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October 28, 2005
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Here they are – finally! A collections of nice shots from our 2005 FESTIVALENSEMBLE members, from Steve and from Sebastian. Let all the good memories return while looking at the pictures! And don’t forget to visit the webpage later in November for brandnew information on next year’s programme – MEET MOZART!

Fri September 16, 2005
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I will refrain from writing too many words about our last days together. The concerts in Leipzig, Berlin and Essen were more than a wonderful experience musically - they were an impressive and very moving example of how music can unite and integrate people of different origin and personal background. We want to express our gratitude towards our - your - sponsors: They not only accept the importance of this project but act! Without their generous support the FESTIVALENSEMBLE STUTTGART could not exist. And this is where I stop talking and invite you to stroll through the pictures once more after five weeks of intense working, celebrating and enjoying each others presence, company and ongoing friendship.

We all from the Bachakademie are happy to having helped on our side to make this happen. Without you great musicians and wonderful people it wouldn't have been half the fun... don't forget us and come back next year to MEET MOZART!
Yours
Birgit, Elisabeth, Susanne, Holger, Tobias, Dieter, Andreas and Helmuth

ps: the "best pictures" pages are in preparation - send your files to soon!

Mon September 12, 2005
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After the last Lecture Concert on Thursday we started to rehearse the "soundtrack version" of the b-minor Mass for the premiere of Bastian Clevé's film "Klang der Ewigkeit" on Friday. This turned out to be quite a tricky business since all tempi had to match those of the Film exactly - and took us one and a half days to reach that goal. It ended up in a remarkable performance with dimmed light and the movie being projected to the back wall of the stage Saturday night. Sunday evening the final concert of the European Music Festival was performed. The Beethovensaal was completely sold out and the audience were once more impressed by the high level of the Festivalensemble. With the traditional party in the Hospitalhof we completed this second phase of the 2005 Festivalensemble session and are now looking forward to the concert tour to Leipzig, Berlin and Essen which starts Monday morning with the train ride of 110 tired musicians and staff to Leipzig. Last update and short videos after our return next week on saturday.

Thu September 8, 2005
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From Monday until today we did Lecture Concerts every evening with the last parts of the b-minor Mass being perforemed tonight. Of course every single Lecture Concert had to be rehearsed in detail with all excerpts, starting and stopping notes so we had very few unvoluntary soloistic appearances so far… (a big compliment to the ensemble!). The Viola class play Happy Birthday variations for their colleagues Florian and Sandra on today’s short video. Next update on monday.

Mon September 5, 2005
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What a week! Another great evening with two sold-out concerts of Bach Motets in the Stiftskirche followed by Brandenburg Concertos no. 5, 3 & 4 in the Neues Schloss. You will find links to *.mp3 files on this pages after the festival. Next came the concert of our masterclass teachers, Christine Schornsheim, Hille Perl and Robert Ehrlich on Friday. The FES team and the teachers were invited to Rillings house in Warmbronn and all Canadian FES members had an evening out in the Bebenhausen Monastary with the Canadian Honourary Consul Theo Schweiker. Saturday evening we had an “open stage” concert in the Hospitalhof with a choice of music ranging from Bach (the mandoline version only lately rediscovered by GMD Prof. G. Suessmuth) to the Beatles. A great event (followed by another party, of course…). Fortunately all were back in good shape for the church service Sunday morning with Bach’s A-major Mass. It was a beautiful Sunday with a free afternoon and even the statues in the church seemed to enjoy the sunshine! Our short video shows excerpts form the open stage concert. Next news on Thursday.

Thu September 1, 2005
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The first half of our first week in Stuttgart passed by quickly. After the first lecture concert with Bach Motets in the Stiftskirche Tuesday evening the orchestra performed three Brandenburg Concertos (No’s 1, 6 & 2) later that night in the Neues Schloss – both concerts were completely sold out and the Festivalensemble did a great job! Wednesday evening the masterclasses did their concert with music from the 17th and 18th century on period instruments – the grande finale being a concerto for 6 recorders by J.B.de Boismortier!

Mon August 29, 2005
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sunlight twilight floodlight candlelight highlight limelight monlight – lights off in Überlingen after a touching first performance of Bach’s b-minor Mass in the Salem Castle and a great party with the Fab Few playing until midnight (see and hear in the short video). Sunday we all travelled to Stuttgart where we will perform during the next two weeks before we go on tour to Leipzig, Berlin and Essen. Next update on thursday.

Fri August 26, 2005
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!!NEW!! Visitors of our website who think they have to wait too long for a news update sometimes now can pass away a little time with a little game of memory... Thursday evening we did the first in a long row of concerts. The College Auditorium was filled far beyond its capacities and the audience enjoyed a fine selection of Bach Motets and Brandenburg Concertos in an excellent performance, entrained by the Festivalensembles enthusiasm! You can listen to recordings of the concert (mp3) here. Saturday will be our last day in Überlingen already - we will have to close the office and move back to Stuttgart this weekend. Webcams will be shut off and we'll be back with daily news on monday.

Wed August 24, 2005
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Ha! A gang of non-Bach-music-playing subjects got caught red-handed yesterday night in a certain tent near Spetzgart castle. Must have been some anti rain ceremony since the sun came out and shone all afternoon today. Thank you folks! Great progress was achieved in the rehearsals of the Brandenburg Concertos and the lecture concerts of the b-minor Mass with some difficult excerpts were prepared. Unobserved by most of the public Matthew, Michael, Dan and Andreas warmed up for the finger nails-chewing semifinals (picture 16) on the Great Auditorium’s balcony. Next update on Friday.

Mon August 22, 2005
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There can’t be sunshine every day… it was raining plenty for the last days and actually enough for this whole summer (hopefully). Our boat trip to Lindau thus was a rather moist affair. We played games like “Mensch ärgere Dich nicht!” (man, annoy thee not!), 4 in row etc. on the 3 hours crossing. Still it was a day to relax from one week’s hard work. Sunday afternoon the masterclass participants arrived: 14 students of Harpsichord, Recorder and Viola da gamba and their teachers Christine Schornsheim, Hille Perl and Robert Ehrlich. Their classes started today. Next daily news on Wednesday - webmaster Hollie will be back from Stuttgart then.

Sun August 21, 2005
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Fri August 19, 2005
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Meanwhile the voice coaches Margret, Doris, Sabine, Peter and David got to know all of their choristers and now have the challenging task not only to work with them on the repertoire but also keep their voices in good condition for another four weeks! The day was mostly sunny but in the evening it started to rain and didn’t stop until now. Unfortunately the forecasts are not too good and all photographs look more or less like this – we’ll be back with daily nose tomorrow.

Thu August 18, 2005
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After a wonderful moonlit night later in the morning the sun turned out and some of us took their first bath in the Lake Constance. Some others tried sports or simply relaxed. Hollie the webmaster took the great shot of a snail in full flight and the blow-fly trying to pick a blackberry. Today’s short videos show choir warm-up exercises, Quoniam (with corno da caccia, a very rare instrument) and Brandenburg concertos and a demonstration of Japanese martial arts.

Wed August 17, 2005
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Day 3: the morning sun woke us up and after a rich breakfast rehearsals started with the choir getting to know the motets and the orchestra rehearsing the tricky parts of the b-minor Mass. Watch Jean Claude Gérard’s flute taming! Its effect became audible in the afternoon when we had a tutti rehearsal with full choir and orchestra– and it was a pleasure to sing and play the b-minor Mass for the first time all together! Todays native species: tyrannosaurus liliput (lizard), poppy seed, sun flower and maize. (Short videos: tomorrow)

Tue August 16, 2005
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All Festivalensemble members have arrived safely and Monday morning we all met in the Aula (see webcam fro live pictures) to be heartily welcomed by the headmaster of the Salem International College, Ingrid Sund and Helmuth Rilling and Andreas Keller from the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. Klaus Breuninger, choral conductor and responsible for the preparation of this years’ choir started the first choir rehearsal with a little warm-up then Helmuth Rilling took over while the instrumentalists had their first sectional rehearsals – much to their teachers contentment… Lectures on native species will be presented in loose sequence throughout the next two weeks; today we present: dog (Simba), cow, Grasehüpf, yellow flowers and ten millions of submicroscopic species.

The daily comments for the news written by Tobias. Photos & Short Videos by Hollie the webmaster.
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