Albrecht Mayer, Gottfried von der Goltz and the Berlin Baroque Soloists

Berliner Barock Solisten (photo: Frederic Brenner)

 “Johann Sebastian Bach loved the oboe beyond all measure”, says Albrecht Mayer, principal oboist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Bach’s superlative Concerto in A major for oboe d’amore is arguably proof of this. At this concert, he performs the piece with the Berliner Barock Solisten (Berlin Baroque Soloists), an ensemble composed of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker along with leading representatives of the Early Music scene. Other items on the evening’s programme are the virtuosic Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and concertante works by other members of the Bach family.

Berliner Barock Solisten

Albrecht Mayer oboe, oboe dʼamore, cor anglais

Gottfried von der Goltz violin and direction

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

Sinfonia in D minor, Wf I/3

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Concerto for Oboe, Strings and Continuo in G major (afther the Harpsichord Concerto, Wq 9)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (Early version)

Johann Christoph Bach

Lamento for Oboe d'amore, Violin, Strings Continuo (after "Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug hätte")

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Symphony for strings in E flat major, Wq/HWV deest

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Oboe d'amore, Strings and Continuo in A major, BWV 1055R

Dates and Tickets

Biographies

Berliner Barock Solisten

Historically informed performance practice on modern instruments - that was the concept which brought musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker and leading representatives of the early music scene together to form the Berlin Baroque Soloists in 1995. The formation was considered an innovative project, because at the time - as violinist Raimar Orlovsky recalls - "there was no focus at all on early music in our orchestra". But in Rainer Kussmaul, the Berliner Philharmoniker had a first concertmaster who infected his colleagues with his enthusiasm for baroque music. The members of the ensemble made a conscious decision to interpret 17th and 18th century compositions on modern instruments. This lead them to develop the unmique sound culture which has become their trademark. When Rainer Kussmaul retired in 2010, the ensemble placed the artistic direction in different hands until 2017, including those of Bernhard Forck, Daniel Hope and Frank Peter Zimmermann. Since 2018, Reinhard Goebel has been at the helm; the ensemble had released a highly-acclaimed recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with him the previous year. Raimar Orlovsky describes the collaboration with Goebel is an "opportunity to further develop performance practice on modern instruments and to redefine it once again for the music world".

Albrecht Mayer

Albrecht Mayer, who has been principal oboist of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1992, is one of the most sought-after soloists in the world. His sound ideal is drawn from the baroque oboe, which, as he says, offers a "wonderfully soft sound across all registers as an instrumental 'vox humana'". Mayer’s richly-modulated tone and unique legato was inspired by singers like Fritz Wunderlich as well as Daniel Barenboim "when he plays a Mozart piano concerto". Mayer received piano, recorder and singing lessons before he began playing the oboe at the age of ten. He began his professional career in 1990 as principal oboist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra before moving to the same position with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The multiple Echo prize-winner founded the New Seasons ensemble in order to realize his sonic ideas to the last detail. His CD Auf Mozarts Spuren stayed in the German classical music charts for months, while the album New Seasons with Handel transcriptions even made it into the German pop charts. As a soloist, Albrecht Mayer has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and is also an enthusiastic chamber musician with partners such as Hélène Grimaud and Leif Ove Andsnes. He enjoyed a fruitful artistic relationship with the late Lars Vogt.