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The Art of Fugue
After having given new insight into Bach’s Musical Offering, Johannes Pramsohler and his colleagues of Ensemble Diderot team up with young French light designer Mathieu Cabanes to stage Bach’s last work of unparalleled splendour and poetry.
Ensemble Diderot violinists Johannes Pramsohler and Roldán Bernabé give a fascinating insight into the champions league of violinists in mid 18th century France. "La Furstemberg" arranged for two violins without bass: Italian virtuosity combined with French elegance!
Sonate a quattro
Goldberg, Fasch, Telemann...
In this new project we take up the repertoire of the ‘sonata a quattro’. Owing to its appearance shortly before the emergence of the string quartet, the ‘sonata a quattro’ was largely disregarded, yet occupied an important intermediary role between the baroque the early classical era.
Fugue in C Minor
Poised between the Baroque trio sonata and the classical string quartet, Goldberg's stimulating Sonata a quattro in C Minor has all the teutonic contrapuntal rigour, grace and gravitas of his great teacher, J.S. Bach.
Bach, Pisendel Heinichen, etc.
For this album we rummaged through Bach’s luggage and that of his contemporaries and found concertos that were probably conceived especially to be taken on journeys. We decided to group them around the first version of the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto. Get ready to hear some world premiere recordings.
An unforgettable Summer
Summer Highlights 2022
This Summer, Ensemble Diderot returned to one of Spain's foremost festivals, the QUINCENA MUSICAL in San Sebastian and we made our debuts at INNSBRUCKER FESTWOCHEN FÜR ALTE MUSIK as well as BAYREUTH BAROQUE.
Follow us in this video to some of the stunning locations we had the pleasure to visit!
Gulrim Choï & Ensemble Diderot
Ensemble Diderot cellist Gulrim Choï presents her solo debut. Faithful to the values of the ensemble, she looks at a facet of a repertoire that has been neglected over time. It is pre-classical music from northern Germany that she decides to highlight, through four chamber cello concertos – some of which have never been recorded before.
Important sonata collections of the Baroque often included monumental pieces on a ground bass. Bach’s famous Ciaccona for solo violin, Vivaldi’s Folia, Purcell’s “great” Chacony in G Minor to name only a few - and what perhaps started this fashion was this remarquable virtuosic piece by Corelli at the end of his op. 2 which took Europe by storm and eventually became the mother of all sonata collections.
Johannes Pramsohler, Roldán Bernabé and Simone Pirri play the first movement of Fux' Sonata for three violins without bass. An Audax Records world premiere recording.
Ensemble Diderot violinists Johannes Pramsohler and Roldán Bernabé give a fascinating insight into the champions league of violinists in mid 18th century France. Rameau's famous "Les Sauvages" arranged for two violins without bass: Italian virtuosity combined with French elegance!
Exaudet: Violin concerto
Johannes Pramsohler and Ensemble Diderot take a journey to the origins of the violin concerto in France and present the world premiere recording of André-Joseph Exaudet's concerto in E-flat Major. Hear the haunting second movement in this video clip.
Handel in Italy
Sinfonia in B-flat Major
Handel's intriguing and virtuosic Sinfonia, composed in Rome and copied by German star violinist Johann Georg Pisendel during his tour through Italy in 1716/1717 for use at the court of Dresden might have originally served as introduction to Handel's cantata "Agrippina, condotta a morire" HWV 110.
Trio Sonata Op. 4, No. 1
Leclair's captivating fusion of the exquisite French baroque idiom, with its languorous and lacy melodies, the exuberant Italian style and the rich textures of German counterpoint is endlessly fascinating. We will never get tired of exploring the gravitas of this sonata and the "brooding humours" of D Minor.
The fencing match
Dornel: Sonate en quatuor
Ensemble Diderot teamed up with two fencers for the breathtaking first movement of Dornel’s “Sonate en quatuor” exploring the fierce competition of the three violins in a new way.
Sonata for 3 Violins
Johann Joseph Fux
Trio sonata "Musique de table"
Tafelmusik - or in its original title "Musique de table" - is one of Telemann's most widely known compositions; it is the climax and at the same time one of the last examples of courtly table music.
The trio sonata in E-flat Major is one of the milestones of baroque chamber repertoire.
Sonatas for three violins
It was obvious that we had to record Pachelbel’s (in)famous Canon for our album "Sonatas for three violins". On the last day we had fun with the iconic Paternoster at the WDR in Cologne.
Fervour and melancholy
The Berlin Album
Ensemble Diderot records Graun's trio sonata "Sanguineus et Melancholicus" for the BERLIN ALBUM.
In this work, the violins represent two of the four basic psychological types which had dominated medical theory since the ancient Greeks.
A musical dispute
The Berlin Album
When people thought that instrumental music couldn’t be translated into words, Graun set out to show that it could not just tell a story but indeed represent a dialogue. The plot consists of a hotheaded Sanguineus conversing with a depressive Melancholicus