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The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is one of the world's leading orchestras. The Estonian star conductor Paavo Järvi has been the orchestra's Artistic Director since 2004.
The success of this artistic collaboration speaks for itself. "The event of the summer," wrote the New York Times in August 2005. For Die Welt, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is "one of the most transparent and sensitive orchestras today." In 2007, the New York Sun praised the ensemble as "the authoritative Beethoven orchestra of our day." At the 2004 Salzburg Festival, the concert of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Paavo Järvi was acclaimed in the Standard as one of the "rare surprises of the past summer's Salzburg Festival." The complete Beethoven symphony cycle in Salzburg in 2009 was the sensation of the Festival and was applauded as "a wonder" (Salzburger Nachrichten).

The primary focus of the collaboration between Paavo Järvi and the orchestra – and thus the basis for these glowing reviews – is the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. What might appear to be pure routine and preservation of musical monuments, during the concerts regularly prove to be spirited and highly competent new versions of these often-heard works. The Beethoven Project, in which Ludwig van Beethoven's complete symphonies are performed and recorded in the currently leading-edge 5.1 DSD technology, reached its culmination in 2009. In addition to three performances of the complete symphony cycle – at the Theatre de Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Salzburg Festival, and the Beethovenfest in Bonn – the Beethoven recording cycle on SACD came to a close with the release of the last two CDs featuring Symphonies No. 2, 6, and 9. The Beethoven Project will also be documented on film this year. Deutsche Welle is producing a 90-minute television documentary for DW-TV, for which the concerts at the Beethovenfest in Bonn will be taped.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen appears with Paavo Järvi and other renowned guest conductors and internationally sought-after soloists at major festivals and concert venues throughout the world. Since 2005 the ensemble has been Orchestra in Residence at the International Beethovenfest in Bonn. The orchestra continually delights audiences with its unique and refreshing style of musical interpretation, combined with an unerring instinct for imaginative, well thought-out programs. The highly motivated chamber music-like approach of each player enables the ensemble to present outstanding concerts, even without a conductor.On this basis, long-standing and productive musical friendships have developed with internationally renowned soloists such as Sabine Meyer, Viktoria Mullova, Heinz Holliger, Olli Mustonen, Hélène Grimaud, Heinrich Schiff, Janine Jansen, and Christian Tetzlaff.

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Photo: Eberhard Hirsch

The orchestra's repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. Collaboration with specialists in specific genres has been a characteristic feature of the ensemble from the start. Thus, its work with conductors like Ton Koopman, Trevor Pinnock, and Marc Minkowski is just as natural as its collaborations with Heinz Holliger and Pierre Boulez. In addition, the orchestra also continues to devote particular interest to "crossover" projects.

History of the Orchestra: Founded in 1980, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen initially consisted of a group of outstanding music students with a grassroots constitution, in order to motivate the individual members both personally and musically. Early acid tests, such as an appearance at the UN in 1983 and Gidon Kremer's invitation to Lockenhaus in 1984/85, laid the foundations for the orchestra's rapidly growing international reputation. In 1987 the ensemble was institutionalized as a professional chamber orchestra in Frankfurt.

Since 1992 The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has been based in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, where it has become an indispensable part of the city's musical life. Every season the orchestra presents two subscription series, special concerts, three chamber music series, and the open-air festival "Sommer in Lesmona." The ensemble has also been an essential component of the Bremen Music Festival since 1998, appearing in outstanding musical theatrical productions with Klaus Maria Brandauer as well as other artists.

The orchestra's former Principal Guest Conductors or Artistic Directors have included Mario Venzago, Heinrich Schiff, Jiří Belohlávek, and Thomas Hengelbrock. Daniel Harding held the post of Music Director from 1999 to 2003. The Wind Soloists of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen have been a permanent ensemble since 1990. They undertake many tours within Germany and abroad and have recorded a number of award-winning CDs. The orchestra's numerous CD recordings for prestigious record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, BMG, Virgin Classics, Decca, Berlin Classics, and PentaTone document the diverse repertoire of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. The first CD of the Beethoven cycle with Paavo Järvi won the prestigious German Record Critics' Annual Award for 2007. Three CDs by The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen received ECHO Classic awards in 2009.
In addition to their concert activity, educational projects have been particularly important to the musicians for 25 years. These include concert introductions and workshops as well as innovative collaborations with schools and adult education institutions.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen moved into its new rehearsal rooms in the Gesamtschule Bremen-Ost (Bremen East Comprehensive School) in April 2007. The musicians and students work side-by-side there – a unique situation worldwide. In a kind of "future lab" many new projects and cooperative programs are developed with the school which have an impact on the neighborhood and the entire city of Bremen. The orchestra and the school received the Zukunftsaward (Future Award) 2007 as the "best social innovation" in recognition of their outstanding commitment. The television station ARD documented this unique "residential community" in a 45-minute film entitled Beethoven, Rap, and Dreams. The new rehearsal space also offers a wide range of possibilities as a venue for public events and a recording studio with SACD quality. Two of the three ECHO Classic award-winning CDs for 2009 were recorded there.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is organized as a company in which the musicians are sole partners. Thus, they assume full responsibility not only for artistic but for financial matters as well. This is all the more remarkable since the orchestra is only 39% subsidized and generates the remaining 61% itself. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen has analyzed its artistic and entrepreneurial activities with Prof. Dr. Christian Scholz of the University of Saarbrücken, one of the leading experts on the subject of high-performance teams. Based on the findings of this study, a management tool, the 5 Seconds Model, was developed, which the company orchestra uses to optimize its (high) performance on a continuing basis. Together with Prof. Dr. Scholz, the orchestra now offers the 5 Seconds Model to interested companies from the business and industry sectors as management training for executives. In 2008, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen received the German Founders Award, which is presented by Porsche, the television station ZDF, the magazine Stern, and the Sparkasse savings bank group "for the successful combination of entrepreneurship and culture: a leading orchestra with the highest standard of quality, which at the same time does musical youth work in a disadvantaged area."

The loyal support of partners and sponsors, such as the orchestra's primary sponsors, Kraft Foods, the Bremen Sparkasse, Beluga Shipping, and Kaefer Isoliertechnik, plays a vital role in the tremendous success of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. The work of the orchestra would not be possible, however, without the generous assistance of the City of Bremen in particular. In addition, numerous other friends and patrons also support the orchestra's projects and make an essential contribution to ensuring that The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen can continue to work toward achieving its artistic goals on a long-term basis.

Conductor Reinhard Goebel

Rreinhard Goebel

Reinhard Goebel, previously well-known as the founder of the world famous Early Music ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, has now established himself as a highly regarded conductor of "modern" orchestras. He was born in 1952 and received his first violin lessons at the age of twelve. At a very early stage, he already had developed his exclusive interest in Early Music. His teachers as a violinist were Franzjosef Maier, Eduard Melkus, Marie Leonhardt, and Saschko Gawriloff, a world-renowned expert on difficult modern scores.

In 1973, Reinhard Goebel founded Musica Antiqua Köln, and signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft - Archiv Produktion in 1978. In this context, he was able to consolidate his status as one of Europe’s most important exponents of the Early Music scene, especially as an authority in music of the German baroque repertoire. His recordings with Musica Antiqua Köln set high artistic standards and received all the world's most prestigious record awards, amongst them several Gramophone Awards, further the Siemens-Förderpreis, the Telemann-Preis of the city of Magdeburg, and the Förderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. In 1997 Reinhard Goebel received the Staatspreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen from the former Prime Minister, Johannes Rau. In April 2007 Reinhard Goebel has been honoured by the IAMA Award in London, in February 2008 he received the „Diapason d’Or“ for his CD „Mozart in Paris”.

Reinhard Goebel through the years always remained an influential outsider in the Early Music scene. This was due to his permanent quest for aesthetically enriching territory, controversial readings of standard repertoire and programs that never conformed to fashion.

Nowadays Goebel performs as a guest conductor of "modern" orchestras, for example the Beet-hoven Orchester Bonn, the Duisburger Philharmoniker, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the München and Zürich Chamber Orchestras, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin, the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Hamburger Symphoniker, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera Kopenhagen, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Orchestre National d’Île de France Paris and the major German Radio Orchestras including WDR Köln, BR München, HR Frankfurt, SR Saarbrücken and NDR Hannover to name a few.

Reinhard Goebel conducted the major orchestras in Augsburg, Berlin, Darmstadt, Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt, Kassel, Leipzig, München, Nürnberg, Breda, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Winterthur, Zürich, Padova, Genova and Paris. In summer 2008 he appeared at the festival stages in Herrenchiemsee, Brühl, Turku and Vantaa in Finland. In January 2009 Reinhard Goebel was appointed first Guest Conductor of the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie. In May 2009 he will make his debut with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, his debut as conductor in Taiwan will be with the Taipei Philharmonic and in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in October 2009.

Reinhard Goebel has directed opera in Hannover (all Monteverdi operas), Freiburg and Copenhagen (both Handel) as well as in Mannheim (Piccinni's "Catone in Utica"), Kiel (Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”) and recently in Rheinsberg (Dittersdorf’s “Doktor und Apotherker”) and regards it a special challenge to promote 17th and 18th century repertoire. He is particularly keen to restore Bach and contemporaries on the concert platforms of the big orchestras from which they have disappeared due to the competence of specialised period instrument ensembles.

As before with Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel collaborates as a conductor with some world famous soloists, as for example Christine Schäfer, Anne Sofie von Otter, Leonidas Kavakos, Kim Kashkashian, Jan Vogler, Martin Stadtfeld and the Labèque sisters



Johann Sebastian Bach Das musikalische Opfer BWV 1079: Canones Diversi
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Sinfonie F-Dur (Falck 67), movements: Vivace, Andante, Allegro
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Concert for flute, strings and hapsicord D-Major
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Concert for Violoncello a-minor Wq 170
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach Ino-Kantate for Sopran-solo, strings and hapsicord



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