Concert with the Amarcord Vocal Ensemble
Sunday 25 May 2014
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia, 8:30pm
AMACORD VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Wolfram Lattke / tenor
Robert Pohlers / tenor
Frank Ozimek / baritone
Daniel Knauft / bass
Holger Krause / bass
Founded in 1992 by former members of St Thomas’s Boys Choir in Leipzig, the Amacord Vocal Ensemble has since become one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles. Amarcord’s hallmarks include a unique tone, breath-taking homogeneity, musical authenticity, and a good dose of charm and humour. Amarcord performs a vast and highly diverse repertoire of music, from medieval plainsong to madrigals and Renaissance masses, to compositions and cycles of works of the European Romantic period and the 20th century and arrangements of a cappella folksongs collected from all over the world.
Alongside the Gewandhaus Orchestra and St Thomas’s Boys Choir, Amarcord is now one of the leading representatives of Leipzig’s music scene in Germany and abroad. Amarcord regularly appears at important music festivals. Numerous concert tours have taken the singers to more than 50 countries and nearly every corner of the globe. In cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the ensemble has made guest appearances in Australia, Southeast Asia, the Near East, Russia, and Central America.
Amarcord has won prizes at many international competitions, such as Tolosa in Spain, Tampere in Finland and Pohlheim in Germany, as well as the 1st Choir Olympiad in the Austrian city of Linz. In 2002, the ensemble won the German Music Competition, having joined the ranks of the BA KJK (the cream of young musicians singled out by the German Music Council for special support) two years beforehand. In 2004, Amarcord became the first group of singers to be awarded the Ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival. Attending master classes with the King’s Singers and the Hilliard Ensemble has given Amarcord valuable stimulus over the years.
Numerous CD recordings document impressively the many facets of Amarcord’s repertoire. The CD Zu S. Thomas with two Gregorian Masses from the Thomas Gradual of St Thomas’s Church Leipzig won the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) in 2013. In 2012, they were awarded their second ECHO Klassik (Ensemble of the year/vocal). Released in 2009, the CD Rastlose Liebe (Restless Love) received the ECHO Klassik Award, the Luxembourgian Supersonic Award and was nominated for the MIDEM Classical Award. This CD, like their previous CDs – Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (Now come, saviour of the gentiles), Incessament and Hear the voice – won the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award, the "a-cappella-Oscar". In February 2010, Amarcord released its first CD production with an orchestral work: the reconstructed version of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Mark Passion, performed together with Dominique Horwitz and the Kölner Akademie. Together with Cappella Sagittariana Dresden two CDs have been released featuring the works of Heinrich Schütz and his contemporaries. Their CD of the J.S. Bach motets with the Lautten Compagney Berlin was released on the SONY/dhm label in 2012.
“Romantic music for male chorus from Leipzig and Folk Songs from all over the world”
Die Minnesänger, Rastlose Liebe, Frühlingsglocken from Op.33
An den Mond from Op.11
An’s Liebchen from Op.36
Adolf Eduard Marschner
Heinrich August Marschner
Liebeserklärung eines Schneidergesellen from Op.52
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Sommerlied, Liebe und Wein from Op.50
Im Süden, Zigeunerlied from Op.120
Carl Friedrich Zöllner
Der Speisezettel – A scherzo for male chorus
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Please keep in mind that due to road-works in Pendadaktylou Street, the best way to reach The Shoe Factory is from Famagusta Gate. Park your car around the area, and walk straight up Ektoros Road which is just opposite the Famagusta Gate. It is only a three minute walk and Ermou Street is an extension of Ektoros Road.
Monday 26 May 2014
The Bedestan, Nicosia, 8:30pm
Jointly organised with the Goethe-Institut Cyprus and supported by the European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the German Embassy, the Amarcord Ensemble will give a concert at the Bedestan in the centre of Nicosia in an all sacred programme with music from the 14th - 17th centuries. This unique concert is meant as a Confidence Building Measure and solidarity gesture of Amarcord and their hometown Leipzig, where in 1989 the peaceful revolution in East Germany started, which made the reunification of Germany in 1990 possible.This is a gesture of confidence, hope and goodwill in the on-going negotiation process for the unification of Cyprus. Entrance is free.