11 strings, harpsichord + wind soloists
Berliner Barock Solisten (Berlin Baroque Soloists)
Very few ensembles specializing in early music can display a level of artistic mastery akin to that of the Berliner Barock Solisten. Founded in 1995 by Rainer Kussmaul and other prominent members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the musicians and their director (as first among equals) have created a unique approach to performing works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The “Berlin Baroque Soloists” not only do justice to their name (each musician is a master soloist), they also play on historic, though modernized, instruments, using bows from various periods, depending on the work being performed. This flexibility, along with the homogeneity with which the ensemble plays and the presence of leading soloists from the “early music scene” within its ranks, is virtually unparalleled internationally. With historical discernment, the old is treated to a fresh hearing, to fresh thinking. The result is a modern interpretation, but without “modernization”.
This singular approach to interpretation has reaped stupendous worldwide acclaim from both public and press over the last 14 years. On concert platforms from Tokyo to Berlin, from London to New York – the “Soloists” appearances have left an indelible mark everywhere they have performed, ensuring the continual growth of their fan base. The ensemble’s activities are documented on numerous CDs. It also owes its popularity in no small measure to the quality of the artists who regularly perform with it: including Thomas Quasthoff, Christine Schäfer, Dorothea Röschmann, Emmanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer, Maurice Steger and Andreas Staier.