EnsemblesArtists of international rank; the ensembles and their programs
In 2009, Arianna Savall, daughter of the world-famous Catalan musicians Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, founded the Hirundo Maris ensemble, which specializes in ancient music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque and in their own compositions and early fusion. The focus is on the intention to combine Mediterranean and Nordic music: Like the swallow, which gives the ensemble its name, the ensemble finds common ground over the sea and the music, which have linked Scandinavia and the Iberian Peninsula since immemorial time.
Benjamin Bagby is one of the most well-known representatives and co-founder of the international early music scene. Between 1982 and 2013 his ensemble Sequentia has – for the very first time ever – released a recording with the whole work of Hildegard von Bingen in 9 CD’s (with almost 12 hours of playing time) and thereby has been establishing new standards for the contemporary performance of her compositions.
The women’s vocal ensemble from Prague (founded in 2008) has committed itself the goal to revive a wide range of medieval music in harmony with current knowledge about historical performance practices and language declamation.In the eleven years of its existence Tiburtina has already participated at numerous major festivals in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Belgium.
The ensemble Oni Wytars exists since 1983 and since then dedicates to the study of the interrelationships and mutual influences of the art music and popular music of the Mediterranean countries: The focus is on the research of the sounds of the Italian Trecento, the pilgrim songs from Catalan and Spanish manuscripts of the 13th and 14th Century and the melodies and the passionate poetry of the troubadours and trouvères.
The ensemble Ordo Virtutum has been founded by the musicologist Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Johannes Morent as a special ensemble for medieval music, which ranges from a small chamber music ensembles to scenic music theater (included “Ordo Virtutum” by Hildegard von Bingen). The aim is the connection between interpretation and musicological research in order to open up access to the musical world of medieval Europe.