NEW PROJECTS AT ARCC
We are happy to welcome some new ensembles to our Special Projects section – despite all the corona-related restrictions. The Compagnia di Punto from Cologne, the Swiss soloist ensemble CHAARTS, the STEGREIF.orchester from Berlin and of course the Kronos Quartet based in San Francisco develop creative ideas to present and rediscover classical music in a surprising, unexpected way. Whether it is the arrangement, the concert format or the music itself that is reinvented through improvisation – these committed, unconventional ensembles fascinate the professional world and delight the audience!
Founded at the Künstlerhaus Boswil in 2010 and since then residing there, the CHAARTS ensemble has made a name for itself with the public and with well-known soloists, both nationally and internationally, thanks to its chamber music-style playing culture. In the 2021_22 season, CHAARTS and soprano Regula Mühlemann took a bow from Griegs Peer Gynt and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to Gounods Roméo et Juliette under the motto Feenlieder, and invited the flutist Maurice Steger to the Suite Italienne. You can find details here.
Beethoven’s symphonies in miniature – “An excellent ensemble opens up new perspectives on Beethoven’s symphonies 1 to 3”, the NDR judged in February about the latest CD release by the Compagnia di Punto. the ensemble presents the symphonies in arrangements by Beethoven’s contemporaries Friedrich Ebers and Ferdinand Ries for a chamber ensemble of only ten musicians – a special opportunity to discover new things in a familiar repertoire! Find out more here.
The intensive examination of traditional concert literature as well as today’s musical styles and sound forms, variable spatial and performance concepts, improvisation and playing without notes and conductor – the Berlin STEGREIF.orchester opens up new forms of reception in the classic repertoire. #FreeMahler – What Earth tells us reflects Mahler’s romantic concept of nature with regard to the acutely threatened environment of the present. More projects can be found here and here.
Experimentation, a spirit of discovery and the courage to constantly reinvent the string quartet game are the hallmarks of the Kronos Quartet, which is based in San Francisco. As one of the leading and most influential ensembles of its kind, it has shaped the international music scene for over 45 years in thousands of concerts and over 60 recordings. The Kronos Quartet works with the most renowned artists of its time and has placed over 1,000 orders for new compositions and arrangements to date. Among the more than 40 awards the ensemble has received are the Polar Music Prize, the Avery Fisher Prize and the Edison Klassiek Oeuvreprijs.