Lucie Skeaping visits southwestern Germany to meet members of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
The orchestra was founded in the mid 1980s by a group of musicians who had studied at the university and wanted to continue their tradition of period instrument performance.
Since then, Freiburg Baroque has developed a reputation as one of the world's leading early music ensembles, with monthly performances at their recently built home - the Freiburger Konzerthaus - and a touring schedule which has taken them as far afield as the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Argentina, Japan and South Korea.
The orchestra is still run in a very democratic way, with all of the players contributing to its musical development by suggesting new ideas and methods of playing.
Lucie is given a guided tour of the Freiburg's musical heritage by the ensemble's artistic director, Hans-Georg Kaiser, as well as talking to one of Freiburg Baroque's longest-serving members - oboist Katharina Arfken, and the soprano Carolyn Sampson, who has recently made her home in the city.
The music comes from Freiburg Baroque's extensive discography, and includes works by J.S.
Bach, Zelenka, Mozart, Bertali, C.P.E.
Bach and Haydn.
ZELENKA Concerto from 8 Concertanti in G major, ZWV.186 (3rd movement: Allegro)
Directed by Gottfried von der Goltz
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CPE BACH Sinfonie in B minor, Wq.182,5 (H.661)
Directed by Thomas Hengelbrock
DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI RD 77187
MOZART Pria di partir, oh dio!" from Idomeneo Act II, scene VII
Bernarda Fink (Idamante) / Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Elettra) / Richard Croft (Idomeneo)
Conducted by Rene Jacobs
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 902036.38
Disc 2, Track 14
JS BACH Concerto for oboe, violin, strings and continuo in D major, BWV.1060 (3rd movement: Allegro)
Katharina Arfken (oboe) / Gottfried von der Goltz (violin)
BERTALI Sonata a 5 in D "Tausend Gulden"
Freiburg Barockorchester Consort
HAYDN Sonata for violin and orchestra No.1, Hob.VIIa:1 (3rd movement: Presto)
Gottfried von der Goltz (violin and director)
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Lucie Skeaping visits southwestern Germany to profile the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra."