Ensemble Berlin from Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra!
Making music together - at a high level and in a relaxed atmosphere: That was why musician friends from among colleagues in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra got together for the first time in 1999 at the Landsberg Summer Music Festival. At the end of the first demonstration of this small but refined festival of chamber music, the desire for further concerts in this style - and with this same group of musicians, was expressed. The 'Ensemble Berlin' was born.
Soon afterwards the Bavarian Broadcasting Company transmitted a live recording and, because of numerous concert appearances, a growing public audience became aware of the 11 members group - all over Germany and abroad. In 2006 the ensemble introduced itself in the Berlin Philharmonic to the friends of chamber music in the capital city. In the meantime several CDs document the vibrating and highly co-ordinated style of playing of this 'Ensemble Berlin' - as also its growing repertoire.
There are no programmatic restrictions. Together with original compositions for classical chamber music in traditional casting for quintet, octet, and nonet as well as with additional strings as small chamber orchestra from classical, romantic and modern music - further musical adaptations also form an additional point of emphasis in this artistic work. To date, a whole series of musical jewels has resulted from the exceptionally fertile collaboration of the Berlin Orchestra's musicians with the arranger Wolfgang Renz; e.g Franz Schubert's Wanderer-Fantasy in a version for nonet. These arrangements which have been set down for the 'Ensemble', offer both listeners and interpretive performers hitherto unknown varieties in sound and, - over and above this, open up completely new aspects of current interpretations of repertoire.
The Ensemble Berlin is currently recording for EMI Classics. The new CD "Bella Napoli" with works by Italian composer from Scarlatti, Donizetti, Pasculli etc. will be released in late spring 2008.