Berlin Philharmonic's Scharoun Ensemble -- The Renowned Chamber Group Comes to Orange County
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The last date listed for Berlin Philharmonic's Scharoun Ensemble was Friday March 4, 2011 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Irvine Barclay Theatre
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Featured review from Rich Schmidt
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There is something special about Germans playing the works of German composers. That something was present at the Barclay Theatre when the Scharoun Ensemble played Beethoven's Septet for Chamber Ensemble and Schubert's Octet in F major. These works are not as often heard as those for more "standard" groups of instruments, are no less virtuosic and are therefore welcome concert going opportunity. They played with precision and feeling and the audience responded accordingly.
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T his was an extraordinary performance from an amazing group of musicians. And the acoustics at the Irvine Barclay Theatre added to the overall appreciation and enjoyment of Beethoven and Schubert. At the concert's end, the audience (myself...continued
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Schubert’s Octet in F major, D. 803 is the signature piece that launched the Scharoun Ensemble.
The Scharoun Ensemble Berlin was founded in 1983 by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The name of the architect Hans Scharoun (1893-1972) is inextricably linked with the Berlin Philharmonie, his greatest work. This concert hall has set standards worldwide, creating a space for making music in the spirit of tradition and experimentation in order to promote human communication and understanding. In honouring the legacy of Hans Scharoun, the eight musicians express an artistic self-concept which reflects their commitment to both the heritage of the past and the challenges of the present.
The ensemble comprises the standard octet instrumentation. Beethoven’s Septet, Schubert’s Octet, and chamber works of Mozart and Brahms are the focus of its classical and romantic repertoire, as well as 20th-century classical Modernist works and contemporary music. The Scharoun Ensemble has performed numerous works by leading contemporary composers, many of which have been commissioned by the ensemble. Works by Hans Werner Henze, György Ligeti, Isang Yun, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Pintscher, Thomas Adès, Jörg Widmann and many others form an integral part of the ensemble’s repertoire.
The Scharoun Ensemble’s programs are often enhanced through collaboration with other members of the Berlin Philharmonic, renowned soloists and conductors. In recent years, concerts by the ensemble have been conducted by Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Eötvös and Pierre Boulez.
Frequent concert tours and appearances at major European music festivals have established the Scharoun Ensemble’s reputation as one of Germany’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles.
This year, the ensemble will receive the Echo Award 2008, together with the RIAS Chamber Choir, for their recording of Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé.