Vocal Brilliance at the Highest Level (18.08.09)

(...) a fantastic new vocal ensemble has come to light, that, after concerts in Germany, has now wow-ed Innsbruck audiences.

(...) this group has, in a very short space of time, carved a very successful niche in this genre.

Crystal clear intonation and unshakebly sure listening to one another guaranteed the convincing performance of a programme that mixed sacred and profane music of the late Renaissance and the early Baroque under the title "Songs of Love and Death". Interspersed with verses of J. S. Bach's "Come, Sweet Death" it highlighted how the motettic artwork of Heinrich Schütz and Johann Hermann Schein was influenced by the expressive love poetry used in the madrigals of Gesualdo and Monteverdi.

The centrepiece of the programme were four settings of medieval English texts that Benjamin Britten composed one year before his death as a modern continuation of the old madrigal art, entitled "Sacred and Profane" (op. 91).

All this was set in the Baroque gem of Innsbruck's Mariahilf Kirche, with the warm acoustic of its central dome. The evening set a very high standard, and a benchmark for things to come.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kramer in the Wiener Zeitung, 18.08.09
(translated for Vokalquintett Berlin by Rachel Gilmore)
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