cervantino in Mexico.
There they played at places like Mérida, Yucatán, Guanajuato and several other cities. In every case with quite comfortable temperatures!
Hana Blažíková: new solo-CD
Longingly awaited by many of her fans now it is released: Hana Blažíková's new solo-CD.
Together with the exquisitely differentiated playing three musicians of Ensemble CordArte the young Czech soprano recorded for this CD unknown German cantatas of the Baroque, by composers like Johann Schop, Johann Philipp Fortsch, Samuel Ebart, Dieterich Buxtehude and others.
Two instrumental works complete the programme into a really felicitous recording.
And apart from the real treasures, the listeners will discover amongst these unknown works, Hana Blažíková presents herself in her best form. Not only is her wonderful clear and bright voice per se absolutely fascinating, but she also succeeds in transforming text and ideas of this compositions into sound in a technically and musically perfect way.
The CD, which was released on PanClassics, is available since begin of October
Fede e Amor, Alex Potter's latest CD is a compilation of Baroque music from the court of the Habsburg Emperors.
Here we find works of Fux, Caldara, Conti and others - most of which are world premiere recordings. This exciting repertoire is realised in a quite exceptional manner with the beautiful voice of the countertenor Alex Potter, supported by the two virtuoso trombones of Simen Van Mechelen and Catherine Motuz and the skillful playing of Ensemble La Fontaine.
Alex expresses phrases with meaning and sings with impeccable intonation. In this CD we experience the young English singer with his beautiful round and floating voice demonstrating anew how thoroughly he reflects on every note before singing, creating something which is both beautiful and deeply moving. In short: fascinating repertoire delightfully performed.
Admittedly we've come to expect from the CD's of Lorenzo Ghielmi and his ensemble La Divina Armonia to be decorated with prizes, in the meantime.
But the youngest release of the Ensemble, Handel organ concerti volume II, received a special honour: not only the Diapason d‘Or, which is a monthly award of the French journal Diapason, and which the ensembles got already for their first Handel-CD, but this time it is additionally the Diapason d‘Or de l‘année - a distinction which honours the best CDs of a whole year, granted by a jury of reviewers of Diapason and France Musique.
On 28th November Lorenzo Ghielmi will accept this award in Paris, and for this occasion, which will be broadcasted live by Radio France, he'll come up with the next attraction by playing a movement from a so far unknown suite of Georg Frederic Handel, which was buried in a private Italian Archive for centuries and only recently rediscovered.
The complete four solo cantatas for bass in historically informed practice on one CD: that actually is a novum, even on the mostly grazed field of Bach-recordings. Il Gardellino recorded together with the bass Dominik Wörner not only the three sacred cantatas BWV 82, BWV 158 and BWV 56, but also the secular one, Amore traditore, BWV 203.
From this resulted a CD, which inspires not only with its technically mastership, the deliciously and poetically played soli, but also with its refreshing naturalness: no put on vain effects, no speed records, no exaggerations. Here Bach really sounds like Bach - not like Baroque-pop or high-performance sports.
And Dominik Wörner succeeded with his colourful voice, which he controls perfectly, to feel the texts of the cantatas so detailed, that even a non-German listener should have little difficulties to understand the content.
A great recording, of which you may get an impression here.
Per-Sonat and La Reverdie went Romanic
Even two ensembles for Medieval music, represented by Sonus, were invited for this year's edition of the renowned festival Voix et Route Romane in Alsace, specialised in music of the Middleages, which had chosen for the motto "gardens" this time.
On 7th September Per-Sonat under direction of Sabine Lutzenberger played its fascinating programme around the Roman de la Rose in the church of Saint-Arbogast in Surbourg.
On 14th September ensemble laReverdie caused the church Saint-Léger in Guebwiller with the wonderful pieces of The twelve gardens of St. Catherine of Bologna to reverberate.
Ensemble Villancico performs in Vilnius
Latin-American flair in chilly Lithuania: on 28th September our wonderful Swedish Ensemble Villancico under direction of its leader Peter Pontvik made this possible.
Together with the Lithuanian Brevis Choir & Consort the ensemble brought in the Festival Banchetto Musicale in Vilnius music from the South of the American continent to Nothern Europe - combined with the corresponding feeling...
Concerto Palatino at the Tage Alter Musik Basel
Polychorality alla Milanese and alla Veneziana: that reminds spontaneously of a visit in an Italian restaurant, but brought even more sensual pleasure - also of the esthetic sort - to the visitors of a performance of Concerto Palatino under the direction of Bruce Dickey on 23rd August in the opening concert of the Tage Alter Musik in Basel, Switzerland.
With gorgeous works of the Venetian polychorality and not less splendorous pieces of the Milanese canzon-motet tradition the ensemble fascinated its audience in the church of St. Martin with „opulent standards of interpretation“, as a review of the concert was entitled.
Joshua Rifkin and The Bach Ensemble in Arnstadt
It's already something like a home-match, when Joshua Rifkin and the musicians of the Bach Ensemble arrive in Thuringian Arnstadt every year at begin of August, to rehearse, communicate and perform there in the Bach:Sommer.
This year it was from 8th to 11th August, when the musicians played in Arnstadt and Wandersleben for the fourth time. On the programme there stood diverse concerts, but also a listening-workshop for children, public rehearsals and a talk-event with Joshua Rifkin - and of course the great summer feast, where musicians and visitors took the opportunity to casual conversation.
In the concerts the Bach Ensemble presented in the first line music of Johann Sebastian Bach, but also several motets from the collection Florilegium Portense.
Joshua Rifkin and his Bach Ensemble are also invited for the Bach:Sommer 2014 already, which will take place from 7th to 10th August.
Ordo Virtutum in Utrecht
In its debut-concert at the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht Ensemble Ordo Virtutum under direction of Stefan Johannes Morent presented on 25th August music of Hermanus Contractus, a monk and composer, who lived in the monastery of Reichenau in 11th century. Hermanus Contractus, a physically heavily handicapped universal genius, was called "the miracle of the century" by his contemporaries, and his works were praised as well because of their mastership, as of their extraordinary sweetness.
Here you may have a look on the youtube-trailer of the CD with the music of Hermanus, which was released in June on the label Raumklang.
Lorenzo Ghielmi on tour
It was an intens month for Lorenzo Ghielmi: after an organ-recital in Milan on 3rd August he played a concert in the Festival de Valloire (France) together with Jan De Winne (traverso), before performing on the historical organ of Corsanico/Lucca.
On 17th August there was a concert at the Mainzer Orgelsommer and afterwards he traveled to Lithuania to direct a one week's masterclass for organists.
And also September started quite busy for Lorenzo Ghielmi: Together with our Flemish ensemble il Gardellino he recorded several Cantatas of Bach with obligato organ part. The CD will be released next year on the Early Music label Passacaille.
B'Rock and René Jacobs in Beaune and Bruges
With Handel's Orlando our Flemish baroque orchestra B'Rock under direction of René Jacobs got enthusiastic reactions from audience and reviewers already in 2012, when they presented it in a scenic production at the opera La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels.
The same opera was performed now on 29th July at the Festival de Beaune in France in a concert version, and on 2nd August the production glamorously opened the 50th edition of the MAfestival in Bruges, with singers like Bejun Mehta, Sophie Karthäuser or Konstantin Wolff.
Listen here to a live-impression from the concert in the Concertgebouw Bruges!
The successful collaboration between B'Rock and René Jacobs also will be pursued in 2014 with different projects. Don't hesitate to contact us for further information!
Early Music academy Kloster Michaelstein
Another time singers and instrumentalists, spezialised in Early Music or willing to get a taste of the genre, are given the opportunity of doing so in Kloster Michaelstein in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. From 22nd to 27th July there will take place the annual summer academy Early Music with tutors like Margot Oitzinger and Peter Kooij, Xenia Löffler of the Amphion Bläseroktett and other musicians focussed on historically informed practice.
Invited are professional musicians as well as students and ambitious amateurs.
The Early Music courses in Urbino belong to the most dignified adresses for historically informed practice in Italy since more than four decades. And it is a tradition already, that also several musicians of our agency rank among the lecturers.
This year the courses last from 19th to 28th July and amongst the tutors there are Claudia and Livia Caffagni from laReverdie, working on repertoire of the Middleages, as well as Bruce Dickey, cornet, and Charles Toet, trombone, of Concerto Palatino.
Lorenzo Ghielmi in Granada and London
Lorenzo Ghielmi performed an organ concert with works of Italian composers on 4th July in the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza in Granada, Spain.
In the church Santos Justo y Pastor he enthused his listeners with music of nearly forgotten masters of the Italian Baroque like Bernardo Storace, Domenico Zippoli or Giovanni Andrea Fioroni; but also Girolamo Frescobaldi was honoured.
The concert was broadcast live by radio RNE-Radio Clásica.
From 11th to 20th July Lorenzo Ghielmi joins the jury of the competitions in the context of the St. Albans International Organ Festival, which celebrates its 50th jubilee this year. Here he also was the soloist of a concert under direction of Rachel Podger on 16th July.
il Gardellino in Santiago de Compostela
In the Festival Via Stellae in the Spanish place of pilgrimage Santiago de Compostela our Flemish ensemble il Gardellino was invited to play a concert on 6th July.
In the Igrexa da Compañía Jan De Winne (traverso), François Fernandez (violin), Vittorio (viola da gamba) and Lorenzo Ghielmi (fortepiano) interpreted Bach's Musical Offering in their characteristically poetic and meaningful way.
Incidentally: this piece will be published before long by the Early Music label Passacaille with il Gardellino on CD.
A gorgeous framework for a wonderful concert of Per-Sonat with Sabine Lutzenberger, voice and bells, and Baptiste Romain, fiddles, offered the luxuriously decorated 16th-century church of the Monasterio de San Jerónimo in Granada, Spain.
Invited by the Goethe-Institute Madrid Per-Sonat presented to the audience of the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada in the sold out church on 22nd July music of Hildegard von Bingen.
In September eventually the eagerly awaited CD of the ensemble Kiss of Peace - songs from the Dendermonde-Manuscript will be published.
On 29th June the French tv-programme Arte broadcasted live a concert in the Chapelle Royale of the Chateau de Versailles with Les Concert des Nations under direction of Jordi Savall with works by Lully, Handel, Vivaldi and Bach.
Tenor soloist was David Munderloh, who - thanks to his versatile and richely coloured, beautifully focussed voice - perfectly knew to adapt his sound to the diverse stylistic requirements of the different repertoires.
You can listen to some excerpts of the concert on Youtube now.
New CD with Linda Nicholson
Rare repertoire, masterly interpretation: three of the Grandes Sonates pour Piano et Flûte of Friedrich Daniel Rudolph Kuhlau (1786-1832) can be found on a new CD, which Linda Nicholson recorded together with the flutist Charles Zebley for the label fra bernardo.
The works, written in the late 1820s and demanding highly virtuosic skills from both musicians, are performed here on authentical instruments of the time, of course. So Linda Nicholson plays an original fortepiano by Conrad Graf from about 1828 and Charles Zebley uses a copy of a traverso by Wilhelm Liebel from the early 19th century. Two of the Sonatas are world premiere recordings on historical instruments.
L'Art du Bois with Artikulator at the Bachfest Leipzig
The piece nearly is a classic amongst the concerts for children in the field of Early Music already: the Artikulator, a scenic play which raises gales of laughter from young and old, transfers at the same time a quite important matter: music is able to express things without words, which couldn't even be thought verbally.
Written by Agnes Dorwarth especially for L'Art du Bois the Artikulator was given on 15th June in the Bachfest Leipzig, with the collaboration of the author and composer herself.
Here it was interesting to observe, that beneath the families in the audience there also sat many elderly visitors without children - who were, as we experienced, belonging to the fan community, the ensemble had attraced with its concert in the Bachfest 2012. And they had lots of fun, too...
CD Alex Potter with Concerto Copenhagen
This interpretation of Bach's Mass in b minor probably will make a name of itself - because there aren't many ensembles in the field of Early Music, convincing with such a special and characteristic manner of playing and phrasing, as Concerto Copenhagen with Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
After a highly praised tour with this opus summum the ensemble also recorded it recently - with only ten singers: five soloist, five ripieni.
The Alto solo-part is sung by countertenor Alex Potter, who shows - within all the vitality and freshness of the recording - highly ethereous fineness in it. An Agnus Dei to fall on your knees for!
Look forward to the publication of the CD in spring 2014!
Ensemble Villancico at Stockholm Early Music Festival
South American music in the far North as a home game - this quadrature of the circle succeeded to manage Ensemble Villancico in the closing concert of the Stockholm Early Music Festival, the most important Early Music-event of the Northern countries, on 9th June in the German Church in Stockholm.
All the pieces performed came from Ecuador, from a manuscript which probably was written in the 1680s, and which Peter Pontvik, leader of the ensemble, had detected in a convent in Ibarra some years ago and edited for Villancico.
The evening in Stockholm furthermore was opened by an Ecuadorian ensemble with traditional instruments of the Andes.
In November this programme of Villancico will be published on a CD.
Listen here already to a piece of this colourful and intoxicating repertoire!
Per-Sonat and il Gardellino in Regensburg
The festival Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg belongs under the most important Early Music events in Europe and thus we were very happy to present several ensembles there this year.
On Saturday 18th May il Gardellino performed in the Neuhaussaal in large formation a programme around Johann Friedrich Fasch under the direction of Ryo Terakado, violin: splendour of the Baroque with trumpets and timpani!
The Bayerische Rundfunk recorded the concert and will broadcast it before long on BR Klassik.
On Monday 20th May ensemble Per-Sonat under direction of Sabine Lutzenberger presented pieces from the Augsburger Liederbuch. The seven musicians sung and played vocal and instrumental music from this most precious manuscript of the Fugger-town, of composers as Heinrich Isaac, Josquin Desprez, Jacob Obrecht and Paul Hofhaimer. Listen here what they did exactly!
Furthermore Per-Sonat was invited to perform at the opening of the festival on 18th May in the Historische Salzstadel - here with several works of the French repertoire of the Middleages.
In the opening-concert of the festival bass Joel Frederiksen sang the Requiem of Mozart with the Regensburger Domspatzen and Concerto Köln.
On 21st May the Tage Alter Musik eventually went into overtime with Ryo Terakado: in a masterclass with this violinist at the Hochschule für Katholische Kirchenmusik the students got the opportunity to work on their impressions of the festival in a practical way and under competent instruction.
Joshua Rifkin decorated with Lichtenberg medal
The Lichtenberg medal, the most important award of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen this year was granted to Professor Joshua Rifkin, conductor, musicologist, harpsichordist and pianist, as well as director of the famous Bach Ensemble.
The price is given every year to an outstanding and reputated researcher, and Joshua Rifkin is the first musician receiving it - what means an extra-honour in itself.
On 24th May the medal was awarded in a public conference at the University of Göttingen, by Stefan Tangermann, president of the Academy.
The Laudatio was held by musicologist Martin Staehelin; but also Joshua Rifkin himself addressed to the audience with a speech about „Bachs choir: between personal and paradigmatic history“
Please don't hesitate to contact us for interview-requests or further information!
L'Art du Bois and King Salomo in Göttingen
After the grandiose success of the Articulator, their programme for children and youngsters, ensemble L'Art du Bois this year was invited by the Händel-Festspiele Göttingen to develop a new programme for the young generation: In Herr Block and Fräulein Flöte in the garden of King Salomon the young musicians and the young audience start for an adventurous travel in a mystic tympanum - with many surprises and a lot of music, in which also the audience is involved.
The concept of the concert: detect music with all your senses - and through making it oneself!
On 18th May this programme experienced its premiere in the context of the Händel-Festspiele Göttingen.
Gold for La Divina Armonia
And another Diapason d'or for La Divina Armonia under direction of Lorenzo Ghielmi: Also the second CD with organ concerti by Georg Friedrich Händel of the ensemble was awarded with this treasured distinction of the French music magazine Diapason.
And really one doesn't listen very often to these attractive works in such a fresh and light, but at the same time very intense and energetic way, as they're performed on this CD. Moreover the organ part is played by Lorenzo Ghielmi absolutely immaculate in musical and technical respects, as well as unbelievable cantabile, also in the improvised passages of the works.
By the way: in May 2014 the ensemble will tour with this and other organ concerti through Germany and Italy. We would be happy to provide you with informations about possible concerts within the series.
Here you may get a little impression of the CD. According to the season with cuckoo and nightingale...
It's already more than 25 years, that the group is performing their lively and always perfectly informed interpretations of music of the Middleages on the stages in Europe and beyond, and we're very happy to represent laReverdie henceforth in Germany.
Originally founded by two pairs of sisters in Northern Italy, in the meanwhile the ensemble also works together with several other musicians - depending on the repertoire -, amongst others with cornettist Doron David Sherwin, well-known from Concerto Palatino. The musicians are engaged with music from the Middleages up to early Renaissance, for instance with anonymous masters of 10th century, Hildegard von Bingen, Walther von der Vogelweide or Jacob Obrecht, Johannes Ciconia, Guillaume Dufay and Heinrich Isaac.
Intoxicating interpretations and a lot of applause for il Gardellino and their concert with music of Johann Friedrich Fasch from the Zerbster Conzert-Stube in the closing concert of the International Fasch-Tage in Zerbst on 21st of April.
On the programme there were several Concerti for various instruments, amongst others the world premiere of an only recently found and edited concerto for hobo and orchestra, with Marcel Ponseele as soloist on the hobo.
New CD with Sabine Lutzenberger and Joel Frederiksen
Oswald von Wolkenstein - reflections: that's the title of a new CD, wich Sabine Lutzenberger and Joel Frederiksen recorded together with tenor and saxophonist Bernd Oliver Fröhlich for the label harmonia mundi and which was published recently.
In this the three musicians started a very individual debate with the singer-poet of the Middleages, in which the joy in alterating, arranging, playing with the work of Oswald is more important than a pure historically informed performance of his songs. In this they wanted to deal with the special creativity of Oswald in their own music-making.
The result is a fascinating portrait, which creates by fading in and out the elements of historically informed practice, by intuitive and spontanous ideas of the musicians a totally new approach to Oswald's songs.
It’s not only the beginning of spring and the 328th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, we celebrate on March 21st, but this year for the first time also another feast: the European Day of Early Music.
This special day is the result of an initiative of the REMA/EEMN (European Early Music Network) and its president Peter Pontvik, conductor and leader of Ensemble Villancico. The intention of this day is to increase awareness of the music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque and bring it to the attention of a wider audience throughout Europe - promoting the musical heritage of Europe.
Under the patronage of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, member of the European Commission,diverse concerts and other events took place across Europe. The REMA/EEMN offered the option to follow many of these events on live streaming, starting from their website.
Of course there were several Sonus-musicians active in these concerts and broadcasts. For instance Hana Blazikova and Peter Kooij in a St. Matthew passion with Collegium Vocale Gent under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe in the Concertgebouw Bruges, already on March 20th.
All over Europe friends of Early Music could follow a concert of Concerto Palatino, which was recorded by the Bayerische Rundfunk - Studio Franken in January, and now broadcast on 21st March at 6:05 pm by all stations of the European Broadcast Union.
In Bingen am Rhein, at the authentic domain of Hildegard von Bingen, ensemble Ordo Virtutum under the direction of Stefan Morent presented, together with Ars Choralis Köln and Maria Jonas at 8 pm music of the Great Mystic, as well as of Hermanus Contractus. The concert was recorded by radio.
Click here to listen to interesting information by Peter Pontvik and other wellknown personalities from the world of Early Music on the European Day of Early Music.
B‘Rock starts Mozart Project
To perform all symphonies and several other works by Mozart, that's the noble goal of B‘Rock´s The Mozart Project, which will be divided over several years. Of course as authentically as possible, and without doubt in the intense and intoxicating manner, which we’re used to enjoying in B’Rock’s concerts.
Entiteld The Mozart Project 1 this production started on 14th, 15th and 16th March with three concerts in Hasselt, Antwerp and Bruges. On the programme: Mozarts 1st and 16th symphony and his Jeunehomme-pianoconcerto, as well as a symphony of Joseph Haydn.
The programme was directed by concert master Rodolfo Richter; Alexander Melnikov played the fortepiano.
Gerlinde Sämann performs with RIAS and Dresdner Kreuzchor
The Requiem of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, as well as several Cantatas of Dieterich Buxtehude were performed in a concert of the RIAS-chamberchoir and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann on March 1st, in which Gerlinde Sämann sang the solo soprano.
The concert was broadcast live by Deutschlandradio Kultur from the Große Saal of the Konzerthaus Berlin.
On 9th March Gerlinde presented herself in the famous Kreuzkirche in Dresden: with the Dresdner Kreuzchor under Roderich Kreile, she sang the St. John Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach.
La Divina Armonia in Milan, Salzburg and Hall in Tirol
In the Basilica San Simpliciano in Milan ensemble La Divina Armonia under Lorenzo Ghielmi played a concert for the Passiontide on 16th March at 9 pm, performing music of Bach, Biber, Merula and Sancez.
Dieterich Buxtehude's impressive cycle Membra Jesu Nostri and several cantatas by the same composer are on the programme of two concerts in Austria, in which the tenor part is sung by David Munderloh:
On Saturday, 23rd March, the ensemble gave a concert of these works in the Große Aula of the University of Salzburg, invited by the Salzburger Bachgesellschaft at 7:30 pm.
On Palm Sunday, 24th March thy performed the same programme at the Osterfestival Hall in Tirol in the Salzlager at 8:15 pm.
Good Friday in Japan
Once again baritone Dominik Wörner has been invited to perform with the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki in the traditional Good Friday-concerts on 29th and 30th March in Tokyo and Saitama. These concerts rank under the most important musical events in Japan every year.
On the programme this time: Bach’s St. John Passion in the version of 1749.
Hiro Kurosaki: St. John Passion in Madrid
Also in Madrid a Sonus-musician is involved in a leading position for a perfomance of the St. John Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach: the Capilla Real de Madrid starts a Bach-cycle with two concerts of this passion on Palm Sunday-weekend, 23th and 24th March.
As concert master in this performances, which are deep-seated in the cultural life of Madrid, Hiro Kurosaki will lead the orchestra.
New CD of Amphion!
During his lifetime Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (1757-1831) belonged to the most famous and popular composers of his time. But in the course of the 19th century, his wide and diversified oeuvre was partly forgotten, while nowadays he’s reknowned primarily for the pianos, he built.
The Amphion Wind Octet now devotes on its youngest CD to his music for winds, released in February for the label Accent. The three Partitas and the Sextet c minor, which are recorded here, show really stirring, virtuosic, and also deeply impressive music, which in addition is performed in the perfect manner, which we expect from the nine musicians of Amphion.
First reviews are quite enthousiastic, for instance the SWR proclaimed: "As always the ensemble performs on historical instruments, enormously accurate, perfect in intonation and style. Furthermore there’s a brillant and nethertheless warm sound, with a range of coulours and dynamics, which one might seek on modern instruments often in vain".
Here you may listen to a subtly and perfectly played Eccosoise from the CD.
New CD with David Munderloh
Also William Hayes (1708-1777) belongs to the many composers, which were well-known and popular in their time, but are nearly forgotten today - though Hayes, then living and teaching in Oxford, left an enormous oeuvre, especially for voices.
Included in these works there's also the ode Orpheus & Euridice from 1735, as well as the Six Cantatas set to Musick, which were published in 1748 in London. Both works now were rediscovered and recorded on this CD by British lutenist and ensemble leader Anthony Rooley.
On this recording, released by the label Glossa, one can hear tenor David Munderloh along with The SCB Hayes Players, Evelyn Tubb, Ulrike Hofbauer, Daniel Cabena and others.
Listen here to one of David's solo arias on the CD.
Dowland and Schubert with Emma Kirkby and Joel Frederiksen
Masters of Song: this was the title of a concert on 21st January at 8 pm, in which Dame Emma Kirkby and Joel Frederiksen put together songs of John Dowland and Franz Schubert. And this combination of Renaissance and Romantic, of high soprano and profound bass, worked very well, as a review from the Süddeutsche Zeitung emphasised: "When the bright, still finely yarned, ageless soprano of the Grand Dame of Early Music meets the profound bass of Joel Frederiksen, then this has a very special effect".
A part of the concert series of Joel Frederiksen in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, the two singers were accompanied by Michal Gondko on lute and romantic guitar, and Domen Marincic on viola da gamba and cello.
B’Rock: debut in Estonia
With two concerts in Tallin and Tartu baroque orchestra B‘Rock acquired an enthousiastic fan base in Estonia.
They performed a programme called 8 seasons with Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni and John Cage’s String Quartet in four Parts (arranged for baroque orchestra by Frank Agsteribbe). This technical enormously demanding programme is also available on CD.
Furthermore there were concerts in Brussels, Lille, Potsdam and Rotterdam with the same music.
Here you can get a little impression of this programme.
Baroque Academy with Peter Kooij
Works of Campra, Boismoitier, Bach, Telemann and other Baroque composers were the subject of a masterclass on interpretation with baritone Peter Kooij, Anne-Catherine Bucher and Stephan Schultz of Le Concert Lorraine from Mebruary 27th until March 3rd.
In Metz, France, students and young professionals worked for five days on German and French cantatas of the Baroque, focussing primarily on aspects such as period style ornamentation, articulation and rhetoric.
In a closing concert in the Arsenal in Metz they presented the results of their work to the public.
Echoes from Saint Mark’s in Nuremberg
Some echoes of the music which may have been performed in Saint Mark’s in Venice around 1600, friends of Early Music did enjoy in a concert of Concerto Palatino on 23rd January in the Aufseß-Saal of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.
Invited by the museum and the Bayerische Rundfunk - Studio Franken the ensemble played a pure instrumental programme with gorgeous and beaming virtuous music of composers like Gabrieli, Trombetti, Grillo or Palestrina.
Following the concert members of the group held a three-days-workshop for cornettists and trombonists at the Musikhochschule Nuremberg.
The concert was recorded by the Bayerischer Rundfunk and is broadcast on 21st March at 6:05 pm as contribution of this radio station to the European Day of Early Music - joined by all member-stations of the European Broadcast Union!
New Bach-CD of il Gardellino and Dominik Wörner recorded
After their first successful collaboration in October 2012 with several concerts and a CD-production Dominik Wörner and il Gardellino now continued their work together: they recorded all the solo cantatas for bass of Johann Sebastian Bach - thus BWV 56, 82, 158 and 203 - and performed them in two concerts on 19th and 20th January in Kirchheim and Ditzingen in Germany.
Both productions will be released at the Belgian Early-Music-label Passacaille, probably in summer 2013.
Lorenzo Ghielmi on Deutschlandfunk
On 27th January at 9:05 pm you may listen to a concert of Lorenzo Ghielmi on Deutschlandfunk.
It is a recording of a concert within the Musikfest Bremen, which took place on 6th September 2012 in North-German Cappel, where Lorenzo performed works of Georg Böhm, Nicolaus Bruhns and Johann Sebastian Bach at the Arp-Schnitger-organ of the church St. Peter and Paul, which was built by the famous organ-builder in 1679/80, and is classified as the best conserved organ of Schnitger.
And you’ll recognise in the recording, that Lorenzo enjoyed this fantastic instrument very much...
Masterclass polyphony with maestro Van Nevel
Polyphony 1200-1600 - sources, notation and interpretation: people interested in this sort of music hark!
Paul Van Nevel invites every weekend from 12th/13th January until 9th/10th February for a masterclass on this topics into the bibliothec of his house in Brussels.
The event is free for musicians, melomanes, musicologists and interested amateurs.
Don‘t hesitate to contact us for further information!
New CD for friends of the cornet
In fact is is an organ-CD, which Liuwe Tamminga, organist of Concerto Palatino published with the Flemish label Passacaille. But in several of the pieces he‘s joined by two other musicians: Bruce Dickey and Doron David Sherwin, the two cornettists of Concerto Palatino - and two of world‘s top-virtuosos on this instrument. This they‘re giving proof of also on this CD. Thus the recording is either attractive for friends of the cornet.
In this recording you'll enjoy canzoni, ricercari, motets and toccatti of Giovanni Gabrieli, performed at the magnificent organs of the church San Petronio in Bologna, native city of the historical Concerto Palatino.
Here you may listen to a short impression of the cornetto-delight on the CD.
Peter Pontvik on the Bavarian broadcast BR-Klassik
On 15 december at 11:05 o‘clock the distribution Meine Musik introduces the Swedish researcher, musician and early-music-lobbyist Peter Pontvik, director of Ensemble Villancico.
Dr. Ursula Adamski-Störmer, chief of the classical programme BR-Klassik in Nürnberg, discusses with Peter about his career, his musical preferences and persuasions - exotic impressions and surprises guaranteed!
And even if you don‘t live within the transmission area of the Bayerische Rundfunk you can listen to this distribution on the webpage of the BR.
Joshua Rifkin, American musician, musicologist and researcher is staying at the Huis van de Polyfonie in Leuven, Belgium, at the moment.
This house, founded and financed by the Belgian Alamire-Foundation together with the Catholic University of Leuven, is a sort of mixture between research-lab, rehearsal- and concertvenue, where musicians, musicologists and people of other disciplines get the possibility to meet, discuss, try out or whatever they need to do, to develope new projects or research for new programmes.
From time to time the organisation also invites prominent personalities of early music for residences at this wonderful building, situated in the Abdij van het Park, to give new incentive to the Flemish and international world of polyphony.
In this context Joshua Rifkin is staying in Leuven now for three months, researching, rehearsing - and enjoying Flemish atmosphere.
Christmas concert in Kloster Michaelstein
Unknown and quite Christmassy repertoire sounded at a concert on december 8 in the music-academy of Kloster Michaelstein, in which our singers Hana Blažíkova, soprano, Margot Oitzinger, alto, and Peter Kooij, bass, sung the solo-parts.
Under the direction of Ludger Rémy they performed the Christmasoratorio 1748 of Georg Gebel, freshly edited in Michaelstein, as well as a cantata of Johann Philipp Käfer.