ENSEMBLE POLYHARMONIQUE

ENSEMBLE

Performing on :
2024

Ensemble Polyharmonique is a collective of singers from the versatile EARLY MUSIC scene of Europe. The vocal music of the Renaissance and the Baroque era form the core repertoire of the ensemble. Taking historical performance practice into account, the ensemble combines ideas from German and Franco-Flemish vocal culture to lively poetic interpretations. The basic ensemble includes 6 vocal soloists a cappella or accompanied by the basso continuo and can vary depending on the programme (4-16 singers).

Invitations to festivals all over Europe speak for the international appreciation of Ensemble Polyharmonique. These include the Musikfest ION Nuremberg, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Bachfest Leipzig, Meer Stemmig Gent, Musica Divina Mechelen, Les Nuits de Septembre Liège, the Trigonale Klagenfurt, the Thüringer Bachwochen, the Händelfestspiele Halle, the Tage der Alten Musik Regensburg, the Heinrich Schütz Musikfest, the Köthener Bachfesttage and many more.

For the repertoire with instrumental accompaniment, such as the oratorios, masses and cantatas by J.S. Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers or the Messiah by G.F. Händel, renowned baroque orchestras could be won as partners, among them the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, das Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Holland Baroque, L’arpa festante, Arte dei Suonatori, {oh!} Orkiestra from Katowice and the La Folia Barockorchester.

In addition to the well-known repertoire of EARLY MUSIC, the Ensemble Polyharmonique is dedicated to discovering unknown works of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Ensemble Polyharmonique consists of renowned experts in 17th and 18th-century music. Together with the music dramaturge Dr. Oliver Geisler, it developed the idea of interpreting Heinrich Schütz’ Auferstehungshistorie in a contemporary manner, staging it as a music film. Encouraged by Schütz’ own phrase, “…das Werck für die Hand zu nehmen…“ (…to take the work in hand), they have found an entirely new approach to this baroque masterwork: today’s viewers are confronted with the ways they deal with doubt, hope, consolation, fear and unbridled happiness. (link)

In March 2023, the accompanying soundtrack “Historia der Auferstehung Christi – SWV 50” by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) was published by accentus music.

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