Coro Ghislieri & Giulio Prandi winner of ICMA 2022!

We are very happy about the victory of Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” wonderful recording by Giulio Prandi and Coro Ghislieri in the category “choral music” if the International Classical Music Awards 2022!

The Petite Messe Solennelle is an enigmatic and mysterious masterpiece. Perhaps it is only with this recording (which for the first time makes use of the new critical edition), wonderfully conducted by Giulio Prandi with the Ghislieri Choir and four top class singers, that we can truly understand the mysteries of the old Rossini, who winks at the opera theatre but from a now distanced perspective.” ICMA’s jury

The news of this award surprised and delighted me. It is the corollary of a journey that began twenty years ago; the extraordinary adventure of a group of young artists who came together in an ensemble, animated by the desire to get to the bottom of a marvellous and much-loved repertoire, that of Italian 18th century vocal music, through radical study and research. The only focal point is to bring out not only the beauty, but also the profound ability of this music to speak to the contemporary world. We would not have got this far without the Fondazione Collegio Ghislieri, which has strongly supported this project, first and foremost through Professor Andrea Belvedere. In his more than forty years as Rector, he has shaped the Ghislieri of the Future, and the Centro di Musica Antica Ghislieri, of which he is still President, is one of his most significant achievements, the result of five decades of hard, constant, patient work.

In an extremely difficult historical moment, in a country where the music scene has tended to shrink, in perpetual suffering, the Ghislieri is entering a new phase. After the Abbiati Prize in 2019, the award for “best choral record” at the ICMA 2021 makes us look to the future with renewed enthusiasm. The Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri have many concerts and recordings to perform between now and 2024, as well as many of my commitments as conductor. My personal activity, through encounters with different and extraordinary orchestras, choirs and artists, allows me to compare notes, increase my experience and mature my sensitivity. These experiences I then bring back home, to Ghislieri, putting them at the service of my wonderful musicians, so that I can grow even more with them. Therefore, I sincerely thank the ICMA jury and, with it, all those who believed in me and in the Ghislieri artistic project. A deep gratitude, which turns into energy and desire to go forward.

Giulio Prandi

You can find the album on Apple Music or Spotify.

The award ceremony will take place on the 21st of April 2022 at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg.

Season Greetings

Once again we look back on a challenging year that kept the music world and its players constantly on tenterhooks: complete closures of theatres and concert halls at the beginning of the year, cautious attempts in early summer to get concert life going again by means of sophisticated hygiene concepts, finally almost “normal” performances under 3G, 2G and/or 2G+ at the beginning of the season, when quite a few already thought they were at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Now we are once again in the midst of a huge wave, which we hope to weather well together!

Nevertheless, the year 2021 brought many rays of hope that strengthened us in our actions, inspired us to new plans and brought us together with new partners – the latter often virtually, but time and again also analogue and personally. First and foremost, of course, were the wonderful concerts that took place, especially in the second half of the year: the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which has been delighting international concert audiences for 40 years now, returned to the Berlin Philharmonie with Sir András Schiff, as did Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna, who, as usual, “made the Phlharmonie quake”, as the Tagesspiegel Berlin commented. Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Freiburger Barockorchester provided fantastic concert experiences, as did the La Folia Barockorchester and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, the Oberon Trio, the Berlin StegreifOrchester and the Belgian choir Vox Luminis.

Life within the agency also provided ample opportunity to keep moving: In mid-June we moved into a larger and even nicer office within our Schöneberg neighbourhood, which is also almost completely furnished by the end of the year 😉 We like our new website at least as much, which we were able to launch at the beginning of December. 

Before we start our Christmas holidays, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our office will be closed between 23 December 2021 and 03 January 2022.

August 2023

3 + 4 August

Freiburger Barockorchester
with Windsbacher Knabenchor

»Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion bwv 244«

Line-up: number of musicians tbc

July 2023

30 + 31 July

Freiburger Barockorchester
with Valer Sabadus, soprano / Terry Wey, alto

»Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater in F minor P. 77)«

Line-up: Freiburger BarockConsort: 7 musicians, soprano, alto

June 2023

5 + 15 June

Freiburger Barockorchester
with René Jacobs, direction / RIAS Kammerchor (SATB) / Helena Rasker, Orfeo, alto / Polina Pastirchak, Euridice, soprano / Kateryna Kasper, Amore, soprano

»Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (concert version)«

Line-up: 37 musicians, choir, alto, 2x soprano

May 2023

3 / 5 / 6 / 8 / 9 May

Freiburger Barockorchester
with Pablo Heras-Casado, direction / RIAS Kammerchor / n.n.. soprano (2X)

»A Midsummer Night’s Dream«

n.n.: Ouverture
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 6 D. 589
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream op. 61

Line-up: 47 musicians, choir, 2x soprano

April 2023

15 / 16 / 19 / 21 April

Freiburger Barockorchester
with n.n., direction

»Evening of serenades«

Antonín Dvořák: Serenade in D minor op. 44
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade in E major op. 22
Johannes Brahms: Serenade no. 1 in D major op. 11

Line-up: 32 musicians

March 2023

5 – 8 March

Freiburger Barockorchester
with Gottfried von der Goltz, violin and direction / Bart Aerbeydt & Gijs Laceulle, horn

»On the hunt for romance«

Joseph Haydn: Symphony no. 73 in D major „La chasse“
Antonio Rosetti: Horn concerto in E-flat major
Joseph Fiala: Parthia for 2 English horns, 2 French horns und bassoon
Friedrich Witt: Symphony in C major “Jena”

Line-up: number of musicians tbc, 2x solo horn

16 – 20 and 22 + 24 March

Freiburger Barockorchester & Vox Luminis
with mit Lionel Meunier, bass and direction / Raphael Höhn, evangelist and direction

»Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew passion BWV 244«

Line-up: 35 musicians, 12 singers

February 2023

19 + 20 February

Freiburger Barockorchester
with n.n., bass („Nachtwächter“)

»Carnival Ballets«

with works by Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Carlo Farina, Johann Rosenmüller, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Claudio Monteverdi, amongst others

Line-up: Freiburger BarockConsort: 15 musicans

26 + 27 February

Freiburger Barockorchester & Vox Luminis
with Lionel Meunier, bass and direction

»Stabat Mater II«

Christoph Bernhardt: Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener
Agostino Stefani: Stabat Mater
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Requiem in F minor

Line-up: 12 musicians, 12 singers