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Abramski Trio
Ensemble

Mirjam Budday (Oboe), Rebekah Abramski (Bassoon), Ron Abramski (Piano)

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Concert for Oboe ~ Bassoon & Piano
Solo- and Ensemble-Works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel,
Francis Poulenc, Jean Françaix and Edward Longstaff .
Mirjam Budday ~ Oboe
Rebekah Abramski ~ Bassoon
Ron Abramski ~ Piano

Allan, Miriam
Soprano Vocals

Miriam Allan (Soprano), master class graduate student of Emma Kirkby and Julianne Baird and winner of the London Handel Competition 2003, was born in Newcastle (Australia) in 1977. She studied at Newcastle University and graduated from there with several distinctions. She has performed the most important works of Bach, Handel and Purcell with leading choirs and orchestras such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonic. She has also appeared as a guest with the Song Company and Sounds Baroque, including at their concertante performances. In addition to this she also gives recitals. In the summer of 2003, she sang not only the title role in the Handel opera "Semele" for the Pinchgut Opera, she also appeared in the world premiere of "Dreaming Transportation" at the Sidney Festival and sang in the first Australian performance of Bach's St Mark Passion by the Sidney Philharmonic under Arno Volmer as well as performing in Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater". Meanwhile, Miriam Allan (Soprano) lives in London, where she teaches singing at the Westminster Under School. She performs with ensembles such as Concerto Copenhagen, Israel Camerata, the London Handel Orchestra, the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra or Concerto Köln and is working with conductors like Trevor Pinnock, Sir John Elliot Gardiner and William Christie.

The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio ISRAEL IN EGYPT

G.F. Handel · ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Unedited version of the English Oratorio HWV 54 from 1739,
performed according to the traditions of the time
with Miriam Allan & Sarah Wegener (Soprano), David Allsopp (Altus, Countertenor),
Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Steffen Balbach & Daniel Raschinsky (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio JOSHUA

G.F. Handel · JOSHUA
Unedited version from 1748 of the English Oratorio HWV 64,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), David Allsopp (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah

G.F. Handel · MESSIAH
The complete recording of the English Oratorio HWV 56,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · BELSHAZZAR
The English Oratorio HWV 61 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Patrick van Goethem (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), André Morsch (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Allsopp, David
Countertenor Vocals

Amati Quartet
String Quartet

Argenta, Nancy
Soprano Vocals

The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios

The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Arte Ensemble
Ensemble

Arte Ensemble, Kathrin Rabus (Violin), Birte Paeplow (Violin), Christian Pohl (Viola), Ute Sommer (Violon Cello), Albert Sommer (Double Bass), Guido Schaefer (Clarinet), Theodor Wiemes (French Horn), Uwe Grothaus (Bassoon)


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Balbach, Steffen
Bass Vocals

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio ISRAEL IN EGYPT

G.F. Handel · ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Unedited version of the English Oratorio HWV 54 from 1739,
performed according to the traditions of the time
with Miriam Allan & Sarah Wegener (Soprano), David Allsopp (Altus, Countertenor),
Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Steffen Balbach & Daniel Raschinsky (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

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G.F. Handel · SAUL
The English Oratorio HWV 53 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Michael Berner (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio SOLOMON

G.F. Handel · SOLOMON
The English Oratorio HWV 67 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Wolfgang Bauer Consort
Ensemble

Setting I:
Wolfgang Bauer Consort, Wolfgang Bauer (Trumpet), Sebastian Hamann (Violin), Verena Sommer (Violin), Gerhard Urban (Violin), Clemens Weigel (Cello), Thomas Strauss (Harpsichord), Thomas Jauch (Double Bass), Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Heidrun Laukemann (Flute)

Setting II:
Wolfgang Bauer (Baroque Trumpet), Martin Maier (Baroque Trumpet), Tobias Ziegler (Baroque Trumpet), Georg Siebert (Oboe), Ingo Goritzki (Oboe), Arie Hordijk (Bassoon), Petra Müllejans (Violin), Dietlind Mayer (Violin), Ludwig Hampe (Viola), Clemens Weigel (Cello), Davide Vittone (Double Bass), Thomas Strauss (Harpsichord), Gregor Daszko (Timpani)

Begemann, Hans Christoph
Bass Vocals

Berner, Michael
Tenor Vocals

Beethoven Academic Orchestra / Beethoven Akademie Orchester
Orchestra

Blochwitz, Hans Peter
Tenor Vocals

Budday, Jürgen
Conductor

Jürgen Budday (born 1948 in Germany) is a German conductor, director of church music, music teacher and artistic director of the concert series at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Abbey. He started teaching at the Evangelical Seminar in Maulbronn in 1979. This also involved his taking over as artistic director of the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts and the cantor choir. He studied church music and musicology at the Academy of Music in Stuttgart from 1967 to 1974. In 1992, he was named Director of Studies, in 1995 came the appointment as Director of Church Music and in 1998 he was awarded the "Bundesverdienstkreuz" (German Cross of Merit) as well as the Bruno-Frey Prize from the State Academy in Ochsenhausen for his work in music education. In 1983 Jürgen Budday founded the Maulbronn Chamber Choir ("Maulbronner Kammerchor"), with whom he won numerous national and international awards. At the Prague International Choir Festival, for example, Jürgen Budday received an award as best director. Since 2002 he has also held the chair of the Choral Committee with the German Music Council.
In 2011, Jürgen Budday has been awarded the honorary title "Professor" by the Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, who dignified Mr Budday to be an illustrious musical ambassador of Baden-Württemberg.
Jürgen Budday has started a cycle of Handel oratorios that is planned to span several years, which involves working with soloists like Emma Kirkby, Miriam Allan, Michael Chance, Nancy Argenta and Mark Le Brocq (to name but a few). The live recordings of these performances, that have received the highest praise from reviewers, has won him international recognition. Till these days 10 oratorios by G.F.Handel are documented on discs.
"No conductor and no choir have so consistently recorded so many Handel oratorios as Jürgen Budday and his Maulbronn Chamber Choir" (Dr. Karl Georg Berg, Handel Memoranda Halle 2008).

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A German Requiem
Ein deutsches Requiem Op.45
The "London Version" of the requiem to words of the Holy Scriptures,
sung in German, for 2 soloists, choir & four-hand piano, arranged by the composer
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor),
Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano), Josef Wagner (Baritone),
GrauSchumacher (Piano Duo: Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios

The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio ISRAEL IN EGYPT

G.F. Handel · ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Unedited version of the English Oratorio HWV 54 from 1739,
performed according to the traditions of the time
with Miriam Allan & Sarah Wegener (Soprano), David Allsopp (Altus, Countertenor),
Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Steffen Balbach & Daniel Raschinsky (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

Handel / Mozart · DER MESSIAS K.572
Reorchestration of Handel's English Oratorio HWV 56 "Messiah"
Oratorio in three parts by George Fr. Handel in the arrangement of Wolfgang A. Mozart
A performance according to the traditions of the time, sung in German,
with Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Margot Oitzinger (Alto),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marek Rzepka (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio JOSHUA

G.F. Handel · JOSHUA
Unedited version from 1748 of the English Oratorio HWV 64,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), David Allsopp (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah

G.F. Handel · MESSIAH
The complete recording of the English Oratorio HWV 56,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · BELSHAZZAR
The English Oratorio HWV 61 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Patrick van Goethem (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), André Morsch (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium SAMSON

G.F. Handel · SAMSON
The English Oratorio HWV 57 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Raimund Nolte (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium JEPHTHA

G.F. Handel · JEPHTHA
The English Oratorio HWV 70 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo-Soprano),
Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · SAUL
The English Oratorio HWV 53 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Michael Berner (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium JUDAS MACCABÄUS

G.F. Handel · JUDAS MACCABAEUS
The English Oratorio HWV 63 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano),
Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Musica Florea Prag, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio SOLOMON

G.F. Handel · SOLOMON
The English Oratorio HWV 67 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Giacomo Puccini - Messa di Gloria

Giacomo Puccini · Messa di gloria
Willi Stein (Tenor), Thomas Pfeiffer (Baritone),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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F. Mendelssohn - Oratorio ELIAS

Felix Mendelssohn · ELIJAH
Oratorio in two movements
Peter Lika (Bass), Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano),
Jolantha Michalska-Taliaferro (Alto), Hans Peter Blochwitz (Tenor),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

C.Gounod: Missa Solemnis & G.Rossini: Stabat Mater

Charles Gounod · Missa Solemnis
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano), Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro (Mezzo-Soprano),
Willi Stein (Tenor), Nikita Storojev (Bass),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

C.Gounod: Missa Solemnis & G.Rossini: Stabat Mater

Gioacchino Rossini · Stabat Mater (Oratorio)
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano), Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro (Mezzo-Soprano),
Willi Stein (Tenor), Nikita Storojev (Bass),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Max Bruch - Oratorio Moses

Max Bruch · MOSES
Oratorio in Four Parts
with Peter Lika (Bass), Birgitte Christensen (Soprano), Stefan Vinke (Tenor),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Russian Chamber Pilharmonic St. Petersburg:
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Man lives and exists - Birth ~ Finiteness ~ Eternity

Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Man lives and exists
Der Mensch lebt und bestehet
Birth ~ Finiteness ~ Eternity
An a-cappella concert with works by Franz Biebl, Benjamin Britten, Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen,
Jan Sandström, Wolfram Buchenberg, Max Reger and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

Von morgens früh... und bis zur Nacht / Stundengebete - Maulbronner Kammerchor

The Maulbronn Chamber Choir
"From early dawn... until late at night"
A daily musical routine according to the tradition of horary prayers
with works by Orlando di Lasso, Joseph Rheinberger, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,
Rolf Schweizer, Johann H. Schein, Jozef Swider, Arvo Pärt, Sven D. Sandström, Max Reger.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

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Musica Sacra
The Night shines as the Day
Die Nacht leuchtet wie der Tag
Maulbronn Chamber Choir · Conductor: Jürgen Budday
A Choral Concert with works by
Jacobus Handl-Gallus, Leonhard Lechner, Jan Pieterszon Sweelinck,
Moritz Hauptmann, Felix Mendelssohn, Otto Nicolai, Johannes Brahms,
Knut Nysted, Sven David Sandström,Wolfram Buchenberg & Eric Whitacre

Budday, Mirjam
Oboe & English Horn / Cor Anglais

Mirjam Budday was the recipient of scholarships from the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes", the chamber music foundation "Villa Musica", the "Rotary club" and was also a prize winner of the "Jugend Musiziert" competition. She completed her Undergraduate studies in Stuttgart with Prof. Ingo Goritzki, and from 2002-2003 she spent one year studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Tess Miller, Douglas Boyd and Celia Nicklin. Mirjam has also participated in numerous master classes with teachers such as Albrecht Mayer, Prof. Christian Wetzel, Jonathan Kelly, Alexei Orgrintchouk and Prof. Günther Passin. From January until July of 2004 she played with the Baden State Opera, Karlsruhe. From 2004 through 2005 she was Principal Oboist of the "European Union Youth Orchestra" with whom she toured throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic States under the direction of Paavo Järvi and Yan Pascal Tortelier. She has gone on to work with the "Bamberg Symphony orchestra", the "Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin", the "Hamburg Philharmonic", and plays regularly as Principal Oboist with the "South-west German Chamber Orchestra". In 2004 she founded the Abramski Trio (oboe, bassoon, piano) and with whom she has since performed regularly. From November 2006 until April 2007 Mirjam played with the Stuttgart Opera and since August 2008, she is the Principal Cor Anglais player of the "North German Radio Philharmonic orchestra" (NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover).

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Concert for Oboe ~ Bassoon & Piano
Solo- and Ensemble-Works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel,
Francis Poulenc, Jean Françaix and Edward Longstaff .
Mirjam Budday ~ Oboe
Rebekah Abramski ~ Bassoon
Ron Abramski ~ Piano


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Chance, Michael
Countertenor Vocals

Michael Chance (Countertenor)'s carrier began, as did so many of his colleagues, in King's College, Cambridge, as countertenor in England's conceivably most famous choir. Today he is one of the worlds most sought after countertenors, not only for opera - he sang, for example, the military governor in the world première of Judith Weir's "A Night at the Chinese Opera" - but also for oratorios and songs. He is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music, London. He performs often in Paris, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Berlin and has also been in America, Japan and Australia many times. Frieder Bernius, Frans Brüggen, John Eliot Gardiner and Trevor Pinnock are just some of the conductors that he works with regularly. A specialty of Michael Chance (Countertenor)'s is the song evenings he gives with the Gamben-Consort Fretwork, Nigel North and, more recently, Roger Vignoles, in which he sings pieces for voice and lute from the English Renaissance and also, frequently, works from contemporary, mostly English composers.

The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios

The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah

G.F. Handel · MESSIAH
The complete recording of the English Oratorio HWV 56,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · BELSHAZZAR
The English Oratorio HWV 61 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Patrick van Goethem (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), André Morsch (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium SAMSON

G.F. Handel · SAMSON
The English Oratorio HWV 57 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Raimund Nolte (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · SAUL
The English Oratorio HWV 53 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Michael Berner (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio SOLOMON

G.F. Handel · SOLOMON
The English Oratorio HWV 67 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Christensen, Birgitte
Soprano Vocals


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Dimitrov, Petko
Conductor

Petko Dimitrov was born in 1973 in the town of Plodiv. He entered the Plodiv Musical Academy in 1991 and the Sofia Musical Academy in 1993. He studied with prof. Vassil Kazandjiev and prof. Ivan Bakalov.
In August 1998 Petko Dimitrov participated in the Vitosha 1998 Summer Conducting Academy of the New Symphony Orchestra, held under the leadership of Maestro Rossen Milanov. In May 1998 Mr. Dimitrov debuted with a chamber ensemble of the New Symphony Orchestra conducting pieces by the British composers Sir Michael Tippett and Henry Purcell. His debut with the full orchestra was in December '98 with Brahms - Symphony N°1. He has in his repertoire also: Variations on a theme of Bach for string orchestra by Trifon Silianovsky, Symphony #8, h moll, (Unfinished) by Franz Schubert, Symphony #3, a moll, op. 56 (Scottish) by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Adagio for strings by Samuel Barbar and Symphony #2 by Beethoven. Petko Dimitrov is an assistant conductor of the New Symphony Orchestra since 1998.

Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.8 b minor "The Unfinished"
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Symphony No.3 a minor Op. 56 "Scottish"
The New Symphony Orchestra Sofia · Conductor - Petko Dimitrov

Dirksen, Pieter
Organ

Pieter Dirksen is the organist of the historical organ of the Martinus-Church in Cuijk. He completed his musicological studies with honours and received his doctorate "cum laude" with a dissertation on the keyboard music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, which was awarded the Dutch Praemium Erasmianum. His complete recordings of these organ- and cembalo works was awarded 2003 with the "Edison". Pieter Dirksen is a member of the "Combattimento Consort" Amsterdam and the Netherlands Bach Society as well as the chamber music group "La Suave Melodia". www.pieterdirksen.nl


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Eckert, Simone
Viola da gamba & Diskant-Viola da Gamba
Member and leader of the Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik

Image by Josef-Stefan Kindler, www.kuk-art.comAt the age of eight, when asked what she wanted to be Simone Eckert answered: "gamba player". Ignoring the warning that she should get a "proper job" she lives and works as a freelance musician in Hamburg. She studied at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensiswith H. Mueller and J. Savall. She finished her studies in 1990 with a diploma in early music. In 1991 she founded the ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik. She has taught, since 1992 at the Hamburger Konservatorium and holds seminars on the viola da gamba in both Germany and England. Apart from the repertoire of the renaissance, baroque and early classics she also concentrates on modern music for the viol. A large number of works have been dedicated to her and performed by her for the first time. She performs as a soloist, ensemble leader and lecturer in Germany, other European countries an Japan.

Eittinger, Ursula
Mezzo-Soprano / Alto

Photography by Josef-Stefan KindlerThe German mezzo-soprano Ursula Eittinger studied singing at the Detmold Music Academy, where she was awarded a concert and opera diploma with distinction in 1990. While she was still a student she took part in various master courses, for example with Sena Jurinac, Kurt Widmer and Charles Brett. Ursula Eittinger has worked with ensembles like the WDR Radio Orchestra, the Hannover and Hamburg Radio Orchestras, the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling and the Munich Bach Soloists. Concert tours have taken her to the Royal Albert Hall in London, to Barcelona (Palau de la Musica) and many festivals such as the BBC Prom Concerts, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Cracow International Festival for Old Music. The variety which characterises he repertoire shows clearly in her television, radio and CD recordings (for example Schumann duets with Scot Weir), also in a duet programme with Barbara Schlick.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Mass in B Minor BWV 232
Performed according to the traditions of the time
with Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Ursula Eittinger (Mezzo-Soprano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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Fuerst, Michael
Harpsichord
Member of the Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik

Image by Josef-Stefan Kindler, www.kuk-art.com


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Georgieva, Mila
Violin

Mila Georgieva (violin) was born in Bulgaria in 1976. She began playing the violin at the age of four and even before she reached her teens she had a worldwide reputation, winning two prizes in competitions in Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia, touring in Spain, Holland, the Philippines, Singapore, India and China, appearing on Italian, French and Swiss television. Fittingly, her Grand Prize, in Bologna, was named for another violin playing prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Miss Georgieva is studying at the Juilliard School in the United States. Miss Georgieva has performed with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig under Kurt Masur, the orchestras of Bulgarian and Dutch Radio & Television, the Sofia Philharmonic and Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra Budapest and the RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin. She has toured Germany, South America and Japan and already appeared with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under Richard Hickox and toured in France with the Orchestre National des pays de la Loire under Herbert Soudain. She was invited by the Houston Symphony and performed with Christoph Eschenbach at the Ravinia Summer Festival.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto D Major Opus 61
Mila Georgieva (violin) & The New Symphony Orchestra Sofia
Conductor - Rossen Milanov

GrauSchumacher
Piano Duo - Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher

Photography by Josef-Stefan Kindler Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher, with their talent for putting together clever and innovative programs, have established themselves as one of the world's top piano duos. Their cooperation at the piano is evidence that the two expert pianists are nothing short of musical soul mates. The vast breadth of the duo's expressiveness has garnered it invitations to various festivals and concert halls, such as the Kölner Philharmonie, Berliner Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Tonhalle Zürich, and the Piano Festival La Roque d'Anthéron, and has resulted in collaborations with renowned conductors such as Michael Gielen, Lothar Zagrosek, Emanuel Krivine, Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano, Bertrand de Billy, Andrej Boreyko, Georges Prêtre, and Zubin Mehta. The pair's most recent projects have included concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de Lyon, as well as performances at the Lucerne Festival, the Wiener Konzerthaus, and the Concertgebouw Brugge. Their keen ability to conceive well-considered program concepts is also evident in their recordings. Their album of Stockhausen's Mantra won awards from Le monde de la musique and Diapason. Gramophone selected their CD Visions de l'Amen, featuring works by Messiaen and Schütz/Kurtág, as Editor's Choice.

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A German Requiem
Ein deutsches Requiem Op.45
The "London Version" of the requiem to words of the Holy Scriptures,
sung in German, for 2 soloists, choir & four-hand piano, arranged by the composer
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor),
Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano), Josef Wagner (Baritone),
GrauSchumacher (Piano Duo: Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.


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Hamburger Ratsmusik
Ensemble

Image by Josef-Stefan KindlerThe beginnings of the Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik go back as far as the 16th century. As the city fathers considered good instrumental music to be an important part of civic representation at official ceremonies and in the main churches they made sure that respected musicians worked for them. Based on the principal "for the glory of God - and the pleasure, delight and benefit of Hamburg" the city boasted an elite ensmble of eight civic instrumentalists who were able to compete with many a princely court orchestra. The ensemble enjoyed its heyday during the 17th century under such leading musicians as William Brade and Johann Schop. During the 18th century, Georg Philipp Telemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach called on the services of Hamburg's civic instrumentalist for their performances, before the ensemble fell victim to effiency measures in the 19th century.
Since we re-established the ensemble in 1991 we have built up an extensive and remarkable repertoire with devotion and enthusiasm in more than fourteen years of working together. For us, the music of our predecessors, with its close dependance on rhetoric and articulation rich in nuances, is so eloquent that it is closer to human speech than any other form of music. With its clear structures and varied rhythms, borrowed from centuries-old dances, the music of the 16th to 18th centuries developed its own "swing". The adventure of re-descovering unknown early music, lying dormant in Europe's libraries, is also tempting and the "resuscitation" of these treasures is our exciting objective. We present audiences with these works at concerts, on recordings for radio broadcast and CD release and in publications for international publishing houses.
The Hamburger Ratsmusik has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Handel Festival in Göttingen and Halle, the International Bach-Fest Leipzig, the Baroque Festival at Bad Arolsen and many others. The ensemble has also gained a nationwide reputation through first recordings for the Christophorus, Thorofon and NCA labels, as well as broadcasts for the NDR, MDR, Radio Bremen, WDR, SWR and HR broadcasting companies. 2006 the Hamburger Ratsmusik was awarded the Echo Klassik, the most important German music award. The international press praises the "subtlety" and the "excellent knowledge of baroque style" of the ensemble's interpretations - and the Hamburger Ratsmusik itself as a "leading ensemble for early music".

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Musica Sacra · Die Zeit "The period of time"
Songs, arias and instrumental music from the 17th and 18th century
by Johann Rist, Johann Schop (c.1590-1667), Nikolaus Adam Strungk (1640-1700),
Heinrich Scheidemann (c. 1595-1663), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
& Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Dorothee Mields (Soprano) & Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik:
Simone Eckert (Viola da gamba & Diskant-Viola da Gamba)
Ulrich Wedemeier (Theorbo), Michael Fuerst (Harpsichord)

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Awake, my Spirit (Wach auf mein Geist)
Works from the Appendix to the "Dresden Gesangbuch" of 1649
and Johann Rist's "Himlische Lieder", printed in Lüneburg in 1641/2.
Klaus Mertens ~ Bass baritone
Simone Eckert ~ Descant-and bass viola da gamba
Ulrich Wedemeier ~ Theorbo

Härtling, Peter
Narrator, Lyrics

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Hannoversche Hofkapelle / Hanoverian Court Orchestra
Orchestra

The Hanoverian Court Orchestra under concertmistress Anne Röhrig remains totally faithful to the tradition of historic court orchestras. Performing on reconstructed historical instruments the sound of this ensemble is hallmarked by the fact that the musicians also have experience of playing with different music ensembles on the European Baroque scene and view historical performance practices as a means of keeping current. The repertoire of the Orchestra is not restricted to the many forms of Baroque music alone, but also includes classical works, with Mozart operas and the Romantic era being particularly favoured. Their constant involvement with 17th and 18th-century music has made the Court Orchestra musicians masters of their respective instruments. The result is the expressive and elegant style of playing, that assures the orchestra its prominent position. The Hanoverian Court Orchestra has been the "orchestra in residence" at the Herrenhausen Festival Weeks since 2006.

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The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios

The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio ISRAEL IN EGYPT

G.F. Handel · ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Unedited version of the English Oratorio HWV 54 from 1739,
performed according to the traditions of the time
with Miriam Allan & Sarah Wegener (Soprano), David Allsopp (Altus, Countertenor),
Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Steffen Balbach & Daniel Raschinsky (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

Handel / Mozart · DER MESSIAS K.572
Reorchestration of Handel's English Oratorio HWV 56 "Messiah"
Oratorio in three parts by George Fr. Handel in the arrangement of Wolfgang A. Mozart
A performance according to the traditions of the time, sung in German,
with Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Margot Oitzinger (Alto),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marek Rzepka (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio JOSHUA

G.F. Handel · JOSHUA
Unedited version from 1748 of the English Oratorio HWV 64,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), David Allsopp (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah

G.F. Handel · MESSIAH
The complete recording of the English Oratorio HWV 56,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · BELSHAZZAR
The English Oratorio HWV 61 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Patrick van Goethem (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), André Morsch (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · SAUL
The English Oratorio HWV 53 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Michael Berner (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio SOLOMON

G.F. Handel · SOLOMON
The English Oratorio HWV 67 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Hauptmann, Cornelius
Bass Vocals

Herkenhoff, Ulrich
Pan Flute

Hulett, Benjamin
Tenor Vocals

Humphries, Charles
Countertenor Vocals


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Iannella, Federica
Organ

Federica Iannella is regular organist and artistic director of the "Church of Santa Maria della Neve" in Senigallia and one of the teachers of the "Accademia Organistica". She studied the organ and composition with Professor M. Arlotti at the "Conservatory G. Rossini" in Pesaro and graduated as musicologist at the University of Bologna. In May 2005 Federica Iannella recorded, in word premier recording, "Sonate per organo a Quattro mani" by Giovanni Morandi, an important composer of Italian romantic music for organ. www.federicaiannella.net

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Organ Gloriosa
Concert four Europe
A concert with 4 soloists from 4 countries
on the historical "Great Buergy Organ of 1787" in the Bad Homburg Castle Church
Martin Knizia (United Kingdom), Pieter Dirksen (Netherlands),
Federica Iannella (Italy) & Thorsten Mäder (Germany)
Works by Nicolaus Bruhns, William Byrd, Hugo Distler, Matthias Weckmann,
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Jan Brandts-Buys,
Padre Davide da Bergamo, Ferdinando Provesi & Josef Gabriel Rheinberger

Friedemann Immer Trumpet Consort
Ensemble

Friedemann Immer (Baroque Trumpet), Klaus H. Osterloh (Baroque Trumpet), Jaroslav Roucek (Baroque Trumpet), Thibaud Robinne (Baroque Trumpet), Frithjof Koch (Baroque Timpani), Matthias Nagel (Organ)


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Kammervereinigung Berlin
Wind Quintet

Iris Jess (Flute), Gudrun Reschke (Oboe), Alexander Roske (Clarinet), Bodo Werner (Horn), Mathias Baier (Bassoon)

Kaiser, Olja
Harp

Keller, Matthias
Organ

King, Catherine
Mezzo-Soprano Vocals

The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios

The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Kirkby, Emma
Soprano Vocals

Knizia, Martin
Organ

Martin Knizia is music director at the Lutherian Church "St. Anne's" in London, artistic director and conductor of the English Bach Festival and founder of the Sweelinck-Ensemble. He was educated at the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany) and the Royal Academy of Music in London. After having held a Junior Fellowship and position as Associate Professor for Baroque Organ Improvisation and Figured Bass at the Royal Academy of Music, he now pursues a busy career as conductor, soloist and continuo player. His interest in editing has resulted in a critically acclaimed edition of Orlando Gibbons's Complete Organ Works. www.sweelinck.com

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Organ Gloriosa
Concert four Europe
A concert with 4 soloists from 4 countries
on the historical "Great Buergy Organ of 1787" in the Bad Homburg Castle Church
Martin Knizia (United Kingdom), Pieter Dirksen (Netherlands),
Federica Iannella (Italy) & Thorsten Mäder (Germany)
Works by Nicolaus Bruhns, William Byrd, Hugo Distler, Matthias Weckmann,
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Jan Brandts-Buys,
Padre Davide da Bergamo, Ferdinando Provesi & Josef Gabriel Rheinberger


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Laffin, Frank
Baritone Vocals

Le Brocq, Mark
Tenor Vocals

The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios

The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio JOSHUA

G.F. Handel · JOSHUA
Unedited version from 1748 of the English Oratorio HWV 64,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), David Allsopp (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah

G.F. Handel · MESSIAH
The complete recording of the English Oratorio HWV 56,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · BELSHAZZAR
The English Oratorio HWV 61 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Patrick van Goethem (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), André Morsch (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium SAMSON

G.F. Handel · SAMSON
The English Oratorio HWV 57 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Raimund Nolte (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · SAUL
The English Oratorio HWV 53 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Michael Berner (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium JUDAS MACCABÄUS

G.F. Handel · JUDAS MACCABAEUS
The English Oratorio HWV 63 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano),
Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Musica Florea Prag, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Lika, Peter
Bass Vocals

Copyright by Josef-Stefan Kindler, KuK VerlagsanstaltThe German bass soloist Peter Lika, born in Augsburg (Germany) 1947, began his singing career as a boy soloist with the Regensburger Domspatzen. He is considered one of the leading basses in the concert and opera repertoire. Lika's unmistakable timbre is paired with delicately balanced dramatic expressive power, which makes him a natural soloist for roles such as that of Elijah or Moses. It is not surprising, therefore, that conductors like Masur, Schreier, Rilling, Gardiner, Marriner, Norrington, Celibidache and Herreweghe have appreciated working with Lika, as have renowned orchestras, not least for his extensive repertoire and many years of experience, also with early music. Performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and nearly all of the German radio orchestras have brought Peter Lika to the major musical centres of Europe, Asia and the USA.

Lunn, Joanne
Soprano Vocals

Photography by Josef-Stefan KindlerJoanne Lunn (Soprano) studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where she was awarded the prestigious "Tagore Gold Medal". She performs as a soloist with early music groups like the English Baroque Soloists, the Hilliard Ensemble, Philippe Herreweghe's Collegium Vocale Gent, the Gabrieli Consort and the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Concert appearances have also included Bach's St Matthew Passion conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, Bach's "Magnificat" at the BBC Proms with the Academy of Ancient Music, Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, or Bach's "Easter Oratorio" with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales under Nicholas Kraemer.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Mass in B Minor BWV 232
Performed according to the traditions of the time
with Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Ursula Eittinger (Mezzo-Soprano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.


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Maulbronner Kammerchor / Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Choir

The Maulbronn Chamber Choir was founded in 1983 and counts today as one of the renowned chamber choirs in Europe. Awards like the first places at the Baden-Württemberg Choir Competitions in 1989 and 1997, the second place at the German Choir Competition in 1990, the first prize at the German Choir Competition in 1998 and the second place at the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf 2008 show the extraordinary musical calibre of this ensemble. The Chamber Choir has managed to make quite a name for itself on the international scene, too. It was received enthusiastically by audiences and reviewers alike during its debut tour through the USA in 1983, with concerts in New York, Indianapolis and elsewhere. Its concert tours in many European countries, in Israel and Argentina as well as in South Africa and Namibia have also met with a similar response.

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A German Requiem
Ein deutsches Requiem Op.45
The "London Version" of the requiem to words of the Holy Scriptures,
sung in German, for 2 soloists, choir & four-hand piano, arranged by the composer
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor),
Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano), Josef Wagner (Baritone),
GrauSchumacher (Piano Duo: Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios

The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio ISRAEL IN EGYPT

G.F. Handel · ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Unedited version of the English Oratorio HWV 54 from 1739,
performed according to the traditions of the time
with Miriam Allan & Sarah Wegener (Soprano), David Allsopp (Altus, Countertenor),
Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Steffen Balbach & Daniel Raschinsky (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

Handel / Mozart · DER MESSIAS K.572
Reorchestration of Handel's English Oratorio HWV 56 "Messiah"
Oratorio in three parts by George Fr. Handel in the arrangement of Wolfgang A. Mozart
A performance according to the traditions of the time, sung in German,
with Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Margot Oitzinger (Alto),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marek Rzepka (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

George Frideric Handel - Oratorio JOSHUA

G.F. Handel · JOSHUA
Unedited version from 1748 of the English Oratorio HWV 64,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), David Allsopp (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio Messiah

G.F. Handel · MESSIAH
The complete recording of the English Oratorio HWV 56,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · BELSHAZZAR
The English Oratorio HWV 61 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Patrick van Goethem (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), André Morsch (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium SAMSON

G.F. Handel · SAMSON
The English Oratorio HWV 57 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Raimund Nolte (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium JEPHTHA

G.F. Handel · JEPHTHA
The English Oratorio HWV 70 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo-Soprano),
Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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G.F. Handel · SAUL
The English Oratorio HWV 53 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Michael Berner (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F.Händel: Oratorium JUDAS MACCABÄUS

G.F. Handel · JUDAS MACCABAEUS
The English Oratorio HWV 63 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano),
Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Musica Florea Prag, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

G.F. Handel - Oratorio SOLOMON

G.F. Handel · SOLOMON
The English Oratorio HWV 67 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Man lives and exists - Birth ~ Finiteness ~ Eternity

Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Man lives and exists
Der Mensch lebt und bestehet
Birth ~ Finiteness ~ Eternity
An a-cappella concert with works by Franz Biebl, Benjamin Britten, Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen,
Jan Sandström, Wolfram Buchenberg, Max Reger and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

Von morgens früh... und bis zur Nacht / Stundengebete - Maulbronner Kammerchor

The Maulbronn Chamber Choir
"From early dawn... until late at night"
A daily musical routine according to the tradition of horary prayers
with works by Orlando di Lasso, Joseph Rheinberger, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,
Rolf Schweizer, Johann H. Schein, Jozef Swider, Arvo Pärt, Sven D. Sandström, Max Reger.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday

Maulbronn Cantor Choir / Kantorei Maulbronn
Choir

The Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn) is the large oratorio choir of the monastery in Maulbronn. The choir was founded in 1948 as a federation of the Evangelic Church Choir Maulbronn and the choir of the Evangelic Seminar Maulbronn. In this tradition the choir is formed today with ambitious choral singers from the region and students and former students of the Seminar Maulbronn (gymnasium with boarding school). Over those many years of its existence the choir has performed the complete repertoire of popular oratorios and worked together with orchestras like the "Southwest-Radiosymphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg", the "Central German Chamber Orchestra", the "Southwest German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim" or the "Baden Philharmonic Orchestra". Soloists of these performances were artists like Barbara Schlick, Maya Boog, Sandra Moon, Sophie Daneman, Marga Schiml, Elisabeth von Magnus, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Aldo Baldin, Marc Clear, Markus Brutscher, Peter Lika (Bass), Gotthold Schwarz and Ludwig Güttler. The German television station ZDF broadcasted a portrait about the Choir, and the choir has participated in live radio recordings for the SDR, SWR, Deutsche Welle and Deutschlandfunk.

Giacomo Puccini - Messa di Gloria

Giacomo Puccini · Messa di gloria
Willi Stein (Tenor), Thomas Pfeiffer (Baritone),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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F. Mendelssohn - Oratorio ELIAS

Felix Mendelssohn · ELIJAH
Oratorio in two movements
Peter Lika (Bass), Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano),
Jolantha Michalska-Taliaferro (Alto), Hans Peter Blochwitz (Tenor),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

C.Gounod: Missa Solemnis & G.Rossini: Stabat Mater

Charles Gounod · Missa Solemnis
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano), Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro (Mezzo-Soprano),
Willi Stein (Tenor), Nikita Storojev (Bass),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

C.Gounod: Missa Solemnis & G.Rossini: Stabat Mater

Gioacchino Rossini · Stabat Mater (Oratorio)
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano), Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro (Mezzo-Soprano),
Willi Stein (Tenor), Nikita Storojev (Bass),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Max Bruch - Oratorio Moses

Max Bruch · MOSES
Oratorio in Four Parts
with Peter Lika (Bass), Birgitte Christensen (Soprano), Stefan Vinke (Tenor),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Russian Chamber Pilharmonic St. Petersburg:
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Mäder, Thorsten
Organ

Thorsten Mäder is a concert organist and winner of numerous competitions and various scholarships. He studied with Daniel Roth in Frankfurt, Halle and Paris. In addition to worldwide concerts and the recording of several CDs, Thorsten Mäder is an regular lecturer at masterclasses in Germany and abroad and, since 1999, Professor of artistic organ playing at the Hansei University in Seoul, South Korea.

Mertens, Klaus
Baritone Vocals

Meier, Heidi Elisabeth
Soprano Vocals

Photography by Josef-Stefan Kindler Heidi Elisabeth Meier is considered an exceptional phenomenon among up-and-coming soloists and can already look back on numerous successes in concerts, operas and song. The soprano, who was a member of the Bayerische Singakademie from an early age and completed her studies with honours under Adalbert Kraus at the academy of music in Munich, has performed in concert with the Münchener Symphoniker under Prof. Schneidt, the Münchener Bach-Chor under Christian Kabitz, the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Kent Nagano and the Ensemble für neue Musik. In 2003 she debuted at the Gärtnerplatz Theatre and elsewhere.

F. Mendelssohn - Oratorio ELIAS

Felix Mendelssohn · ELIJAH
Oratorio in two movements
Peter Lika (Bass), Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano),
Jolantha Michalska-Taliaferro (Alto), Hans Peter Blochwitz (Tenor),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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A German Requiem
Ein deutsches Requiem Op.45
The "London Version" of the requiem to words of the Holy Scriptures,
sung in German, for 2 soloists, choir & four-hand piano, arranged by the composer
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor),
Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano), Josef Wagner (Baritone),
GrauSchumacher (Piano Duo: Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Meyer, Miriam
Soprano Vocals

Photography by Josef-Stefan KindlerMiriam Meyer (Soprano)
The soprano Miriam Meyer was born in the German city of Osterode am Harz. After graduating from high-school, she started medical school in Hanover. In addition to that, she soon started studying vocal arts at the Hanover University of Music and Drama with W. Reimer. In 1997, she transferred to the University of Music in Lübeck as a student of Ulf Bästlein, where she received her diploma with distinction in spring 2002. She intensified her training by attending master classes by Renata Scotto, Irwin Gage, Charles Spencer, Kai Wessel, and Esther de Bros. Beside performances on the radio and on television Miriam Meyer gave numerous concerts, Lied recitals and oratorio performances throughout Germany and other European countries. At the Handel Festival in Halle in 2003, for example, Miriam Meyer's performance of the soprano solo in the oratorio "Messiah" with the Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre and the Lautten Compagney Berlin, conducted by Wolfgang Katschner, was a great success. At the Herrenchiemsee Festival of 2004, she made her debut as Susanna in "The Marriage of Figaro", conducted by Enoch zu Guttenberg. From 2002 to 2008, Miriam Meyer worked as a soloist at the Komische Oper Berlin with guest performances in Hong Kong, for example. In 2006 the soprano started cooperating very closely with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

Meyer, Hubert
Tenor Vocals

Michalska-Taliaferro, Jolanta
Mezzo-Soprano & Alto Vocals

F. Mendelssohn - Oratorio ELIAS

Felix Mendelssohn · ELIJAH
Oratorio in two movements
Peter Lika (Bass), Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano),
Jolantha Michalska-Taliaferro (Alto), Hans Peter Blochwitz (Tenor),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Mields, Dorothee
Soprano Vocals

Image by Josef-Stefan Kindler, www.kuk-art.comDorothee Mields is one of the leading interpreters of 17th- and 18th-century music and is beloved by audiences and critics alike for her unique timbre and moving interpretations. Her flawless technique and the ethereal clarity of her voice also make her ideally suited for works by contemporary composers. She appears regularly with the Collegium Vocale Gent, Bach Collegium Japan, Netherlands Bach Society, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, RIAS Kammerchor, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, Lautten Compagney and Klangforum Wien under such conductors as Stefan Asbury, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Beat Furrer, Paul Goodwin, Philippe Herreweghe, Gustav Leonhardt, Emilio Pomárico, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Masaaki Suzuki and Jos van Veldhoven.
Dorothee Mields is a welcome guest at international festivals, including the Leipzig Bach Festival, Suntory Music Foundation Summer Festival in Japan, Boston Early Music Festival, Flanders Festival, Vienna Festival, the Handel Festival in Halle and the Tanglewood Festival. A steadily growing discography with several award-winning recordings documents her artistic achievements. The artist studied in Bremen and Stuttgart and currently lives with her family near Hagen, Germany.

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Musica Sacra · Die Zeit "The period of time"
Songs, arias and instrumental music from the 17th and 18th century
by Johann Rist, Johann Schop (c.1590-1667), Nikolaus Adam Strungk (1640-1700),
Heinrich Scheidemann (c. 1595-1663), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
& Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Dorothee Mields (Soprano) & Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik:
Simone Eckert (Viola da gamba & Diskant-Viola da Gamba)
Ulrich Wedemeier (Theorbo), Michael Fuerst (Harpsichord)

Milanov, Rossen
Conductor

Rossen Milanov is one of two conductors of the New Symphony Orchestra Sofia. He currently works at academies and orchestras in the United States and Bulgaria. Mr. Milanov won many awards ("Orchestra of the Year 1998" for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, "Adventurous Programing" for originality in concert programing of the American Symphony Orchestras League a.o.) and teaches at the State Musical Academy Sofia, the Juilliard School New York and the Curtis Institute of Music Philadelphia.
He is the music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra - and: The New Symphony Orchestra Sofia. He toured with the Colorado Symphony, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Festival Orchestra, for example, and performed at the Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago), Recontres Musicales d´Evian (France) and the New Year´s Festival (Sofia). Mr. Milanov is cover conductor for Franz-Welser Most with the Cleveland Orchestra and member of the conducting facility of Juilliard School.

Monastery Baroque Orchestra
Orchestra

G.F.Händel: Oratorium SAMSON

G.F. Handel · SAMSON
The English Oratorio HWV 57 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Raimund Nolte (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Morsch, André
Bass Vocals

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G.F. Handel · BELSHAZZAR
The English Oratorio HWV 61 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Patrick van Goethem (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), André Morsch (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

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Müllerperth, Magdalena
Piano

Image by Josef-Stefan Kindler, K&K Verlagsanstalt18 year old pianist Magdalena Müllerperth excited audiences in many concerts in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Austria, The Czech Republic, France and Switzerland and was also invited to perform in Russia, Ukraine and the USA. In 2008 she performed there as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis. With an impressive recital program she gave her debut recital in 2009 at the Klosterkonzerte Maulbronn and the Liederhalle Stuttgart, Germany. In 2011 she performed Gershwins "Rhapsody in Blue" at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Magdalena Müllerperth, born in 1992 in Maulbronn, Germany, began piano lessons at the age of five. When she was seven, she became a student, and in 2003 junior student at the University of Music Karlsruhe, of the renowned Prof. Sontraud Speidel. From 2007 until 2010 she studied with Prof. Alexander Braginsky at Hamline University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. At the moment she is a student of the pianist Jerome Rose at Mannes College - The New School of Music in New York City. Since 1999, she earned many international prizes and awards, amongst others the First Prize at "Les Reoncontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes" in Belgium (2002), the First Prize and Premio della Critica (RAI) at the Concorso Europeo di Musica "Pietro Argento" in Italy (2004), a First Prize at the national competition "Jugend musiziert" (2005) and the First Prize at the Minnesota Orchestra, Young People's Symphony Concert Auditions in Minneapolis, USA (2008). Since 2007 Magdalena Müllerperth is "Youth Ambassadress of Music" of her hometown Maulbronn. For her outstanding achievements Magdalena Müllerperth was awarded scholarships from the Mayer Foundation, the Karin Riese Foundation, "Lichtenberger Musikpreis", the Kunststiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Foundation Deutsches Musikleben and the Richard Wagner Association.

Musica Florea Prague
Orchestra

G.F.Händel: Oratorium JUDAS MACCABÄUS

G.F. Handel · JUDAS MACCABAEUS
The English Oratorio HWV 63 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano),
Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Musica Florea Prag, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.


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New Symphony Orchestra Sofia
Orchestra

The New Symphony Orchestra Sofia was founded in 1991 by the music critic Julia Hristova, its current president. The orchestra was established as an alternative organisation to the state subsidized cultural institutions in Bulgaria. It recruits young musicians offering them professional field, where sharing their skills, new chances and opportunities to play music and create a flowering of more kinds of music in more people’s lives. Since 1997 the orchestra is directed by Rossen Milanov.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto D Major Opus 61
Mila Georgieva (violin) & The New Symphony Orchestra Sofia
Conductor - Rossen Milanov

Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies

Franz Schubert
Symphony No.8 b minor "The Unfinished"
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Symphony No.3 a minor Op. 56 "Scottish"
The New Symphony Orchestra Sofia · Conductor - Petko Dimitrov

Nolte, Raimund
Baritone Vocals

G.F.Händel: Oratorium SAMSON

G.F. Handel · SAMSON
The English Oratorio HWV 57 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Raimund Nolte (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Northoff, Ulrike
Organist


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Orpheus Quartet
String Quartet

Charles-André Linale (Violin), Emilian Piedicuta (Violin), Laurentiu Sbarcea (Cello), Emile Cantor (Viola)

Oitzinger, Margot
Alto Vocals

Handel / Mozart · DER MESSIAS K.572
Reorchestration of Handel's English Oratorio HWV 56 "Messiah"
Oratorio in three parts by George Fr. Handel in the arrangement of Wolfgang A. Mozart
A performance according to the traditions of the time, sung in German,
with Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Margot Oitzinger (Alto),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marek Rzepka (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.


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Paulsen, Melinda
Mezzo-Soprano Vocals

Petersen, Marlis
Soprano Vocals

Pfeiffer, Thomas
Baritone Vocals

Podger, Julian
Tenor Vocals

Plagge, Rolf
Piano

Pratschke, Sinéad
Soprano Vocals

The Power of Handel - Best of his glorious Oratorios

The Power of Handel · Oratorio Highlights
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha ~ Samson ~ Judas Maccabaeus ~ Saul ~ Belshazzar ~ Solomon ~ Messiah ~ Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir
and soloists such as Miriam Allan (Soprano), Nancy Argenta, Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke,
Melinda Paulsen, Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves, James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe (Bass) a.o.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Przytocki, Pawel
Conductor

Pawel Przytocki is one of the most talented and exciting young Polish conductors. He studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków, where he graduated with honors from the Faculty of Conducting (1985) under Professor Jerzy Katlewicz. He perfected his skills at the Bartok International Seminar with Peter Eötvös and with the Master Conducting Course at the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene with Helmuth Rilling. From 1983 to 1987, Przytocki collaborated with the Krakow Philharmonic and, since 1987, with the Grand Opera Theatre in Lodz. From 1988 to 1991, he worked as the Conductor and Music Director of the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra in Gdansk. In May 1990, he made his debut with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. Since 1995, he has worked with the Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia and, from 1995 to 1997, was Music Director of the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lódz. Przytocki is a regular guest conductor with orchestras throughout Poland as well as with the Budapest Concert Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico, Real Filharmonia de Galicia in Spain, Capella Istropolitana in Bratislava, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Ankara, Everett Symphony Orchestra in the United States and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava. His guest performances and concert tours have led him throughout Europe. Pawel Przytocki has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the Athens Festival, 1987, the Musikfest Stuttgart, 1988, the Flanders Festival, 1989, La Chaise-Dieu Festival, 1996, the Kissinger Sommer, 1998, the Bratislava Music Festival, 1999, the Prague Spring, 2001 and the Wratislavia Cantans, 2005. Since 2005, Przytocki has been the conductor for the National Opera in Warsaw. During the 2005/2006 and the 2006/2007 season at the National Opera, he conducted Aram Khachaturian's ballet, Spartacus (premiere -November 2005), Tchaikovsky's opera, "Oniegin", Verdi's, "La Traviata", Puccini's "La Boheme" and the ballet, "Oniegin" with choreography by John Cranko (premiere- April 2007). He has made archival recordings for Polish Radio and CDs for DUX, Aurophon and Point Classic. His recording of Rachmaninoff`s First Symphony, in 1991, has been recognized by the American "La Folia Music Review Magazine" as very special.The magazine labeled it one of the world`s five best recordings and compared it favorably to those of Carlos Kleiber and Svjatoslav Richter.

Purves, Christopher
Bass Vocals


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Raschinsky, Daniel
Bass Vocals

Reviol, Laurie
Soprano Vocals

Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg
Orchestra

Rutherford, James
Bass Vocals

Rzepka, Marek
Bass Vocals

Handel / Mozart · DER MESSIAS K.572
Reorchestration of Handel's English Oratorio HWV 56 "Messiah"
Oratorio in three parts by George Fr. Handel in the arrangement of Wolfgang A. Mozart
A performance according to the traditions of the time, sung in German,
with Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Margot Oitzinger (Alto),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marek Rzepka (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.


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Schäfer, Markus
Tenor Vocals

Handel / Mozart · DER MESSIAS K.572
Reorchestration of Handel's English Oratorio HWV 56 "Messiah"
Oratorio in three parts by George Fr. Handel in the arrangement of Wolfgang A. Mozart
A performance according to the traditions of the time, sung in German,
with Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Margot Oitzinger (Alto),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marek Rzepka (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Schubert High Four / Schubert hoch vier
Ensemble

Thomas Seyboldt (Piano), Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Hubert Mayer (Tenor), Hans Christoph Begemann (Bass), Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass), Frank Laffin (Baritone)

Schwarz, Gotthold
Bass Vocals

Photography by Josef-Stefan KindlerThe German bass-baritone Gotthold Schwarz, son of a cantor from Zwickau (Saxony), began his musical career as a member of the Thomanerchor Leipzig. He studied singing with Gerda Schriever and Peter Schreier (for example) and organ with Wolfgang Schetelich and Hannes Kästner. Since 1986 Gotthold Schwarz has been a lecturer at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig. Extensive international engagements as soloist have taken him, interalia, to the USA, Finland and Japan. In Germany he has been a guest at all famous festivals. His repertoire embraces a wide spectrum of concert and oratorio literature. He has taken part in numerous radio and record productions.

Seyboldt, Thomas
Piano

Stein, Willi
Tenor Vocals

Giacomo Puccini - Messa di Gloria

Giacomo Puccini · Messa di gloria
Willi Stein (Tenor), Thomas Pfeiffer (Baritone),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

C.Gounod: Missa Solemnis & G.Rossini: Stabat Mater

Charles Gounod · Missa Solemnis
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano), Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro (Mezzo-Soprano),
Willi Stein (Tenor), Nikita Storojev (Bass),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

C.Gounod: Missa Solemnis & G.Rossini: Stabat Mater

Gioacchino Rossini · Stabat Mater (Oratorio)
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Svetlana Strezeva (Soprano), Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro (Mezzo-Soprano),
Willi Stein (Tenor), Nikita Storojev (Bass),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.

Storojev, Nikita
Bass Vocals

Strezeva, Svetlana
Soprano Vocals

SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg, Members of
Orchestra

Giacomo Puccini - Messa di Gloria

Giacomo Puccini · Messa di gloria
Willi Stein (Tenor), Thomas Pfeiffer (Baritone),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.



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Thomas, David
Bass Vocals

Trio Fontenay
Piano Trio

Michael Mücke (Violin), Jens Peter Maintz (Cello), Wolf Harden (Piano)


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Ullmann, Marcus
Tenor Vocals

Photography by Josef-Stefan KindlererMarcus Ullmann (Tenor) studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden with Hartmut Zabel and Margaret Trappe-Wiel, later with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin and Marga Schiml in Karlsruhe. He began his career at Opera Houses including the State Operas in Dresden and Mainz, the Teatro La Fenice, the Opera House in Rome, Teatro Florence and the Los Angeles Opera, where he appeared successfully in most of the major Mozart-roles, in addition to staged versions of the "St John's Passion" and "B-Minor Mass" by Bach, as well as "The Creation" and "The Seasons" by Haydn. Conductors with whom he has worked include Marcus Creed, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmuth Rilling, Peter Schreier and Frieder Bernius for example. Beside his performances with choirs like the Dresden Kreuzchor and the Thomanerchor Leipzig and performances at many music festivals, Marcus Ullmann has given recitals in Tokyo, at the Wigmore Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Opera House Cairo.


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Van Goethem, Patrick
Countertenor Vocals

Varcoe, Stephen
Bass Vocals

Vinke, Stefan
Tenor Vocals

Vorraber, Franz
Piano

Born in Graz (Austria) - August 24, 1962 - Franz Vorraber has been fascinated by the piano since his early childhood. At the age of seven, he played the organ in church standing up - as he could hardly reach the pedals. At the age of thirteen, he was admitted to the piano class for exceptional students at the Music Conservatory in Graz, also learning the violin. The Viennese School in the tradition of Bruno Seidlhofer and the traditional German school of Wilhelm Kempff, handed down by Joachim Volkmann, dominated his study years. He has won many prizes for his skills on the piano. Here, just some of the awarders: the Austrian Culture Minister, the piano manufacturers Bösendorfer in Vienna and the city of Graz. He also won the Joachim Erhard prize. He completed his studies in Frankfurt and Graz receiving unanimously the highest awards.
His greatest project has been the cyclical performance of Robert Schumann's complete piano works in a total of twelve evenings in different cities in Europe and Japan. The press and the public have repeatedly acclaimed him as one of the most important interpreters of Schumann in our times. He has recorded these works on a series of thirteen CD's for which he was awarded Austrian Broadcasting's Pasticcio prize in 2006. Despite all these prizes, other criteria are pivotal in Franz Vorraber's concerts.
His enormous expressive force as a musician and his ability to expose the essential core of the music fascinate his public. He leaves his listeners emotionally moved. Since his debut in Tokyo at the age of 19, he has received many invitations to almost all the European countries, America and Japan, where he also holds master classes.


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Wegener, Sarah
Soprano Vocals

Wagner, Josef
Bass Vocals

Photography by Josef-Stefan KindlerThe musical education of the Austrian Bass-Baritone Josef Wagner, born in 1975, began with a membership in a boys' choir and with violin and piano lessons. Later he studied singing at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, where he was inspired by Paul Esswood, Walter Berry and Christa Ludwig. His current teacher is the tenor Wicus Slabbert. After the debut with "Don Alfonso" ("Così fan tutte" and Dulcamara ("Elisir d'amore") Josef Wagner became a member of the Vienna Volksoper in 2002. His repertoire includes "Figaro" in "Le nozze di Figaro", "Don Alfonso" and "Guglielmo" in "Cosi fan tutte", "Masetto" in "Don Giovanni", "Papageno" in "Die Zauberflöte" (Mozart), "Dulcamara" in "L'elisir d'amore" (Donizetti), "Publio" in "La clemenza di Tito" (Mozart), "Alidoro" in "La Cenerentola" (Rossini), "Colline" in "La boheme" (Puccini), "Philebos" in "Der König Kandaules" (Zemlinsky), "Fra Melitone" in "La forza del destino" (Verdi) and other roles. He performs at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Volksoper and the opera houses of Bern, Geneva, Ireland and Japan. At the Israeli Opera he sang Lord Sidney in Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini). In addition to his career as an opera singer Josef Wagner also performes as a concert singer. Thus he gave concerts under the conductors Ton Koopman, Dennis Russell Davies and Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna's Musikverein and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Wedemeier, Ulrich
Theorbo
Member of the Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik

Image by Josef-Stefan Kindler, www.kuk-art.comUlrich Wedemeier first studied classical guitar under Klaus Hempel at the University of Music and Theatre in Hanover. This was followed by the study of lute instruments under Stephen Stubbs. Besides performing as a soloist and a member of early music ensembles in international concerts, he also makes CD and radio recordings a regular focus of his work. Ulrich Wedemeier is much in demand as a guest at many opera houses. He is a specialist in historical guitars, playing rare 18th and 19th century original instruments.


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Zilberstein, Lilya
Piano

The path that Lilya Zilberstein has taken reflects the triumph of a calling, a dogged determination to overcome obstacles that would have shattered any other talent: the eighties in the USSR were times of overt, yet unofficial antisemitism.
Despite all the first prizes won at important Russian and Soviet competitions - at the Russian Federation's 1985 competition, for example - she was told in no uncertain terms that she was persona non grata at the Moscow Conservatory because of her Jewish origins. Permission to take part in international piano competitions was withheld, in particular when it came to the International Tchaikovsky Competition. The one exception to this in 1987 was more of a coincidence than anything else: she was given permission to take part in the Busoni Competition in Bozen. Her triumph there was a sensation, and five years passed before a first prize was ever awarded in Bozen again. Her debut in the West marked the turning point of Lilya's career, and experts in the music branch pricked up their ears. By August 1998, she had received the International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize in Siena. Holders of this award include Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Krystian Zimerman. Fast on the heels of this honour came extended tournées in numerous countries throughout Western Europe as well as an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
Since that time, Lilya Zilberstein has been a presence on the great stages of the world. In 1991, she debuted at the Berlin Philharmonic with Claudio Abbado conducting, which laid the foundations for repeated collaboration between them. She has participated in concerts with the most renowned international orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the orchestra of Milan's La Scala and many, many more. Besides Claudio Abbado, she has worked with conductors such as Paavo Berglund, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedossejew, Dmitrij Kitajenko, James Levine, Marcello Viotti, Hugh Wolff and Michael Tilson Thomast.
Deutsche Grammophon and Lilya Zilberstein have produced legendary CDs. A particular highlight is the benchmark recording of the Rachmaninov Piano Concertos with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic. And in addition to her career as a soloist, Lilya Zilberstein is a passionate performer of chamber music and works with the great soloists of the day. The piano duo of Martha Argerich and Lilya Zilberstein has been highly acclaimed all over the world for many a year now. Over and above this, she regularly goes on world tournées with violinist Maxim Vengerow. The international press agrees on one thing: there is no superlative too good for her! Lilya Zilberstein belongs firmly in the circle of those magical sorcerers of sound on the piano.