Benefizkonzert des Heidelberger Frühling

Dieser ganz besondere Benefizabend mitten im 25. Jubiläumsjahr des Heidelberger Frühling leuchtet im barocken Festmusikglanz – denn es wird royal! Die berühmtesten Komponisten des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts standen in den Diensten kunstsinniger Potentaten und hatten dank finanzieller Unterstützung von Königen und Kaisern die Möglichkeit, prächtige Werke für allerlei repräsentative Anlässe zu verfassen. Besonders prunkvolle Werke erklangen freilich zu den Krönungsfeierlichkeiten, allen voran im Rahmen der dazugehörigen Liturgie. Die bekanntesten Krönungskompositionen sind unbestritten Georg Friedrich Händels „Coronation Anthems“, die seit fast 300 Jahren bei der Einsetzung des britischen Monarchen in Westminster Abbey erklingen. Aber auch Georg Muffat und Antonio Caldara steuerten solemne Musik für diese ausufernden Feierlichkeiten bei.


Eine Veranstaltung der

Gefördert von der

In Kooperation mit der Kirchenmusik an der Jesuitenkirche Heidelberg.

CANCELLED – Isabelle Faust Ensemble

No intermission (concert duration about 100 min)

In cooperation with Universität Heidelberg

Vocalensemble Rastatt

„His sound is akin to pure gold,” writes the “American Record Guide” about the Vocalensemble Rastatt. The ensemble and its charismatic artistic director and conductor Holger Speck now belong among the best ensembles of their kind in the world. Compelling, faithful, and historically informed interpretations, laced with passion and emotion, characterise its performances. Home of the ensemble is the baroque city of Rastatt in Baden-­Würrttemberg with its magnificent baroque residence. The instrumental ensemble LES FAVORITES is the musical companion of the VOCALENSEMBLE RASTATT, performing on period instruments. The ensemble varies in size according to musical requirements, ranging from a small continuo group to a full-­‐sized baroque orchestra. It features such internationally acclaimed baroque specialists as Veronika Skuplik (Violin) and Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet). The ensemble is named after the playfully designed “Schloss Favorite” near Rastatt, the summer residence of the Duchess Sybilla Augusta of Baden. Alongside its dedication to a core repertoire of composers such as Monteverdi, Schütz, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, and Brahms, the VOCALENSEMBLE RASTATT & LES FAVORIT frequently explores new terrain with premiere performances. On the heels of its successes in national and international choir competitions, the ensemble has taken part in numerous CD, radio, and television productions for the SWR, Radio France, Deutschlandradio Kultur, and Deutschlandfunk. Internationally acclaimed CD recordings on the Carus Label include Händel “Israel in Egypt,” Brahms “Wach auf, meins Herzens Schöne,” Saint Saens “Oratorio de Noel,” Buxtehude “In dulci jubilo,” and Rheinberger “Christus factus est.” The VOCALENSEMBLE RASTATT & LES FAVORIT have performed in the Festspielhaus Baden-­Baden, the Musikfest Bremen, the Kölner Philharmonie, the SWR RheinVokal Festival, the Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Deutschlandradio Kultur Wartburgkonzerte, the Internationale Musiktage im Dom zu Speyer, the Philharmonie in Mulhouse, and the Centre de Musique “Les Dominicains” in Guebwiller, France, among other venues. The flexible choir does not shy away from excursions into the world of opera, having performed “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Norma” with Edita Gruberova. Fort the famous Mozart-­Galas in Festspielhaus Baden-­Baden, which are produced also for CD for the Label Deutsche Grammophon, the Vocalensemble Rastatt has sung the choral parts in Mozarts „Don Giovanni”, „Così fan tutte”, „Le nozze di Figaro“ and „Die Entführung aus dem Serail“. Together with Klaus Maria Brandauer and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the choir also performed Mendelssohn’s “Sommernachtstraum” at the Musikfest Bremen. The ensemble is sponsored by the German state of Baden-­Württemberg in co-­operation with its “Kunst 2020” program, as well as by its home city of Rastatt.

La Cetra

Founded in 1999 at the initiative of the then director of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Dr. Peter Reidemeister, the name of the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel is taken from Antonio Vivaldi’s violin concerto op. 9 “La Cetra” – the lyre. This is representative of the core repertoire of the orchestra, the Italian instrumental music of the 18th century. But La Cetra’s focus is not only on works for which the term “orchestra” is used for the first time – at the beginning of the 17th century with music by Claudio Monteverdi and his contemporaries – but encompasses the full spectrum of the Baroque and early Classical repertoire from Albinoni to Zelenka and of course works of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven.

Les Talens Lyriques

The Ensemble Les Talens Lyriques, taking its name from the subtitle of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera
Les Fêtes d’Hébé (1739), was formed in 1991 by the harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset.

Championing a broad vocal and instrumental repertoire, spanning the period from early Baroque to the beginnings of Romanticism, the musicians of Les Talens Lyriques aim to throw light on the great masterpieces of musical history, while providing perspective with rarer or little known works that are important as missing links in the European musical heritage. This musicological and editorial work, which contributes to its renown, is a priority for the ensemble.

The repertoire of Les Talens Lyriques includes works by Monteverdi (L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’Orfeo), Cavalli (La Didone, La Calisto), Landi (La Morte d’Orfeo), Handel (Scipione, Riccardo Primo, Rinaldo, Admeto, Giulio Cesare, Serse, Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano, Ariodante, Semele, Alcina, Agrippina, Saül), Lully (Persée, Roland, Bellérophon, Phaéton, Amadis, Armide, Alceste, Isis), Desmarest (Didon, Vénus et Adonis), Mondonville (Les Fêtes de Paphos), Cimarosa (Il Mercato di Malmantile, Il Matrimonio segreto), Traetta (Antigona, Ippolito ed Aricia), Jommelli (Armida abbandonata), Martin y Soler (La Capricciosa corretta, Il Tutore burlato), Mozart (Mitridate, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte), Salieri (La Grotta di Trofonio, Les Danaïdes, Les Horaces, Tarare, Armida), Rameau (Zoroastre, Castor et Pollux, Les Indes galantes, Platée, Pygmalion), Gluck (Bauci e Filemone, Alceste, Orphée et Eurydice), Beethoven, Cherubini (Médée), García (Il Califfo di Bagdad), Berlioz, Massenet, Gounod (Faust), Saint-Saëns, and others.

The re-creation of these works goes hand in hand with close collaboration with stage directors and choreographers: Pierre Audi, Jean-Marie Villégier, David McVicar, Eric Vigner, Ludovic Lagarde, Mariame Clément, Jean-Pierre Vincent, Macha Makeïeff, Laura Scozzi, Natalie van Parys, Marcial di Fonzo Bo, Claus Guth, Robert Carsen, David Hermann, Christof Loy, Jetske Mijnssen, Alban Richard, David Lescot or Phia Ménard.

Les Talens Lyriques explore not only opera, but other genres as well: secular madrigals, cantatas, airs de cour, symphonies, and the vast corpus of sacred music (masses, motets, oratorios, Leçons de Ténèbres and so on). Varying in size from just a handful of musicians to over sixty, representing every generation, the ensemble appears all over the world.

Les Talens Lyriques’ 2020-2021 season, ELLES, is to be a tribute to women. These various programmes have in common the fact of focusing on a female figure, as the main character in an opera or other work, and at the same time therefore on the female artist portraying that part. The Baroque and Classical periods are rich in strong, single-minded female figures. Courage, loyalty, devotion, unconditional love are virtues embodied by Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo and the Virgin Mary in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s St. John’s Passion and Händel’s Messiah. Armida (Armida by A. Salieri) and Venus (Ballet royal de la naissance de Vénus by J.B. Lully, La Naissance de Vénus by P. Collasse) are among the figures who never ceased to fascinate during the Baroque period with their magnetic charm and the power they wield through their very emancipation and their certainty of overcoming their prey, however warlike.

For this new season, Christophe Rousset calls in remarkable female performers: Ann Hallenberg (Music for a While), Sandrine Piau (Stabat Mater), Judith van Wanroij (Idomeneo) and many others.

The Ensemble’s rich discography comprises some sixty references on various labels (Erato, Fnac Music, Auvidis, Decca, Naïve, Ambroisie, Virgin Classics, Ediciones Singulares (Palazzetto Bru Zane), Outhere and Aparté). Les Talens Lyriques recorded the famous soundtrack for Gérard Corbiau’s film Farinelli (1994), which sold over a million copies. Released in September 2019, Gounod’s Faust (PBZ) has received numerous awards: Gramophone Choice, Presto Musical editor’s choice, Diapason d’or, Choc Classica 2019… Stefano Landi’s La Morte d’Orfeo, recorded at the Dutch National Opera, was released by Naxos in June 2020.

In 2020-2021, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques will be pleased to release recordings of masterpieces such as Mozart’s Betulia liberata (Aparté), Armand-Louis Couperin’s pièces de clavecin (Aparté), and Salieri’s Armida (Aparté).

Since 2007 the musicians of the ensemble have been working on a project aimed at introducing schoolchildren to music through a programme of ambitious artistic actions and innovative educational initiatives. They are in residence in schools in Paris and the Paris region (Île-de-France), where they have created an orchestra class and a small choir, known as “Le petit chœur des Talens”. The three t@lenschool educational applications (downloadable free of charge) have met with much enthusiasm and have received several national and international awards.

The ensemble Les Talens Lyriques receives subsidies from the French Ministry of Culture – DRAC Île-de-France, the City of Paris, and generous support from its Circle of Patrons. The ensemble wishes to thank its principal Patrons, the Annenberg Foundation / GRoW – Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten, Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet, and Mécénat Musical Société Générale.

Since 2011 Les Talens Lyriques have been associate artists, in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris.

Les Talens Lyriques are founding members of FEVIS (Federation of Specialised Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles) and of PROFEDIM (Professional Union of Music Producers, Festivals, Ensembles, and Independent Distributors).

LGT Young Soloists

The award-winning string ensemble LGT Young Soloists is made up of highly gifted young soloists from age 14 to 23 and brings together musicians from more than 15 nations. The members of the LGT Young Soloists play about 30 concerts every year and have won more than 80 prizes in national and international competitions. The project LGT Young Soloists gives top-class young instrumentalists the opportunity to perform regularly on the world’s leading stages as soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians, enthralling audiences with their highly professional playing: “If you didn’t know that young teenagers are playing here, you would think you were in the midst of a top ensemble,” das orchester wrote in 2017. The project supports young musicians in their artistic development, as well as strengthens their responsibility in general issues of life.

The 2019/2020 season includes highlights such as the ensemble’s debuts at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie Berlin, Bangkok and Jakarta, as well as performances at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, Vienna’s Musikverein, Victoria Hall in Singapore, New World Center Miami, the Kaufman Music Center in New York and a tour through South Africa with concerts in Johannesburg, Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

The past two seasons saw the LGT Young Soloists perform at some of the world’s most renowned festivals, such as the Merano Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Dresden Music Festival, Abu Dhabi Classics and the Tainan Arts Festival. Further highlights have been their appearances at the Tonhalle Zurich, De Doelen Rotterdam, Gasteig Munich, St. John’s Smith Square London, Robert-Schumann-Saal Dusseldorf and aboard the MS Europa 2.

Only two years after they were founded, the LGT Young Soloists were the world’s first youth orchestra to record for Sony Music/RCA. The ensemble’s discography already includes four albums, Souvenir being the most recent with encore pieces by composers like Piazzolla, Kreisler, Massenet and many more. Their 2018 album Nordic Dream is dedicated to works by Scandinavian composers, acclaimed by the media and nominated for the Opus Classical Award in three categories. “Here is an ensemble consisting mostly of teenagers that is overtaking seasoned professionals” (BR-Klassik CD-Tipp on May 11, 2018). The American Record Guide of July/August 2018 wrote: “The performances are uniformly first class, with good ensemble and refined tone quality. Their interpretations bring out the best in the music and then some, as in the deep expressivity of the Svendsen Romance.” The albums Russian Soul (2017), Italian Journey (2015) and a live concert recording on DVD with C Major Entertainment (2017) conclude the ensemble’s discography.

The violinist and pedagogue Alexander Gilman and the pianist Marina Seltenreich partnered with LGT Private Banking in 2013 to unite top-class young soloists in one ensemble.

Ensemble Artaserse

In 2002, after long collaboration in the most prestigious baroque ensembles in France and Europe, several musicians decided to form the Ensemble Artaserse. Those friends were Christine Plubeau (viola da gamba), Claire Antonini (theorbe), Yoko Nakamura (harpsichord and organ) and, of course, Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor). They gave in october 2002 a first and highly-acclaimed concert in the Theatre du Palais-Royal in Paris, with the Musiche a voce sola by the Italian composer Benedetto Ferrari. This music was immediately recorded and released by the French label Ambroisie, receiving then very prestigious awards (Diapason-decouverte by the magazine Diapason, 10 de Classica-Repertoire, Timbre de diamant by the magazine Opera International etc.).

With this ability to adapt to numerous repertoires including music by Antonio Vivaldi, George Friedric Handel, Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli, the ensemble performed progressively in the most famous venues and festivals in France, such as the Festivals of Ambronay, Sablé, Pontoise, Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache, Festival de Musique Ancienne de Lyon, Salle Gaveau, the Auditorium du Louvre and the Théatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Château de Versailles, the Bordeaux Opera, the Nancy Opera etc.

Abroad, Ensemble Artaserse have been invited to perform in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, in the Escurial in Madrid, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia or the Festival of Santiago de Compostelles (Spain), the Festival of the Azores (Portugal), the Prague Festival of ancien music, the South Bank Center and the Barbican Center in London, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie, Prinzregententheater in Munich, and the Philharmonie Hall in Krakow (Poland)etc.

The ensemble’s discography includes Benedetto Ferrari’s Musiche a voce sola (Ambroisie-Naïve) and two very acclaimed albums for Virgin Classics: Virtuoso cantatas by Vivaldi and “Beata Vergine” with 17th century Italian music devoted to the Virgin Mary (Timbre de Platine of Opera International etc).

In 2010/2011, Ensemble Artaserse made their debuts at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees with Philippe Jaroussky and Andreas Scholl. They have performed also in Barbican of London and in Bozar in Brussels. A very important tour took place in June 2010 (Stockholm in Sweden, the Festivals of Haut-Jura, Saint-Michel, Angers, Froville and Nantes). In July 2011, the ensemble had a tour in Germany with Philippe Jaroussky for the first time.

In autumn 2014, Philippe Jaroussky was on tour with ensemble Artaserse because of the release of his new CD devoted to Vivaldi Motets. For the first time, Philippe Jaroussky and Artaserse were in South America (Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima, and Mexico). They also performed in Europe in Paris, Lyon, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, London, and Berlin.

Highlights of last season were the tour “Idolo Mio” in June 2017, in which the ensemble, together with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, devoted themselves to secular vocal music of Monteverdi, as well as the tour with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and a Handel program.

In the season 2018/2019, Ensemble Artaserse tours again with Philippe Jaroussky and a program including Cavalli and Monteverdi across Europe. In Germany, they will perform with this program in Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich, Essen, Rheingau, Neumarkt and Bad Kissingen.

Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers

Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers is a synonym for authentic interpretation of popular music of the swing era, i.e. music dating back to the beginning of the 1930s to swing’s heights in early 1940s.

Their variegated repertory includes a broad spectrum of attractive tunes, sweet and hot, ranging from Hollywood musicals to big bands’s top swing numbers.

A concert is more than that; it is a show designed in the minutest detail to emulate the typical manners of those times, complete with the costumes and hairdos, and rounded off by overall direction of the performance.

Les Forces Majeures

Das Kammermusikensemble Les Forces Majeures wurde von dessen Leiter Raphaël Merlin gegründet, der zudem Cellist des Quatuor Ébène ist. Das Musikerkollektiv zeichnet sich durch seine intensive musikalische Arbeit und die Auseinandersetzung in der Gruppe aus. Neugierig und mutig engagieren sich die Musiker und tragen mit ihren kammermusikalischen Fähigkeiten dazu bei, dass das Repertoire um selten aufgeführte Werke erweitert wird.

Das Kollektiv deckt in Besetzungen vom Kammermusikensemble bis zum Orchester ein breites Repertoire von der Klassik bis zur Gegenwart ab. Es widmet sich bewusst keiner musikalischen Nische, eine Seltenheit im Musikbereich, und ist ebenso in symphonischen Werken wie in Opern zu Hause. Seine Mission ist es, außergewöhnliche Künstler zusammenzubringen, um gemeinsam anspruchsvolle Programme zu entwickeln und diese dem Publikum in höchster interpretatorischer Qualität darzubieten.

Les Forces Majeures gaben ihre ersten Konzerte im August 2014 im Rahmen des Festival du Haut Limousin, wo sie den Pianisten Nicholas Angelich und die Mezzosopranistin Karine Deshayes begleiteten. Im Juni 2015 nahm das Ensemble sein erstes Album mit Werken von Gioachino Rossini auf. Im selben Jahr arbeitete das Ensemble mit dem japanischen Geiger Sayaka Shoji und der französischen Geigerin Sarah Nemtanu zusammen und gab sein Paris-Debüt in der Kathedrale von Saint-Louis des Invalides. Für ihr zweites Album, erschienen bei Erato/Warner, spielten Les Forces Majeures mit dem jungen Cellisten Edgar Moreau 2018 die Cellokonzerte von Jacques Offenbach und Friedrich Gulda ein.

Besondere Anliegen für Les Forces Majeures sind einerseits die Teilhabe des Publikums und andererseits der Einsatz für die Umwelt. Sie nutzen das musikalische Geschehen, um sich als Bürger über die sozialen und ökologischen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit zu äußern. So starteten sie im Jahr 2018, während einer Residenz an der Vichy-Oper, eine Fahrradtour von Vichy nach Clermont-Ferrand, auf der sie vier Konzerte gaben. So nutzt das Orchester die Kraft der Musik, um seine verantwortungsvolle Haltung auf offene Art zu demonstrieren.


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