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November 2016

New at Sonus: Le Miroir de MusiquePicture Le Miroir de Musique

Le Miroir de Musique, directed by Baptiste Romain: that's Middleages to feel with. When these musicians, specialised in medieval and early Renaissance music devoted themselves to a certain topic or composer they always do this with both, their heart and their head. Thus one can enjoy profound research and new, authentical insights in repertoire which often was forgotten for hundreds of years, but on the other hand experience truly enthusing and thrilling performances; of which the success of the young ensemble's three CDs gives proof as well.

Baptiste Romain of course is well-known to most friends of medieval music already as one of the world's best players on fiddle, Renaissance violin and bagpipes, also in various other ensembles, which use to invite him regularly for concerts and recordings. But in Le Miroir de Musique he now realises his own ideas and projects - be it a programme around the invention of courtly love, one around the birth and childhood of the violin in the Renaissance, or one around lay brotherhoods as harbingers of the Reformation.

Listen here to Filippo de Lurano's Salve, Sacrata.

And of course you can get to know Le Miroir de Musique on our YouTube channel as well!

Breathtaking on tour in USA and Canada picture Breathtaking-CD

The programme is widely travelled in the meanwhile - and from 28 October till 13 November soprano Hana Blažíková and cornetto virtuoso Bruce Dickey were on tour through the US and Canada with Breathtaking, which recently also was released as CD. They played amongst other places in Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, San Diego and New York City. And - no wonder - also the audiences of the New World were absolutely excited about the concert!

The next opportunities to experience Breathtaking live will be in spring 2017, when the musicians will tour the Netherlands between 14 and 19 March. Concerts will take place in Almere, Utrecht, Leeuwarden, Deventer, Maastricht and Bloemendaal.
You can find more information (and even buy tickets) here, on the website of the Organisatie Oude Muziek.

Enjoy a duet between cornetto and soprano from Alessandro Scarlatti's opera Rosinda ed Emireno:

David Munderloh records new solo-CDpicture David Munderloh

After David Munderloh's first solo-recording with songs by John Dowland - which was highly acclaimed because of his wonderfully expressive interpretation of the texts and the deliberate naturalness of his voice - the tenor just recorded another CD, and the first cut makes us looking forward with joyful anticipation: David approaches also this new repertoire in an exceedingly lyrical and poetical way, plays with finest vocal means of expression, congenially accompanied by Julian Behr, lute, and Silvia Tecardi, viol.

This time David dedicated himself to works by Henry Lawes (1595-1662), one of only two musicians, Charles I of England, patron of the arts, would give the honour of placing his hands upon their shoulder while they sang and played; the other one was John Wilson. Lawes's emotionally hugely impressing and multilayered works, entitled by himself simply as songs, are nearly unknown today, let alone released on CD - which at least partly is doubtless because there is no realized tablature for the lute, just a simple bass line where the innovation and invention is left to the player. And this is a demand which not so many musicians are able to fulfill.
But also Lawes's collegue John Wilson is honoured on this recording, with some of his lute-preludes, which in their unique melodic and harmonic language produce remarkable effects and are especially suitable as interludes between the songs.

Listen to a first impression of the first cut with Lawes's I'll tell you how:

October 2016

LaReverdie celebrates 30th birthday with Marco PoloPicture laReverdie in Venedig

It hardly seems credible, but it is a fact: laReverdie celebrates its 30th birthday this year! Happy Birthday!

This joyful event was acclaimed suitably ceremonious with two performances of their great new programme Marco Polo on 29th and 30 October in the Auditorium Squero on the isola San Giorgio in Venice.
In these concerts they followed the trail of the medieval globetrotter on his journey throughout Asia to China at the end of the 13th century: the Orient, described from the perspective of a knightly singer-poet. This appealing mixture was translated by laReverdie into music with accordingly extraordinary cast - from occidental instruments of the Middleages to the Persian kamancheh and the Indian tablo.

Their next performance of this programme on 4 December was broadcasted as livestream on the Italian RAI Radio3.

And here you can enjoy the trailer of the project on our YouTube Channel!

Organ concert Brussels with Lorenzo GhielmiPicture Lorenzo Ghielmi

The numerous b's of the North German organ school did find highly lyrical and fond treatment in a concert by Lorenzo Ghielmi on 26 October in Brussels.

Invited by the concert house Palais des Beaux-Arts (or in short: BOZAR) the organ virtuoso played works by Bruhns, Buxtehude, Brunckhorst, Böhm and - of course - Bach, at the splendorous Grenzing-organ of Brussel's cathedral.
The concert was recorded by the Belgian broadcasting station KLARA, where it will be broadcast before long.

Here you can listen to Lorenzo Ghielmi with an excerpt of Bach's Triosonata BWV 526:

And for Ghielmi-fans to prebook: at the next Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (25 August - 3 September 2017) Lorenzo Ghielmi will be present several times - solistically as well as with his group La Divina Armonia - as artist in residence of the festival. On 25 August at 8pm they'll open the festival for instance with two Bach cantatas and several organ works in the great hall of the Tivoli Vredenburg concert house!

Per-Sonat in MoscowPicture Per-Sonat Moskau

Hildegard von Bingen - Music of a Saint and a Healer was the title of the programme, performed by Per-Sonat in their debut concert at the festival Musica Mensurata Moscow. On 8 October responsories, antiphones and hymns of the medieval saint sounded in the cathedral St. Peter and Paul, with Sabine Lutzenberger, soprano, and Baptiste Romain, fiddle and bagpipes.

The day after that the two musicians were invited to give a masterclass at Moscow Conservatory around Hildegard's music: a wonderful and unique opportunity for the about 25 students participating to get to know and to love the works of the German mystic!
The travel to Moscow was kindly sponsored by German Goethe Institute.

Enjoy an impression of Sabine's Hildegard-interpretation with an excerpt from the antiphone O splendidissima gemma:

September 2016

New at Sonus: Wolf Matthias Friedrichpicture Wolf Matthias Friedrich

We are delighted to represent in the future with Wolf Matthias Friedrich a bass singer, who brings along all good qualities needed for a singer, who's busy with early music - and even some more: he masters his warm and rounded, very agile voice with flawless technique, but is also able to sing formidably fine in spite of his enormous volume, so that also coloratures are highly pleasurable to hear with him.
Worldwide reknown particularly for his Bach interpretations Wolf also feels at home in early Baroque or Romantic, as well as in contemporary music. Furthermore being also an experienced opera singer, he's often praised for his acting-skills, too.

Recent activities include for instance two concerts with the Brockes passion by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel with il Gardellino, directed by Peter Van Heyghen, or a CD recording with Concerto Melante, the only ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, consistently playing on period instruments. With them he recorded music by Georg Philipp Telemann for the 500th anniversary of Reformation next year.

Here you may listen to Wolf Matthias Friedrich:

Please also visit him on our YouTube channel!

Phantasm: Vivacello and CD recordingpicture Phantasm Tye-recording

No, they didn't change their instruments - but nevertheless viol consort Phantasm, directed by Laurence Dreyfus, was invited to play a concert in the Vivacello festival in Liestal, Switzerland, on 24 September. There they performed their excellent Shakespeare programme From Shakespeare - with viols: Music to praise the Bard with six viols and music by - amongst others - Byrd, Dowland, Gibbons and Tomkins.

In the days prior to that the ensemble was busy to record their next CD: after the great success of their most recent recording, Dowland's Lachrimae (»Resident in Berlin, the English-Finnish viol consort Phantasm have rendered this hour of music in a manner befitting their name – fantastically...«, for instance the Süddeutsche Zeitung from Munich cheered), one may look forward now to their interpretation of Christopher Tye's complete consort music; to be released on Scottish label Linn-records in 2017.

Listen to Orlando Gibbons's Peascod time, a piece from the Shakespeare programme:

Carmina Burana with laReverdiepicture laReverdie

»They trundle through the world, study the artes liberales in Paris, the litterae humaniores in Orléans, law in Bologna, medicine in Salerno and the magical arts in Toledo - and nowhere they learn morality!«, as the abbot of the monastery of Froedmont ranted in early 13th century against the intellectuals of his time: wandering students and scholars, poets and litterati, polyglot and partly with brilliant academic careers, who were at home at all the universities of Europe and exchanged views and knowledge on their journeys. And furthermore were the authors of the collection Carmina Burana. What might have annoyed the abbot so much were probably the satiric irades against the abuses of the clergy, which are to be found in the Carmina...

Ensemble laReverdie presented some of this satiric songs and neo-Catullian poems with five musicians in a wonderful concert on 18 September in the crypte of Speyer Cathedral, in the framework of the festival Via Medieavel. With a lot of charme and a twinkle in the eye!

Enjoy here Procurans odium from the Carmina Burana collection:

Ars Antiqua Austria: Four Seasons - finally...picture AAA Vivaldi

Vivaldi's Quattro stagioni may belong among the most frequently played works on today's concert stages. Because of this in early music circles they have the reputation to be a bit too mainstream to be interesting any more. This was the reason that Gunar Letzbor with his ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria had hesitated a long time to record these concerti, and also to present them in a concert.

But lo and behold: now it's done! Gunar explains why and how in the booklet of the CD which lately was released on Challenge Classics (enriched with a violin concerto by Frantisek Jiránek).
Almost at the same time as the CD came onto the market Ars Antiqua Austria performed the cycle on 3 September in the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht: an absolutely captivating experience for the audience!!

Listen here to a track of the new CD.

Breathtaking CD!picture Breathtaking-CD

Ardently longed for by numerous fans - in begin of September it was finally released, the CD Breathtaking: virtuosic, splendidly brilliant, but also beautifully melodious music from Italy around 1700 for cornetto and soprano with Hana Blažíková and Bruce Dickey.

And the CD confirms how absolutely fascinating it is, to listen to a voice and a cornetto entwining each other musically - and to how vocally a cornetto player can play, how instrumentally a soprano can sing.
The musicians also will be on tour with this programme several times during the following years, for instance in March 2017 and in May 2018. Single dates are still available for concerts!

Here you can listen to Sigismondo D'India's Langue al vostro languir:

August 2016

Concerto Palatino in Festival Oude Muziek Utrechtpicture Concerto Palatino

Today Francesco Cavalli is known for his operas mostly and one easily forgets that he also wrote plenty of wonderful sacred music. Concerto Palatino, directed by Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet brought this to the mind of their audience in an evening concert in the big hall of the Vredenburg in the framework of the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, performing Cavallis vespers.

For this Bruce Dickey had chosen gorgeous motets for up to eight singers and fifteen instruments from Cavalli's collection musiche sacre as well as splendid canzonas (one of them for two cornets and eight trombones - some veritably rare cast!) and arranged them in the order of the vespers for a feast in honour of the virgin Mary, like it might have been sounded in a mass in San Marco in Venice in 17th century: extraordinarily great and colourful music full of brilliance and finery, but also including a lot of intensely intimate and strongly atmospheric moments.

Here you can find a video of a piece from the concert on our Youtube-channel, giving some impression of the grandeur of this music.

Alex Potter: recital in Utrechtpicture Alex Potter in Utrecht

La Serenissima, the republic of Vencie, was the theme of the Festival Oude Muziek 2016, the biggest early music event in the world. On 29 August countertenor Alex Potter sang a recital here with works of two somewhat seldomly played composers from the laguna: Giovanni Legrenzi and Giovanni Rovetta. Together with a string ensemble under direction of first violin Lidewij van der Voort Alex presented several sacred motets, featuring his qualities as a singer in the very best way: wonderful intensity of sound, perfect phrasing and intonation, excellent articulation and presentation of the text as well as always marvellous expressivity.

But Alex being the singer and musician he is of course had pondered this programme a bit more, than just looking for nice pieces and string them together. This didn't seem him appropriate for a concert with sacred music and so he connected the pieces with some Gregorian antiphones and furthermore the string players performed canzonas and sonatas of the two composers between the motets - what in a way conveyed the impression of listening to a musical mass.

Listen here to some live impression of the concert with Rovetta's Salve Regina:

Laurence Dreyfus at Gstaad Menuhin Festivalpicture Laurence Dreyfus

It's very likely he was the first treble viol player ever on the stage of the Menuhin-Festival Gstaad: on 18 August Laurence Dreyfus appeared here together with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Anthony Romaniuk in the church of Lauenen.

On the programme was music from a whole millennium, starting with the Winchester Troper (created around the year 1000) via Balades by Guillaume de Machaut and music by Orlando Gibbons up to JS Bach and contemporary works.

Here you can watch an excerpt of a rehearsal for this project on YouTube.

Furthermore from 25 to 30 August Laurence Dreyfus taught in a masterclass in Franconian Schloss Seehaus.

Hiro Kurosaki, the pastry chefpicture Hiro Kurosaki

»Imagine a box of delicious chocolates: each one has another form and colour, also the filling is different. Some are more sweet, others less sweet, some melt creamily on your tongue, some crunch like brittle in your mouth. They all are masterly composed nuggets for the senses. That‘s how I experience Georg Philipp Telemann‘s Fantasias for Solo Violin: a delicate compilation, an exuberant variety of ideas and emotions, concentrated in genial reduction for one solistic instrument. Simply mouth-watering!!!« - this is how violinist Hiro Kurosaki describes Georg Philipp Telemann's Fantasias for Solo Violin.

On 16 August he performed these pieces, invited by the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, in the Nikolaus-chapel at Ambras castle. A concert which surely quickened the appetite of the audience for more of Telemann's chamber music!

A recording of the concert was distributed on 30 August on the Austrian classical broadcast station ORF1.

Phantasm in Finland and in Radovlijca Festivalpicture Phantasm Vantaa

Two wonderful opportunities to present their core repertoire in top form took viol consort Phantasm under direction of Laurence Dreyfus on 9 August in the Vantaa Baroque Festival in Helsinki, Finland, and in the Early Music Festival at Radovlijca castle in Slovenia.

On the programme were suites by Matthew Locke as well as some of the Royal Consorts by William Lawes for four viols and lute.

Here you can watch a video with impressions from the rehearsals in Radovlijca from a Slovenian TV station.

And enjoy here some videos from former appearances of Phantasm in Vantaa!

Breathtaking!picture Breathtaking rehearsal

In St. Severus, Boppard, cornettist Bruce Dickey and soprano Hana Blažíková had planned to present a concert with their wonderful project Breathtaking which they had developed together in 2015 and also recorded on CD.

Unfortunately Hana fell ill and couldn't sing in this concert of the festival Rheinvokal. But happily Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc could pitch in at short notice - and so it indeed became a different approach to the repertoire in the end, but this was not less charming and brilliant: a truly excellent performance of a unique programme, which enthused the audience not only because of its virtuosity but also because of its numerous heartfelt moments.

Radio station SWR2 recorded the concert and had it broadcast on 3 November.

July 2016

Concerto Palatino in German Lausitzpicture Concerto Palatino

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 releasedpicture Phantasm Lacrimae cd

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 Ghielmipicture 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 Engerspicture Per-Sonat

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.

June 2016

La Divina Armonia: New Bach-CD!picture La Divina Armonia

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 tourBoreas Quartett Bremen

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!

May 2016

Hildegard in Brussels with Per-Sonat and Ordo VirtutumOrdo 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 Breathtaking

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:

April 2016

Schubert with David Munderloh and Joshua RifkinBild David Munderloh

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 NetherlandsBild Ordo Virtutum

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 CDpicture Ars Antiqua Austria

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!

March 2016

Laurence Dreyfus: portrait on Bavarian classical radioBild Laurence Dreyfus

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 KlassikBild Ensemble Villancico

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 Belgiumpicture La Divina Armonia

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!

Here you can find further information and the possibility to order tickets on the website of the Netwerk Oude Muziek Utrecht.

PHANTASM in Oxford, London - and live on BBC 3picture PHANTASM

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 Berniuspicture Sabine Lutzenberger

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.

February 2016

Ars Antiqua Austria in Clermont-Ferrandpicture Ars Antiqua Austria

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 Japanpicture Lorenzo Ghielmi

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 Mexicopicture Bruce Dickey

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!

January 2016

London Fortepiano Trio in Salzburgpicture London Fortepiano Trio

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-operapicture Sabine Lutzenberger

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 Viennapicture PHANTASM

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 Parispicture Laurence Dreyfus

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.

December 2015

Phantasm: awards from three continentspicture PHANTASM

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 CDpicture La Divina Armonia

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.

November 2015

Hana Blažíková and CordArtepicture Hana Blazikova

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 LeipzigBild Lorenzo Ghielmi

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 concertBild Hana und Bruce

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)!

October 2015

La Divina Armonia: Passione NapolitanaBild La Divina Bronnbach

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 releaseBild Laurence Dreyfus

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 subtletiesBild Linda Nicholson

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 AmericaBild il Gardellino

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.

September 2015

CD recording La Divina Armoniapicture 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 successespicture Phantasm and Tenebrae

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!picture Hana and Bruce

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 Utrechtpicture Hiro

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!picture CD Tye

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.

August 2015

PHANTASM in Utrechtpicture Lawes-CD

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 facebookpicture Hana Blazikova

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 Antwerppicture PerSonat

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 Ansbachpicture Lorenzo Ghielmi

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 Finlandpicture Phantasm

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.

July 2015

il Gardellino in South Americapicture il Gardellino

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 Lachrimaepicture Phantasm

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.

Listen here to an excerpt from the first edit.

Bruce Dickey in Sasha Waltz's Orfeo in Berlinpicture Bruce Dickey

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...

June 2015

laReverdie in Potsdampicture laReverdie

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 Hallpicture Lawes-CD

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 Potsdampicture PerSonat

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 Stockholmpicture il Gardellino

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.

May 2015

PHANTASM in Regensburgpicture Phantasm Reichssaal

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 Regensburgpicture Concerto Palatino

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!picture Walther-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!

Here you may get an impression of the new CD.

PHANTASM in Bruges and Oxfordpicture Phantasm

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.

April 2015

Ensemble Villancico: anniversary and late night of Early Music picture Ensemble Villancico

»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.

Both concerts were broadcast live on BR Klassik.

PHANTASM on tourpic Phantasm

From the green Isle to green Thuringia: viol consort PHANTASM with Laurence Dreyfus had a quite busy week in April.

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.

March 2015

Linda Nicholson: Loewe-CD!Bild 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.

Listen here to an excerpt of this fascinating CD!

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 recordingpicture Phantasm

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-CDpicture Tini Mathot, Bettina Pahn

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.

Enjoy an excerpt from the recording here.

Telemann price!picture Boreas Quartett

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.

February 2015

New at Sonus: ARS ANTIQUA AUSTRIApicture 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 castpicture Phantasm

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 tourpicture Gerlinde Sämann

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.

January 2015

New CD with David Munderlohpicture CD Cover

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 interviewpicture Melómano

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-gurdypicture concert placard

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!

December 2014

New at Sonus: La Galaníapicture La Galania

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!

Try here on our YouTube channel.

New CD by Tini Mathot and Ton Koopmanpicture CD Tini Mathot

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 tourpicture CD Awake Sweet Love

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!

Listen here to a song from the CD.

November 2014

Joyous surprise: first edit of Loewe-CD by Linda Nicholsonpicture 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 BremenBild Boreas Quartett

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!

Here you find an audio sample of the ensemble.

New CD il Gardellinopicture CD il Gardellino

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 Japanpicture Concerto Palatino

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.

October 2014

PHANTASM: busy days in Englandpic PHANTASM

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 Zürichpicture Sabine Lutzenberger

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 Americapicture organ

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 recordingpic laReverdie

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.

September 2014

PER-SONAT in Sint Truiden and Regensburg pic PER-SONAT

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 Philharmoniepicture Laurence Dreyfus

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.

You can listen to the full concert in the Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie.

Concerto Palatino in Festival Oude Muziek Utrechtpicture Concerto Palatino

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 picture PHANTASM

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!

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