Dresden Chamber Choir

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Dresden Chamber Choir
Seat: Dresden / Germany
Founding: 1985
Genus: Chamber choir
Founder: Hans-Christoph Rademann
Head : Hans-Christoph Rademann
Voices : 18–44 ( SATB )
Website : http://dresdner-kammerchor.de

The Dresden Chamber Choir is a mixed choir founded by Hans-Christoph Rademann in Dresden in 1985 .

History and repertoire

The Dresden Chamber Choir was founded in 1985 by students led by Hans-Christoph Rademann at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden , and Rademann has been the director of the choir since then. The Dresden Chamber Choir is a mixed ensemble whose members are trained singers, music students and qualified amateur singers alike. The choir is still connected in partnership with the Dresden Music Academy, where Rademann was appointed professor for choral conducting in 2000. The Dresden Chamber Choir enables singing and conducting students to gain practical choral experience at a professional level while they are still studying.

The profile of the choir includes a. maintaining court music in Dresden, including several premieres and re-performances of sacred works by Johann David Heinichen , Johann Adolph Hasse and Jan Dismas Zelenka . The choir is also committed to the repertoire of Romanticism and contemporary music and has received several awards for interpretations of this music at international competitions (Marktoberdorf, Maasmechelen, Tolosa). In the Messiaen year of 2008, the Dresden Chamber Choir performed the Cinq Rechants by Olivier Messiaen five times , one of the key works in contemporary vocal music after the end of the Second World War. 1994–2009 the choir regularly took part in the festival of early music in the Ore Mountains. The choir also performs at the Erzgebirge Music Festival, which has been held in the region since 2010. For the 20th anniversary of the choir in 2005, an international composition competition was announced, four works were premiered on October 31, 2005 in the Semperoper , the 1st prize went to the German composer Reiko Füting, who lives in the USA .

Concert tours have led the choir so far a. to most of European countries, the United States, China, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Israel, South Africa and South America. The Dresden Chamber Choir was represented at various international festivals, including a. Bach Week Ansbach , Halle Handel Festival , Rheingau Music Festival , Göttingen Handel Festival and Salzburg Festival . The choir works u. a. with the following conductors and orchestras: Paul McCreesh , Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos , Riccardo Chailly , Ádám Fischer , René Jacobs , Sir Roger Norrington , Herbert Blomstedt , the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin , the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra .

Numerous CDs (from carus, naxos and Raumklang) document the repertoire. In 2005, a recording by the Dresden Chamber Choir was awarded the German Record Critics' Prize (Hasse / Requiem, carus). In addition to the great works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Händel , works by the Dresden court music and the Marienvesper by Claudio Monteverdi , three a cappella CDs have been released which also represent contemporary music with works by Arnold Schönberg , Frank Martin and Arvo Pärt .

Since 2011, the Dresdner Kammerchor has been realizing the first complete recording of Heinrich Schütz's works under the overall musical direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann and in cooperation with Carus-Verlag Stuttgart and MDR Figaro . In 2016, Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Dresden Chamber Choir received an annual award from the German Record Critics for the Johannes Passion from Schütz . The complete recording should be available in 2019.

The Dresdner Kammerchor is a member of the KlangNetz Dresden .


A cappella

  • 1996 Sacred choral music from four centuries I , Raumklang RK9604, a cappella choral works by H. Schütz, JH Schein, JS Bach, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, J. Brahms, R. Mauersberger
  • 1998 Sacred choral music from four centuries II , Raumklang RK9705, a cappella choral works by JH Schein, R. Ramsey, A. Bruckner, M. Reger, A. Schönberg, F. Martin
  • 2001 Johann Hermann Schein : Israelsbrünnlein , Carus 83.153, completed in 2012 as a complete recording and republished
  • 2002 Christmas , Raumklang RK2201, a cappella choral works by H. Schütz, C. Demantius, J. Eccard, JG Rheinberger, J. Brahms, M. Reger, F. Poulenc, J. Sandström, K. Gundermann and others
  • 2005 Max Reger : There were two royal children , Reger vocal III, Carus 83.231
  • 2011 Heinrich Schütz : Italian Madrigals, Carus 83.237
  • 2012 Heinrich Schütz: 12 sacred chants, Carus 83.239
  • 2015 Heinrich Schütz: St. Matthew Passion, Carus 83.259
  • 2015 O Holy Night , a cappella choral works by F. Wüllner, M. Bruch, M. Reger and others, Carus 83.392
  • 2016 Heinrich Schütz: St. John Passion , Carus 83.270

With orchestra / continuo

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