La Folia – this term of the baroque era focusses on wildness, fury, jollity and generally on an artistic attitude of liberality and excessive creativity.
Since their foundation in 2007 the La Folia Barockorchester vitalises on period instruments the international music scene. Whether in a chamber music instrumentation or with baroque opulence, whether with instrumental music or together with vocal soloist – the aspiring young orchestra under the direction of the violinist Robin Peter Müller stands for energetic and overwhelming interpretations of the music from the 17th and 18th century. Historically informed the musicians are looking for opportunities to transfer the emotions and contents of the past centuries into contemporary interpretations which have thrilled both audience and critics alike.
The ensemble cooperates regularly with renowned instrumentalists and singers like Hille Perl, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Regula Mühlemann, Mahan Esfahani and Jan Vogler, Dorothee Oberlinger, Dorothee Mields, Anna Prohaska, Maurice Steger and Stefan Temmingh.
Founder and director Robin Peter Müller, born in Dresden, is one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation performing on period as well as on modern violin.Within a short period he led La Folia Barockorchestra to international reputation.
„Standing Ovations für einen überragenden Countertenor mit einem erlesenen Orchester und für ein spannendes, die interpretatorischen Grenzen durchaus tangierendes Programm.“
Die Nordwest-Zeitung, 31.08.2019
„Ein wunderbarer Abend mit Riesenbeifall.“
Weser Kurier, 22.09.2019
SELECTION OF PROJECTS (2024/25)
Jesus and Pontius Pilatus: Passion Programme
with Anna Lucia Richter, mezzo-soprano
Pontius Pilatus suffers from headaches and the pressures of his office, yet longs for nothing more than recognition. He is a complex and contradictory figure in Mikhail Bulgakov’s epoch-making novel The Master and Margarita. The Passion from the point of view of the Roman governor in Judea allows a different view of the last stages of Jesus’ suffering. For example, when Pilate asks the question also found in the Bible: “What is truth?”, but, unlike there, he hears Jesus’ answer: “The truth is above all that your head hurts. You dream that your dog is coming, apparently the only being you are attached to. But your torment will be over in a moment, your headache will pass away.”
Passion compositions by A. Caldara, J. S. Bach, H. Purcell and A. Vivaldi and others.
Excerpts from the novel “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov
Dates available upon request
with Sophie Dervaux, baroque bassoon
With works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi & Francesco Geminiani
PAST CONCERTS – A SELECTION
8 Sep 2022
Wigmore Hall London
Robin Peter Müller, direction & violin / Carolyn Sampson, soprano
with works by Carl Heinrich Graun, Giovanni Legrenzi, Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, etc.
16 Sep 2021
Robin Peter Müller, direction & violin / Elisabeth Breuer, soprano / Tim Mead, countertenor
G.-B. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater f-Moll, P.77
J.-S. Bach: Kantate »Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden«, BWV 1083
10 Sep 2021
Harbour Front Literaturfestival, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Robin Peter Müller, direction & violin / Anna Prohaska, soprano / Carolin Emcke, text
Anna Prohaska and the La Folia Barockorchester provided musical answers to questions between love and loss from eight centuries. Together, the author and the musicians celebrated “Celebration of Life in Death” on that evening at HARBOUR FRONT SOUNDS and gave expression to hope and grief in times of pandemic.
6 + 27 Aug 2019
Festwochen Innsbruck, Musikfest Bremen
Robin Peter Müller, direction & violin / Bejun Mehta, countertenor
G. F. Händel: Ouverture, March and Arias of Cesare from the opera “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” HWV 17