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Concerto Köln - Concerto Koeln
Biography, history and CDs
M
annheim: The Golden Age
Teldec, 2000. Get the CD from Amazon.de.
Concerto Köln
 
Concerto Köln was founded in 1985 by graduates from several European music conservatories. Its members all specialize in performing on period instruments and came together with the aim of rediscovering 17th and 18th century orchestral and operatic music on the basis of historical performing practice. Concerto Köln helped rediscover forgotten composers like Joseph Martin Kraus, Antonio Locatelli and Johann Baptist Vanhal.
 
The ensemble receives no state funding and is a self-governing body. Depending on the works performed and the forces involved, it also operates without a conductor in its desire to create a close, chamber-like sense of ensemble. The group's artistic director is Werner Ehrhardt.
 
The impressive list of awards won by Concerto Köln
 
1999 Premio Internazionale del Disco "Antonio Vivaldi" for Dall'Abaco Concerti (3984-22166-2); 1998 Jan 10 de Répertoire for Rosetti, Symphonies II (0630-18301-2); 1997 Dec Diapason d'Or for Rosetti, Symphonies II (0630-18301-2); 1997 Sep Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Vierteljahresliste 3 / 97 for Mendelssohn: Complete String Symphonies (0630-17433-2); 1997 May 10 de Répertoire for Mendelssohn: String Symphonies (0630-13138-2); 1996 Cannes Classical Awards - Best 18th Century Recording for Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 9 &17 (4509-98412-2); Cannes Classical Awards - Best 17th/18th Century Orchestral Music Recording for Rosetti Symphonies (4509-98420-2); 1996 Dec 10 de Répertoire for Vanhal Symphonies (0630-13141-2); 1996 Dec Diapason d'Or for Vanhal Symphonies (0630-13141-2); 1996 June 10 de Répertoire for Mendelssohn String Symphonies (4509-98435-2); 1996 Feb Diapason d'Or for Mozart Piano Concertos (4509-98412-2); 1996 Jan 10 de Répertoire, for Mozart Piano Concertos (4509-98412-2).
 
Among the recent valuable CDs by Concerto Köln: Mendelssohn: String Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 & 10. Wea/Teldec, July 1999. Get it from Amazon.com.
 
New CD by Concerto Köln: Mannheim. The Golden Age

(Teldec 3984283662)
 
On the CD Mannheim: The Golden Age the Concerto Köln under the direction of Werner Ehrhardt have dedicated themselves to the lightweight and at the same time representative music at the court of Carl Theodor of the Palatinate (1724-1799). His court orchestra was and is considered the most famous ensemble of the 18th century. Founded by Johann Wenzel Stamitz (1717-1757), the Mannheim Orchestra was praised by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock and Christoph Martin Wieland as well as by the English musical journalist Charles Burney (1773): "I found it to be indeed all that its fame had made me expect: power will naturally arise from a great number of hands; but the judicious use of this power, on all occasions, must be the consequence of good discipline; indeed there are more solo players, and good composers in this, than perhaps in any other orchestra in Europe..." The young Mozart himself studied the art of ochestration with concert-master Christian Cannabich (1731-1798) in Mannheim. On the CD Mannheim: The Golden Age you can find works by Christian Cannabich, by Johann Stamitz and his oldest son, Carl (1745-1801), by the pupil of Johann Stamitz and cellist of the court orchestra, Anton Fils (1733-1760), as well as by Ignaz Fränzl (1736-1811). Although the style at the court of Mannheim seems to us at times unsophisticated, awkward and wooden, especially compared to the works of Mozart, we should not forget that they were the avant garde of their era and that they laid down the foundation for future developments such as by Mozart. Once more, Concerto Köln offer as an important piece of music history.
 
 

 

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