AKAMUS RETURNS FOR THEIR 6TH U.S. TOUR
February 7-23, 2020
In May of 2005, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin made their US debut tour to critical acclaim and to sold‐out houses at many major venues. They returned to the US in 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017, all in conjunction with new Harmonia Mundi CD releases. Past tours included repeat visits to Carnegie Hall, Berkeley, Boston, Ann Arbor, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC and introduced the group to audiences stretching from Vancouver to Virginia.
The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Akamus) began as a courageous display of musical sovereignty against the East German socialist regime, and now, over thirty years later, they enjoy recognition as one of Europe’s greatest musical success stories. The ensemble has received numerous awards for its recordings including the Cannes Festival Award, the French Diapason d’or, the Dutch Edison Award, the British Gramophone Award, The Telemann Prize, as well as a Grammy Award nomination. The ensemble records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, and, in addition to their annual sold‐out series at the Berlin Konzerthaus, they appear at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Theatre des Champs‐Elysees in Paris, the Zürich Tonhalle, the Vienna Musikverein and other major European venues. In May 2014, Akamus became the first ever ensemble to be awarded the prestigious Bach Medal by the city of Leipzig.
Akamus can be counted on to bring together beloved works and wonderful discoveries, concertos as well as ensemble works, in a way that entrances audiences and critics alike.
For their return to North America, the program choices found below are no exception:
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin presents a panorama of timeless works, expressing the passions and emotions of Baroque music. Its rhythmic flow and appealing harmonics still captivate and surprise the audience to the present. This program unites catchy tunes like Pachelbel’s famous Canon, as well as powerful music by Händel, CPE Bach, and Vivaldi, where even the slow movements are of the most ravishing intensity. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Double concerto, a true masterpiece, shows once more how Baroque music owes much of its inspiration to dance music - in former times as popular as now.
Secrets of the Baroque
The music of the Baroque era is still a treasure chest full of virtuoso and astonishing works, music that still has to be re-discovered. Wondrous music sometimes, bearing surprising melodies and harmonious inventions that still amaze us. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has prepared an enchanting program of such gems. Their mix of lesser-known works by well-known composers, such as Vivaldi, Handel or Telemann, and works by almost forgotten composers brings us some of the best music that rarely reaches our ears, such as the amazing concerto by the Dutch nobleman van Wassenaer, which due to its marvelous quality, was formerly attributed to Pergolesi. Another highlight is Vivaldi’s Violin concerto, which presents the extravagant and bizarre within the established concerto form. This will truly be a program full of Secrets of the Baroque, and, thus, a typical program of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.