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

POLYHARMONIQUE is a collective of vocal soloists specializing in Renaissance and Baroque vocal music, taking into account historical performance practice. 

Under the direction of the internationally known countertenor Alexander Schneider (primus inter pares), 

the work of POLYHARMONIQUE is characterized by the highest demands on sound culture, content-oriented text interpretation and the emotional aspect.

In addition to cultivating the well-known repertoire of baroque masters, the ensemble is dedicated to the rediscovery of forgotten „Early Music”. The CDs "Musicalische Seelenlust" by Tobias Michael, the "Cavalli-Requiem" (Raumklang Records) and the "Chor-Music auff Madrigalmanier" by Andreas Hammerschmidt (Querstand) testify to this. 

In 2019, the first recording of Johann Georg Künstel's St Mark's Passion will be released on the label Accent, sponsored by the Aventis Foundation.

POLYHARMONIQUE works together with orchestras of the early music scene, including the Baroque Orchestra {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna from Katowice, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, La Folia Barockorchester and Concerto Melante (Berliner Philharmoniker).

Invitations to festivals and concerts have taken place in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, for example the Belgian Musica Divina, the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Heinrich-Schütz-Musikfest, the Thüringer Bachwochen, the Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent, the Tage Alter Musik Regensburg und Herne and the Händel-Festspiele in Halle.

The highlights in 2018 were the concerts with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (b-minor mass by J.S. Bach in Utrecht and Tübingen) and {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna at the „Tage Alter Musik Herne".

In 2019 we are looking forward to collaborate with Sirius Viols (Hille Perl) in the Philharmonie Essen and Concerto Melante (concerts in the Berliner Philharmonie and Kölner Philharmonie).

POLYHARMONIQUE is a welcome partner of numerous radio stations.

Our concerts at the Händel-Festspiele in Halle, in Tübingen with „Bach-In Bearbeitung" (both 2017) and the opening concert „Heinichen-Zelenka" of the „Uckermärkischen Musikwochen" were broadcasted at Deutschlandfunk Kultur. The concert during "Tage Alter Musik Regensburg" in 2018 with La Folia Barockorchester was broadcast by BR KLASSIK, BBC 3 and Ö1 as well as the performance at the "Tage der Alten Musik in Herne" on WDR 3.

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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