Tuesday, April 1, 2008

About Music - Musica Antiqua Koln

For 27 years now, Musica Antiqua Köln (MAK) with its leader Reinhard Goebel have been associated with virtually every important musical center and festival at which early music is performed. The ensemble is renowned for their lively interpretations of 17th- and 18th -century works and for their virtuoso and imaginative historical performance practice.

Founded in 1973 by Reinhard Goebel and fellow students from the Cologne Conservatory, Musica Antiqua Köln initially devoted itself to the performance of Baroque chamber and sacred music. Musica Antiqua Köln's international breakthrough came in 1979, when the ensemble made its debut at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall during the annual English Bach Festival and gave five concerts at the Holland Festival.

On the occasion of their 10th anniversary, Reinhard Goebel augmented the ensemble's chamber-group nucleus with additional string and wind players to allow the performance of orchestral music as well - both in the concert hall and in the recording studio. Since 1981, Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel have made regular tours of the USA, visiting Australia and South America several times and touring China in "Bach Year", 1985. Musica Antiqua Köln received the Buxtehude Prize from the City of Lubeck and has also received awards from Siemens and the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen. In 1981 the ensemble was named "Artist of the Year" by the Deutsche Phono-akademie.

The group has been the exclusive artists of Archiv Produktion since 1978. Their innovative role in early music repertoire has been acknowledged internationally with numerous awards including the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis in 1981 and 1982, the Grand Prix International du Disque in 1984 and 1987, a Gramophone Award in 1984, and a CD Compact Award in 1990 Their recording of Heinichen's Dresden Concerti has won five major awards: the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 1993, the Gramophone Award 1993, the Prix Caecilia 1993, the Schallplattenpreis Echo-Klassik 1994 and the CD Compact Award 1994.

Some of their other celebrated releases include a recording of Handel's Marian Cantatas and Arias with Anne Sofie von Otter, which received the CD Compact Award 1995 in the "Baroque Vocal" category. The 1996 2-CD set featuring sacred music by Heinichen. 1996 also marked the release of the group's CD "Chaconne," a collection of varying composers' takes on that popular 17th-century dance form. The recording received rave reviews and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Get an idea what they sound like at www.rhapsody.com/musicaantiquakoln

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