After its jubilee season 2012/13, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra looks back on an unprecedented twenty-five year history of success. From its student beginnings, within a few years an internationally sought-after orchestra was created, regular guests in the most important concert halls and opera houses. Intermusica is proud and privileged to have had a long standing touring relationship and collaboration with this orchestra.
The FBO’s very special sound is frequently praised, as is the variety of its repertoire – from early Baroque to the present. The ensemble takes this sound from Freiburg to its European neighbours, to North and South America, to Asia and even to Australia and New Zealand. Since May 2012, the “Freiburgers”, together with their colleagues of the ensemble recherche, have an internationally unique home: the Freiburg Ensemble House, a musical workshop and incubator for new ideas for two top ensembles in historical and contemporary music under one roof.
The Freiburgers’ artistic credo, however, remains unchanged: the creative curiosity of each of them, with the intention of playing a composition in as lively and as expressive a manner as possible. This also involves own members playing demanding solo concerts. Cultivated and simultaneously rousing ensemble playing has thus become an international trade mark.
The FBO collaborates with important artists such as René Jacobs, Andreas Staier, Isabel Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Christian Gerhaher, and has a close alliance with the French label Harmonia mundi France. The artistic success of this musical partnership is reflected in numerous CD productions and the receipt of prominent awards, such as the recent Germany’s ECHO Classical Music Award in 2014 and 2013 and Edison Classical Music Award 2013, the ECHO Classical Music Award 2012 14, Gramophone Award 2012, Edison Classical Music Award 2012, Gramophone Award 2011, Germany’s ECHO Classical Music Award 2011 and the German Record Critics’ Annual Award 2009.
Under the artistic directorship of its two concert-masters Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Müllejans, and under the baton of selected conductors, the FBO presents itself with about one hundred performances per year in a variety of formations from chamber to opera orchestra: a self-administrated ensemble with its own subscription concerts at Freiburg’s Concert Hall, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, and Berlin’s Philharmonie and with tours all over the world.
FBO与勒内·雅各布斯,安德里亚斯·史戴尔, 伊莎贝尔·福斯特, Kristian 克里斯蒂安·贝竹登霍特以及克里斯蒂安·格哈尔等著名艺术家有着紧密合作，并且与法国Harmonia mundi唱片公司有着紧密的合作关系。这段成功的合作反映在FBO 难以计数的唱片发行和国际大奖的获得中，比如2012，2013和2014年的德国回声古典音乐大奖，2012、2013年爱迪生古典音乐奖，2011、2012留声机音乐奖，2009年德国乐评年度奖等。
28 April 2017
Lotte Hall, Seoul
30 April 2017
Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai
Intermusica was delighted to tour Freiburg Baroque Orchestra back to Wigmore Hall in London with Kristian Bezuidenhout.
Haydn: Symphony No. 47 in G
CPE Bach: Concerto in D minor Wq 17
JC Bach: Symphony in G minor, Op. 6 No. 6
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat K449
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra & Kristian Bezuidenhout (director, fortepiano)
22 September 2016
Wigmore Hall, London
Mozart with Christian
1. Satz Adagio – Allegro spiritoso 'Linzer' Sinfonie C-Dur KV 425
Arie „Metà di voi qua vadano“aus Don Giovanni KV 527
2. Satz Andante 'Linzer' Sinfonie C-Dur KV 425
Arie „Non siate ritrosi“ aus Così fan tutte KV 588
Arie "Ah pietá Signiori miei" aus Don Giovanni KV 527
3. Satz Menuetto 'Linzer' Sinfonie C-Dur KV 425
Rezitativ „Tutto è disposto“ und Arie „Aprite un po’ quegli occhi“ aus „Le nozze di Figaro“ KV 492
4. Satz Presto 'Linzer' Sinfonie C-Dur KV 425
Konzert A-Dur für Klarinette und Orchester KV 622
Arie „Madamina, il catalogo è questo“ aus „Don Giovanni“ KV 527
Arie „Non più andrai farfallone amoroso“ aus Le nozze di Figaro KV 492
Kontretanz „Les filles malicieuses“ KV 610
Rezitativ „Hai gia vinta la causa!“ und Arie „Vedrò mentre io sospiro“ aus Le nozze di Figaro KV 492
15 – 29 February 2016
15 February, Cologne
17 February, Vienna
18 February, Budapest
25 February, New York
26 February, Cornell
29 February, Dublin
This monumental project visited Shanghai Concert Hall and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts on the 2 and 4 June 2015. The tour saw the orchestra and Rene Jacobs collaborate with two local choruses in each city - Shanghai Opera Chorus and NCPA Beijing chorus – a collaboration which is a first for any western baroque orchestra to embark upon. Furthermore, this was the first time a western baroque ensemble had performed Don Giovanni in China.
Johannes Weisser, Don Giovanni
Marcos Fink, Leporello
Jeremy Ovenden, Don Ottavio
Birgitte Christensen, Donna Anna
Alex Penda, Donna Elvira
Sunhae Im, Zerlina
Tareq Nazmi, Masetto & Commendatore
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Rene Jacobs, Conductor
Petra Müllejans, Leader
2 June 2015
Concert, Shanghai Concert Hall
4 June 2015
Concert, Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts
Intermusica welcomed the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra back to the UK for a three-concert tour of an all-Mozart programme, beginning on 12 November. The orchestra performed at Bath Mozartfest (12 November), London's Wigmore Hall (13 November) and Oxford Sheldonian Theatre (14 November).
Regarded as one of the finest period instrument ensembles in the world today, the orchestra were led by German violinist Gottfried von der Goltz and were joined by Spanish bassoonist Javier Zafra, who performed Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B flat major. Furthermore acclaimed fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout performed Piano Concerti K.413 (Bath) and 414 (London and Oxford).
Last year the orchestra and Bezuidenhout collaborated on an ECHO-award winning recording of Mozart's piano Concerti K.453 and 482, which was released on Harmonia Mundi. The programme was completed by Serenata Notturna, Divertimento in F major and Symphony No.33 in B flat major.
"One of the foremost, and arguably the most brilliant, of today's fortepiano players."
Times, on Kristian Bezuidenhout
"The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was superb. Its textures were animated, its tuning perfect and its sense of drama compelling."
"The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, familiar from... opera recordings and other notable projects, may be the liveliest ensemble now on the international early-music scene."
New York Times
The tour started in Guanajuato on 16 October with a masterclass at the Teatro Juarez, and then headed to the far east of the country to perform at Merida’s Teatro Peon Contreras. The penultimate concert saw the orchestra perform in the plaza of Puebla’s Art Museum on 21 October and the final concert of the tour took place at the Palacio Belles Artes in Mexico City on 23 October.
During the project the orchestra participated in Masterclasses with local students in Guanajuato, and their first concert of the tour in same city on 17 October was broadcast live on the festival’s official website as well as through the festival’s own radio and television channel.
"Listening while reading along with the score, I was reminded time and again that Telemann’s music is extraordinarily good, and amazed at the quality of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra’s performances. This is an unmitigated joy."
David Vickers, Gramophone, January 2011
"After hearing all four hours of this music several times, though, I can say without hesitation that if you want 'original' instruments, this set fully lives up to the highest expectations. Of its kind, there is non better."
David Hurwitz, Classics Today, November 2010
Intermusica was delighted to tour the Freiburger Barockorchester to the UK for two performances in London and Birmingham back in May 2013.
The ensemble closed the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music at St John Smiths Square on the 18 May with Anne Katharina Schreiber directing from the violin. Celebrating Baroque music and the ocean, the orchestra was joined by British soprano Carolyn Sampson who performs operatic arias by Handel and Vivaldi. Complementing this, the FBO also performed orchestral water music by Telemann and Vivaldi.On the 19 May, the orchestra travelled to Birmingham Town Hall to perform a smaller programme including Bach’s Concerto for three Violins and Vivaldi’s Sinfonia for Strings in A.
“Listening while reading along with the score, I was reminded time and again that Telemann’s music is extraordinarily good, and amazed at the quality of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra’s performances. This is an unmitigated joy.”
David Vickers, Gramophone, January 2011
Intermusica was delighted to tour the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra on a three-part tour to Adelaide, Shanghai and Beijing in March 2012.Widely regarded as the finest period instrument ensemble in the world today, the orchestra performed in the opening weekend of the Adelaide Festival and then travelled to China to perform at the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing (7 March) and Shanghai Concert Hall (9 March).
Play-directed by the acclaimed baroque virtuoso violinist Gottfried von der Goltz, the tour marked the orchestras debut performances in all three cities. The ensemble presented two programmes throughout: JS Bach’s complete orchestral suites and works by Telemann, Handel and JS Bach’s cousin Johann Bernhard Bach (which is exclusive to Adelaide).
Performing programmes of Haydn and Mozart, the ensemble’s performances in New Zealand were preceded by a pair of concerts at the 38th Hong Kong Arts Festival, where Jacobs also gave his conducting debut. Natural horn player Teunis Van der Zwart and emerging fortepiano player Sebastian Wienard performed Haydn and Mozart concerti.
The tour also involved master-classes and education collaborations with students from Baptist University Hong Kong and Wellington University, New Zealand.
“Rene Jacobs conducted the FBO with a mixture of driven energy and genuine sensuality. The playing was exceptional”
“The liveliest ensemble now on the international early music scene”
New York Times
Intermusica toured Freiburg Baroque Orchestra to the USA and Canada in July 2008, for three exciting performances at the renowned Tanglewood Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival as well as Le Festival International de Lanaudière, near Montreal, Canada. Soloists included the baritone Christian Gerhaher, whose debut it was with the FBO, critically acclaimed keyboard player Kris Bezouidenhout, clarinetist Lorenzo Coppola and horn player Teunis van der Zwart. Gerhaher and Bezouidenhout made their debut performances at the Lincoln Center in this eclectic all-Mozart programme which included the Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466 and “Non più andrais” from Le Nozze di Figaro.
“Rhythmic brio, crisp articulation and an engaging sense of adventure.” The New York Times
“Gerhahers tone is unfailingly beautiful and perfectly transparent.” The Guardian
“He played Mozart so purely, so heroically, with so much nuance, so elegantly, so surprisingly and so expressively...like an inspired conductor of opera he [Kristian Bezoudenhoit] brought each and every character of Mozart's score to life.”
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra travelled to Athens in February 2009 with counter-tenor Christophe Dumaux to perform an all-Handel programme including a selection of operatic arias. This marked a return to the city for the Ensemble who performed the Messiah in Athens in 2005.
Following their successful debut tour of South Korea to Tonyeong, Seoul and Goyang with soloist Carolyn Sampson the Freiburger Barockorchester made a return to London's Barbican in April 2008. Joined by mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink they performed an all-Bach programme following the last-minute cancellation of Thomas Quasthoff.
"Supported by outstanding orchestral playing, this performance was an absolute joy."
"Conductor-less and standing up throughout, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, with never more than 16 players on the platform at any one time, played with practised refinement...The concerto for violin and oboe, featuring the orchestra's leader Katharina Schreiber and its outstanding oboist Katharina Arfken, was the orchestral highlight of the concert..."
A joint concert at the Proms saw the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the world's leading baroque orchestras join forces to perform a lively programme focusing on the works of Handel, including his famous Music for the Royal Fireworks. This unique partnership appeared together for the first time in Spring 2007 at the Aldeburgh Festival, and was reprised at the Proms with the addition of Ian Bostridge as soloist.
"The Freiburg ensemble were by turns sumptuous and dynamic with an enviable palette of beautiful colours."