Ensemble Polyharmonique | Alexander Schneider

Instrumenta Musica | Ercole Nisini


Magdalene Harer- Sopran
Joowon Chung - Sopran
Alexander Schneider - Alt | Primus inter pares

Johannes Gaubitz - Tenor
Felix Rumpf - Bariton
Matthias Lutze - Bass
Amrai Große - Violine
Christoph Timpe - Violine
Angelika Grünert - Viola da braccio
Katarina Holzhey - Viola da Gamba
Uta Schmidt - Blockflöte
Friederike Otto - Zink
Ercole Nisini - Posaune | Leitung
Elisabeth Kaufhold - Barockfagott
Zita Mikijanska Orgel und Cembalo

Ensemble Polyharmonique is a collective of professional 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 (4-13 singers).

Invitations to festivals all over Europe speak to the international appreciation of Ensemble Polyharmonique. These include the 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, Heinrich Schütz Musikfest, the Days of Early Music Bratislava and others.

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

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

The CDs "Musicalische Seelenlust" with music by Thomaskantor Tobias Michael (1592-1657), and "Cavalli-Requiem" with works by Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) and Alessandro Grandi (1577-1630) (both on Raumklang Records) were released in 2015.

In 2017 the world premiere recording of "Chor-Music auff Madrigalmanier" by Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611-1675) was released, and in 2019 the full-length oratorical St. Mark Passion of Italian coinage by Johann Georg Künstel (c1645-1694).

The recording of "Geistliche Chor-Music 1648" by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) is slated to be released in 2020.

INSTRUMENTA MUSICA specializes in historical performance, and cultivates the use of original instruments and historically accurate copies. It is mainly dedicated to the performance of German and Italian music from the Late Renaissance and Early Baroque periods until late Baroque. Researching and rediscovering early music are of particular interest to this ensemble. This includes the pieces of music themselves, some of which are still undiscovered and awaiting their resurrection from various archives. But it also extends to the instruments, the variety of which remains unexploited to date, and the way of making the music, which is geared towards conserved original sources. By no means does this approach aim for “music from a museum.” Quite to the contrary, Instrumenta Musica attempts to make the beauty and emotional wealth of this music from a bygone era immediately accessible in an authentic way. Instrumenta Musica’s performances therefore intend to attest to the timeliness of early music, reviving it for today and the time to come.

Instrumenta Musica was founded 2004 by students of the Early Music department at the Music University of Trossingen, and since then performs with the former members and in various constellations under the direction of Ercole Nisini or cooperating with well known Vocal Ensembles.

Instrumenta Musica is closely connected with the Frauenkirche in Dresden, where the ensemble has regularly played since 2006 together with the Chamber Choir of the Church under the church’s cantor Matthias Grünert.

2008 the ensemble has released his first CD “O vos amici mei carissimi, Motets, canzonas and Sonatas by Venetian masters from the time of Monteverdi “ working with singers like Constanze Backes, Gerlinde Saemann, Hermann Oswald and Markus Flaig for the Label RAMÉE (Outhere).

Presenting his own Productions or being partner of ensembles like ensemble officium, the Dresdner Kammerchor, or the Mimes company Bodecker & Neander, Instrumenta Musica is appeared in such venues and festivals like Dresden’s Frauenkirche, Summer Concerts in Brandenburg, Ancient Music Days in Regensburg, Summer Concerts on Skalholt Island, Heinrich Schütz Music Festival, WDR Radio concerts, Fortepianarum Katowicz (Poland), Michaelstein Music Courses, Evening Baroque Concerts in Varazdin (Croatia), and Whitsunday Concerts in Batzdorf. Nine CDs have been produced for the labels RAMEE, Querstand, Christophorus, Carus, and SONY.

Ercole Nisini knows no boundaries in his world of music. His fascination with music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras performing from original historic sources and for the theater have inspired him to update his passion into creating musical concepts and concerts to entice modern audiences. These projects are a natural outgrowth of his ensemble INSTRUMENTA MUSICA, a “Renaissance Orchestra” with outstanding creative musicians, sensitive artists, as well as actors, and vocal ensembles. His personal skills extend from his tenor and bass sackbuts, arrangements, and the conductor’s podium.

Since 2007 specializes Ercole Nisini the performance with historical instruments: Concerts, CDs and Broadcasts with historical informed ensembles like La Petite Bande, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, L’Arpa festante, L’Orfeo Barockorchester, Cappella Leopoldina Graz, Capriccio Stravagente, Musica Fiata, Capella de la Torre, Musica Antiqua Austria, Marini Consort Innsbruck, Weser Renaissance Bremen, Cappella Sagittariana, United Continuo Ensemble, Il Girardino Armonico document his activity.Since 2014, Ercole has performed his own music inspired by dances and ostinatos from the sixteenth century with his ensemble. In his latest project Orazio Vecchi’s Commedia harmonica, L’Amfiparnaso, he combined the late sixteenth-century madrigals with the pantomime artistry of the Bodecker & Neander troupe with Vecchi’s actual music and additional music chosen to attract modern audiences to the eternal passions of Comedia dell”Arte, though it retains its 16th-century spirit.

As soloist and leader with INSTRUMENTA MUSICA, can Ercole Nisini be seen and heard in Dresden’s Frauenkirche, Summer Concerts in Brandenburg, Ancient Music Days in Regensburg, Summer Concerts on Skalholt Island, Heinrich Schütz Music Festival, WDR Radio concerts, Fortepianarum Katowicz (Poland), Michaelstein Music Courses, Evening Baroque Concerts in Varazdin (Croatia), and Whitsunday Concerts in Batzdorf.

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