Poly­harmo­nique


Ensemble Polyharmonique is a collective of vocal soloists with a focus on vocal music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.


Ensemble Polyharmonique, photographed by Christian Palm

Ensemble Polyharmonique is a collective of singers from the versatile EARLY MUSIC scene of Europe. The vocal music of the Renaissance and the Baroque era form the core repertoire of the ensemble. Taking historical performance practice into account, the ensemble combines ideas from German and Franco-Flemish vocal culture to lively poetic interpretations. The basic ensemble includes 6 vocal soloists a cappella or accompanied by the basso continuo and can vary depending on the programme (4-13 singers).

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Invitations to festivals all over Europe speak to the international appreciation of Ensemble Polyharmonique.These include the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Bachfest Leipzig, Meer Stemmig Gent, Musica Divina Mechelen, Les Nuits de Septembre Liège, the Trigonale Klagenfurt, the Thüringer Bachwochen, the Händelfestspiele Halle, the Tage der Alten Musik Regensburg, Heinrich Schütz Musikfest, the Days of Early Music Bratislava and others.

For the repertoire with instrumental accompaniment, such as the oratorios, masses and cantatas by J.S.Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri, the Monteverdi Vespers or the Messiah by G.F.Haendel, renowned baroque orchestras could be won as partners, among them the {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna from Katowice, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, L’arpa festante and the La Folia Barockorchester.

In addition to the well-known repertoire of EARLY MUSIC, the Ensemble Polyharmonique is dedicated to the discovery of unknown works of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The CDs “Musicalische Seelenlust” with music by Thomaskantor Tobias Michael (1592-1657), and “Cavalli-Requiem” with works by Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) and Alessandro Grandi (1577-1630) (both on Raumklang Records) were released in 2015.

In 2017 the world premiere recording of “Chor-Music auff Madrigalmanier” by Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611-1675) was released, and in 2019 the full-length oratorical St. Mark Passion of Italian coinage by Johann Georg Künstel (c1645-1694).

The recording of “Geistliche Chor-Music 1648” by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) has been released in October 2020.

The Ensemble Polyharmonique was able to realise two CD productions in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Zwölf Madrigalischen Trostgesänge” by Wolfgang Carl Briegel (1626-1712) and the “HISTORIA NATIVITATIS – a Christmas Oratorio after Heinrich Schütz – SWV 435” (1585-1672) will be released on the cpo label in 2021.

Newsletter

Three to four times a year we will inform you about our
work in progress and invite you to our concerts.




    Ensemble Voices


    Joowon Chung, Soprano


    Matthias Lutze, Basso


    Johannes Gaubitz, Tenore


    Sören Richter, Tenore


    Alexander Schneider,
    Primus Inter Pares & Alto


    Magdalene Harer, Soprano


    Basso Continuo


    An essential part of our musical work with music of the 17th and 18th centuries is the basso continuo.


    It provides the fundament on which all musical processes happen and allows the soloists of Ensemble Polyharmonique to flourish.
    In Juliane Laake (violone) and Klaus Eichhorn (organo di legno) we have the ideal musical partners to accompany us as permanent guests in our concerts and recordings.
    The sound colour spectrum of the BC team can be extended by Magnus Andersson (tiorba) and Maximillian Ehrhardt (harpa doppia).

    Juliane Laake
    Violone

    Klaus Eichhorn
    Organo di legno