Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Ensemble

The instrumentation of the Scharoun Ensemble is always changing, and yet its sound is unmistakeable, characterized by a grandeur that is audible even in the softest passages. The group is named after the architect of the Philharmonie in Berlin, and its eight members create an equally unique, welcoming architecture in their innovative programs. Early music is unearthed, new compositions given essential context.
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Founded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scharoun Ensemble is one of Germany’s leading chamber-music organizations. With its wide repertoire, ranging from composers of the Baroque period by way of Classical and Romantic chamber music to contemporary works, the Scharoun Ensemble has been inspiring audiences in Europe and overseas for more than a quarter of a century. Innovative programming, a refined tonal culture and spirited interpretations are hallmarks of the ensemble, which performs in a variety of instrumental combinations.
The permanent core of the Scharoun Ensemble is a classical octet (clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello and double bass), apart from Wolfram Brandl and Claudio Bohorquez they are made up entirely of members of the Berlin Philharmonic.
When called for, the ensemble brings in additional instrumentalists as well as noted conductors. The Scharoun Ensemble has prepared and presented various programmes under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez. It has also performed with singers including Thomas Quasthoff, Simon Keenlyside and Barbara Hannigan, and, for interdisciplinary projects, the ensemble has engaged such artists as Fanny Ardant, Loriot and Dominique Horwitz.
Bridging the gap between tradition and the modern is the Scharoun Ensemble’s principal artistic focus. It has given world premieres of many 20th- and 21st-century compositions while dedicating itself with equal passion to the interpretation of works from past centuries. Among the cornerstones of its repertoire are Franz Schubert’s Octet d803, with which the ensemble made its public debut in 1983, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Septet Op.20.
Cultivating an active contact with today’s composers has been a matter of special interest to the Scharoun Ensemble since its inception. György Ligeti, Hans Werner Henze, Pierre Boulez, György Kurtág and Wolfgang Rihm have accompanied the group on its artistic journey, as have composers of the younger generation including Jörg Widmann and Matthias Pintscher.
Complementing the Scharoun Ensemble’s brisk international concert activity is its annual residence at and artistic directorship of the Zermatt Festival, founded in 2005. Along with concerts by major artists, each summer’s festival includes musical workshops offering young musicians the chance to work with the members of the Scharoun Ensemble.
Lending his name to the Scharoun Ensemble is the architect of its musical home. In designing the Berlin Philharmonie, Hans Scharoun (1893-1972) created a concert hall that was unique in the world, undertaking a synthesis between innovation and awareness of tradition and opening up new approaches to artistic communication – ideals to which the Scharoun Ensemble is also committed.

2018 / 2019
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2019 / 2020
Programme I

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581

Schubert: Octet in F major, D 803

Programme II

Françaix: Octet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Strings

Dvořák: Terzetto, Op. 74

Dvořák: Suite in A major, Op. 98 b

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Discography

Henze
Hans Werner Henze
Kammermusik 1958 «In lieblicher Bläue»
Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesänge

Andrew Staples - Tenor
Markus Weidmann - Bassoon
Jürgen Ruck - Guitar
Daniel Harding - Conductor

Dvorák
Antonin Dvorák
Bagatelles, Op. 47
Terzetto, Op. 74
String Quintet, Op. 77

Schubert
Franz Schubert
Octet in F major, D 803

Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven
Septet E-flat major, Op. 20
Sextet E-flat major, Op. 71

Mozart / Brahms
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581

Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Quintett in B minor, Op. 115

Karl-Heinz Steffens - Clarinet

Frank Martin
Frank Martin (1890-1974)
“Le vin herbé”

Sandrine Piau - Soprano
Steve Davislim - Tenor
Jutta Böhnert - Soprano
RIAS Kammerchor
Daniel Reuss - Conductor

Schubert
Franz Schubert
Night songs

Birgit Remmert - Alto
Werner Güra - Tenor
Philip Mayers - Piano
RIAS Kammerchor
Marcus Creed - Conductor

Mahler
Gustav Mahler
“Das Lied von der Erde” (arr. for chamber orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg, completed by Rainer Riehn)

Cornelia Kallisch - Alto
Christian Elsner - Tenor
Franz Welser-Möst - Conductor

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