amarcord, vocal ensemble

Daniel Knauft ~ Robert Pohlers ~ Wolfram Lattke ~ Holger Krause ~ Frank Ozimek
                   

amarcord, vocal ensemble
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"Exquisite, a musically dazzling union of intelligent emotion, glittering esprit and supple elegance…"
~ Schwäbische Zeitung

amarcord is one of the leading international vocal ensembles performing today.  Born of the celebrated tradition of the St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig, their impeccable musicianship and ensemble technique create engaging performances of incredible beauty that have reached audiences around the globe.
The ensemble performs music from all periods of western music spanning from the Middle Age to modern compositions. amarcord appears regularly at the major international music festivals and tours throughout Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
amarcord opens the 2012/2013 with a tour of Australia, making stops in Perth, Sydney, New Castle and Melbourne. In the U.S., amarcord returns to the Cloisters Museum of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bach Society Houston and the Chelsea Music Festival and have recently been announced as a 2013 International Classical Music Award winner for their album Zu S. Thomas.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary season, amarcord partnered with the Goethe-Institut to tour Africa in 2011, with stops in Senegal, Togo and Ghana. In the U.S., they performed at The Cloisters Museum of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Diego Early Music Society, and in Arizona, Tennessee and Florida.
Recent North American highlights include Festival Vancouver, Le Domaine Forget, El Paso Pro Musica, the National Gallery of Art, the Malmgren Concert Series of Syracuse University and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Their newsest album Folks & Tales, includes folks songs from around the world. Their album Rastlose Liebe won the ECHO Klassik, the Luxembourgian Supersonic Award and the CARA Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award 2010 for Best Classical Album, and was nominated for the MIDEM Classical Award. Last season, they also released a recording of a special reconstructed version of J.S. Bach’s St. Mark Passion released by Carus-Verlag Stuttgart.
To celebrate the art of a capella singing, amarcord founded a cappella in 1997, an annual international festival of unaccompanied vocal music in Leipzig.  Now in its tenth anniversary season, a cappella presents a wide range of genres and styles.  Past and present performers have included The King’s Singers, Chanticleer, Trio Medieval, the Hilliard Ensemble, Take 6 and The House Jacks, among many others.
amarcord has won numerous international competitions, including in Tolosa (Spain), Tampere (Finland), Pohlheim (Germany), and the 1st Choir Olympiad in Linz (Austria). In 2002, amarcord won the German Music Competition for Chamber Music in Bonn. Two years earlier, amarcord received a grant from the German Music Council, and won the Crown Prize awarded by Holsten, the brewers. In 2002, the ensemble won the German Music Competition, having joined the ranks of the BA KJK (illustrous young musicians singled out by the German Music Council for special support) two years beforehand. Along with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and St. Thomas Boys Choir, amarcord is one of Leipzig’s main musical representatives in both Germany and abroad.
Founded in the fall of 1992 by former members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir, the present line-up is composed of tenors Wolfram Lattke and Martin Lattke, baritone Frank Ozimek and basses Daniel Knauft and Holger Krause.
amarcord CDs are released on the apollon classics label. 

 

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