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Camerata Bern

Camerata Bern

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"Top level musicianship ..." - "Poignant moments of most touching compassion ..." - "Incredibly homogenous and attractive sound ..." - "Well-balanced voices, rich, rousing, full of charming warmth ..." - "A peak ensemble, nothing outbids its tantalizing style of interpretation ..."


CAMERATA BERN is a highly-acclaimed chamber orchestra uniting top level musicians inspired by the idea of performing within a flexible, self-conducted ensemble.

Its members are gifted soloists and chamber musicians. Under its artistic director, the violinist Antje Weithaas, as well as other guest concertmasters, CAMERATA BERN performs a broad repertoire ranging from early Baroque to today’s composers. The orchestra stands out for its subtle and perfectly homogeneous sound, its freshness and mastery of style.

With charisma and spontaneity adding to its ability to thrill its public, CAMERATA BERN is now renowned as one of the prime ensembles among chamber orchestras in Europe.

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The Quartet has performed in major International Festivals in Italy: Serate Musicali - Milan, IUC - Rome, GOG - Genoa, "Società Veneziana dei Concerti" - Venice, "Teatro la Fenice" - Venice, Biennale Musica - Venice, Amici della Musica - Florence, "Bologna Festival", Amici della Musica - Palermo, Chamber Music Festival - Cervo, "B.Barattelli" - L'Aquila, Petruzzelli Theater - Bari etc. ;

and in International Festivals around the world: U.S.A. - New York - United Nations Palace, Los Angeles UCLA & Getty Museum, Washington National Gallery, San Francisco, Seattle - Meany Hall, Philadelphia; CANADA: Toronto, Vancouver; SOUTH AMERICA: BRASIL - Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo, Curitiba; URUGUAY: Montevideo, Minas, San Josè; ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires 2 in the Coliseum Theater,Colon Theater, Cordoba;

EUROPE: Paris - Unesco Palace, Bad Kissingen - Kissinger Sommer, Wurzburg Mozart Festival, Munchen - Herkulessaal, St.Moritz - Engadina Festival, Basel - Musik Akademie, Bruxelles - Societè Philarmonique, Sofia - Sala Bulgaria, "Saou Chante Mozart", Bratislava Mozart Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki - National Finnish Opera, Ossiach/Villach Festival, Vienna - Klangbogen, Barcelona & Valencia - Palau de la Musica, Madrid – Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Warsaw - European College, Copenhagen-Tivoli Hall, Beirut - Al Bustan Festival, Tokio - New Otani Hall, Taipei-National Concert Hall, Seoul Ho-Am Art Hall.

They had the honour of playing to the Pope Giovanni Paolo II and to the President of the Italian Republic.

They have recorded for the RAI (Italian State Television),American Radio of the New York Times (WQXR), Radio Suisse Romande, Southkorean Radio MBC, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany), Schweizer Radio DRS2, ORF1 (Austria), Radio Clasica (Spain). They have recorded CDs for Dynamic, Koch, Musical Heritage Society, Ermitage, Hommage, Aura, Fonit Cetra, CD Classic, UNICEF.

The quartet has collaborated with Bruno Giuranna, Piero Farulli, Paul Szabo, Borodin Quartet, Prazak Quartet, Herbert Kefer (Artis Quartet), Oscar Ghiglia, Danilo Rossi, Pietro De Maria, Dieter Flury (1st flute - Wiener Philarmoniker).

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Live recordings Camerata Bern

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Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, KV 183 - I. Allegro con brio

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op.60 - II. Adagio

Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major - IV. Menuetto

Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 - IV. Allegro

 Camerata Bern - Ludwig van Beethoven

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Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 49 'Kreutzer' - arr. Richard Tognetti - III. Presto


Biography

Biography Camerata Bern

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Founded in 1962, the CAMERATA BERN is a highly-acclaimed chamber orchestra uniting top level musicians inspired by the idea of performing within a flexible, self-conducted ensemble.

Antje WeithaasIts members are gifted soloists and chamber musicians. Under its artistic director, the violinist ANTJE WEITHAAS, as well as guest concertmasters Erich Höbarth, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Pekka Kuusisto, Amandine Beyer, Enrico Onofri and others, CAMERATA BERN performs a broad repertoire ranging from early Baroque to today’s composers. The orchestra stands out for its subtle and perfectly homogeneous sound, its freshness and mastery of style. With charisma and spontaneity adding to its ability to thrill its public, CAMERATA BERN is now renowned as one of the prime ensembles among chamber orchestras in Europe.

The ensemble’s outstanding qualities has led it to perform with such eminent artists as Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Vadim Repin, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, Sabine Meyer, Tabea Zimmermann, Vessilina Kasarova, Bernd Glemser, Christian Gerhaher, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice André, Bruno Canino, Radu Lupu, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Nathan Milstein, Boris Pergamenshikov, Narciso Yepes, Pepe Romero, Barbara Hendricks, Peter Schreier, Jan Vogler, Reinhold Friedrich, Leonidas Kavakos, Angelika Kirchschlager and others.

The ensemble has toured extensively in Europe, South- and North-America, as well as in South-East Asia, the Far East, Australia and Japan. Its recordings on Sony, Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv, Decca, Denon, ERATO, Berlin Classics, Novalis, ECM, Claves and Philips have won several international awards, such as the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Grand Prix International du Disque, the International Record Critics Award, the Record Academy Prize, and the Prize Echo Klassik ‘97 of the Deutsche Phono-Akademie. In 2012 a Beethoven CD was released - the Kreutzer Sonata and the String Quartet Op. 95 'Serioso'. The latest CD-release (2015) features Antje Weithaas in a Brahms programme, as soloist in his Violon Concerto and leading the orchestra in the First Serenade Op. 11.

Lately, CAMERATA BERN has performed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato/Mexico, Morelia Festival in Mexico, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, in the Sala Sao Paulo, at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo, at Geneva’s Victoria Hall, at deSingel in Antwerp.

Within its large scale educational project for children since 2010, the CAMERATA BERN performs concerts in schools across the Canton of Bern. The project developed in the frame of the Education Department’s “Education and culture” programme has reached over 10’000 children up to now, mainly in the canton’s rural areas.

The CAMERATA BERN also focuses on historically informed performance and performs an early music concert series in Bern.

With the English choreographer Cathy Marston, CAMERATA BERN has coproduced two full-length choreographies featuring the Dance Company of Berne’s Municipal Theatre. In each 10 performances, “Flight of gravity” (music by Martinu, Tartini, Silvestrow and Penderecki) in 2011, and “Hexenhatz” (Witch-hunt) (Italian baroque music on period instruments) in 2013 thrilled the Berne audience. In March 2015, CAMERATA BERN has co-produced Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” on period instruments with Berne’s Municipal Opera.

CAMERATA BERN hosts its own subscription concerts cycles in Berne at the Paul Klee Centre, at the Konservatorium and at the Kultur-Casino. The CAMERATA BERN FOUNDATION is subsidized by the City, the Burgergemeinde and Canton of Berne and receives project-related funding from different foundations and sponsoring partners. One of its main partners is the Ursula Wirz Foundation.

Programmes

Programme examples
 

  • Programme I
    Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat major 'Dumbarton Oaks'
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
                       Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

  • Programme II
    Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a (version for string orchestra)
    Schnittke: String Quartet No. 3 (arr. by Peter Manning for string orchestra)
    Penderecki: Ciaccona 'in memoria Giovanni Paolo II per archi'
    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (transcr. by Jorma Harkonen for string orchestra)

  • Programme III
    Ysaÿe: Exil
    Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht
    Enescu: Octet

  • Programme IV
    Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A major for string orchestra
    Hefti: New piece for orchestra
    Honegger: Concerto da camera for flute, english horn and strings
    Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 for string orchestra

  • Programme V
    Copland: Appalachian Spring
                   Concerto for clarinet, piano, harp and strings
    Glass: Mishima
    Hermann: Psycho
    Zorn: Kol Nidrey
    Golijov: Last round

  • Programme VI
    Lutoslawski: Trauermusik for strings
    Hartmann: Concerto funebre
    Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden' for string orchestra

  • Programme VII
    Valentini: Concerto grosso in A minor, Op. 7 No. 11 'A Quattro violini'
    Rota: Concerto per archiRespighi: Antiche Danze ed Arie
    Verdi: String Quartet in E minor for string orchestra

  • Programme VIII
    Handel: Concerto grosso in C minor, Op. 6 No. 8
    Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz 68
    Bach: Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, BWV 1043
    Kodály: Marosszéker dances (transcribed 1984 by Sándor Veress for Camerata Bern)
    Vivaldi: Concerto ripieno in C major, RV 114
    Veress: Musica Concertante für 12 solo strings (composed for Camerata Bern)

  • Programme IX
    Widmann: Insel der Sirenen for strings
    Weber: Clarinet Concerto in F minor, Op. 73
    Webern: Langsamer Satz for strings
    Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'