BERLIN FOCUS

Chamber music and concertos 

Finding revelations in the "empfindsam" Style

For this multiannual project Ensemble Diderot puts the spotlight on the cosmopolitan German capital. As always, the four creative musicians wander far from the beaten track and want to draw a new picture of a musical landscape we all thought we knew, finding revelations in the so-called “empfindsam” style and exploring Berlin’s connection with Paris. The focus, as at the inception in Berlin of the modern concert open to all, is on rediscovering forgotten treasures and the pure enjoyment of listening.

 

Several recordings, a multi-media project and numerous concert programmes reflect the splendour and elegance of the Berlin School and allow the French ensemble to show itself once again as a passionate innovator and storyteller. 

Ensemble Diderot at the Brandenburg Gate

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The Berlin Album
Ensemble Diderot

“The Berlin Album”, the fourth volume in our cities series features a programme of trio sonatas, including the first recording of Graun’s Sanguineus and Melancholicus. The album has been met with universal critical acclaim and received the International Classical Music Award in the category “Baroque instrumental”.

C.F.C. Fasch
Philippe Grisvard

Ensemble Diderot’s keyboard player Philippe Grisvard explores Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, the harpsichordist at the Prussian court next to CPE Bach on a new solo album of world-premiere recordings that make it possible to rediscover an original and visionary composer, neglected by musicians and underestimated by musicologists.

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Concert programmes

Berlin-Paris

Trio Sonatas

Johann Philipp Kirnberger

Trio sonata in D Minor

Jean-Marie Leclair

Trio sonata in A Major, op. 4, no. 6

Johann Gottlieb Graun

Trio in  G Major „Melancholicus & Sanguineus“

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Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville

Trio sonata in E Minor op. 2, no. 1

Jean-Pierre Guignon

Duo „Les Sauvages et la Furstemberg“ 

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg

Trio sonata in C Major (BWV 1037)

Berlin-Dresden

Concertos

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg

Sonata a quattro in C Minor

Johann Georg Pisendel

Violin concerto 

Johann Gottlieb Graun

Harpsichord concerto

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Johann Wilhelm Hertel

Cello concerto 

Johann Gottlieb Janitsch

Quadro in D Major

Future plans

2022 will see a recording with Johannes Pramsohler and Philippe Grisvard in which Bach’s cycle of Six Sonatas for harpsichord and violin BWV 1014-1019 is broken up and juxtaposed with sonatas from Berlin contemporaries such as CPE Bach, Schaffrath and Graun. A triple CD packed with 15 sonatas, including 5 world premiere recordings is due for release in Spring and the programme will be touring Europe throughout the ‘22 and ’23 seasons, including the Leipzig Bachfest.

Bach & Entourage 2

Cello concertos

Also in 2022, Ensemble Diderot cellist Gulrim Choï releases an album of cello concertos by north German composers connected to Berlin. Together we undertook

 

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Harpsichord concertos

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