Baroque Trumpet Ensemble Berlin
artistic direction: Johann Plietzsch
The Baroque Trumpet Ensemble Berlin, founded in 1990 by Johann Plietzsch, specializes in trumpet music from 1500 to 1800. The repertoire of the ensemble extends from the oldest preserved processional and ceremonial music of the court trumpeters, through the period of the flourishing art of playing clarino in Europe from the end of the 17th. to the middle of the 18th. century, to the orchestral trumpet parts of the Classical Period.
The main core of the ensemble consists of four baroque trumpets and timpani. Cooperation with singers and other instrumentalists allows the presentation of the full extend of baroque trumpet music possibilities, from intimate chamber music to the full-scored sound of court music in all its splendor. Thus it is possible to present to the listener all the rich sounds of the early music tradition.
The Baroque Trumpet Ensemble Berlin has thus far successfully undertaken concerts, broadcasting and recording with baroque orchestras such as Baroque Orchestra Bremen, Capella Cantorum Berlin (Dir. Klaus Eichhorn), Musica Alta Ripa, Hannover, Fiori musicali, the Saxonian Baroque Orchestra Leipzig, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Musica Florea Prague and many other chamber music groups in the genre of early music. The Ensemble has partizipated in the Bach - Tage Berlin and other music festivals such as the Göttinger Händelfestspiele, Musikfest Schloß Weikersheim, the Festival Hohenloher Musiksommer, the Musikfestspiele Potsdam-Sanssouci and the Summer Music festivals in Sachsen-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Concerts tour have been made by the Baroque Trumpet Ensemble Berlin in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Norway, Israel, Czech Republic and Poland.
Apart from numerous concerts and recordings with other ensembles, every year Baroque Trumpet Ensemble Berlin presents one or two of its own concert programmes, in which, besides well-know baroque trumpet repertoire, the newly-discovered pieces of music in colourful instrumentations are played.
So the Ensemble released at the Label Edition Raumklang 2011 the CD “Tromba Hispanica – Music of the Spanish Court-Trumpeters” and 2012 “The King’s Christmas” – Christmas at the court of English King’s. Both productions got very good reviews in the press and were broadcasted in a lot of radio stations in Germany and Europe as well.
In 2015 the new CD of the Ensemble was released at Label Edition Raumklang:
English Trumpetmusic from Purcell to Handel
Musicians of the Ensemble
Johann Plietzsch, Christian Ahrens, Ludger Starke
timpani & percussion
Heiner Herzog, Wolfgang Eger
Bernhard Meier, Lars Juling, Volkmar Jäger
Matthias Suschke, Klaus Treu
theorba & lute
Sarah Perl - viola da gamba, violone