“Birthdays &; Anniversaries” / Ensemble “Die Kölner Akademie”, Germany, dir. Michael Willens / X International Belgrade Early Music Festival
Sunday, 14 June 2015 – 8:00 PM
Die Kölner Akademie is a unique ensemble based in Cologne which performs music of the seventeenth through the twenty first centuries on both modern and period instruments with world renowned guest soloists.
The ensemble seeks to bring out the composers’ intentions by using historical seating plans, critical editions and the proper instrumentation for each work.
Die Kölner Akademie has received the highest critical acclaim for its outstanding performances at major festivals in Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Estonia and Iceland. Many of these performances were broadcast live and several were filmed for television. The group’s first CD, a recording Johann Valentin Meder’s “St. Matthew Passion” for Raumklang received 5 stars in Goldberg, Fono Forum, Musik und Kirche and excellent reviews in Concerto (Germany), EARLY MUSIC (UK) and the Record Geijutsu (Japan). This has been followed by the highly praised series “Forgotten treasures” on the ARS Produktion label. This series now stands at ten recordings of a planned total of fifteen. These include world premiere recordings of works by lesser-known composers including Crusell, Danzi, Pichl, Vanhal, Wilms, Romberg, Neukomm, Fischer, Kunc, Jeanjean, D’Alvimare and Steibelt. The CD of symphonies by Bernhard Romberg received a SUPRSONIC prize. In addition, Die Kölner Akademie has released world premiere recordings of music by Mattheson, Ries and Eberl for CPO as well as a premiere recording of the Glöckner/Hellmann reconstruction of J.S. Bach’s St. Mark Passion.
Presenters: Belgrade Early Music Festival; Early Music Network; Makris Foundation; Studio for Early Music
Artists: Karolina Bäter (Flute); Martino Noferi (Oboe); Bojana Dimkovic (Harpsichord); Ilia Korol (Violin)
Ensemble: The Cologne Academy
Conductor: Michael Willens