Baroque Christmas Music with Reinhard Goebel and the Karajan Academy

Rainhard Goebel (photo: Wolf Silveri)

The Karajan Academy’s collaboration with Reinhard Goebel is a true success story. For many years, the ensemble’s members have been profiting from the experience and passion of this conductor, one of the pioneers and leading figures of the Early Music movement. This year, he and the Karajan Academy will put us in the mood to celebrate Christmas with Baroque music from Italy, France and Germany. Some rarities will be heard, alongside old favourites like the Sinfonia from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto.

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Reinhard Goebel conductor

Johann Joachim Quantz

Pastorale in G major

Johann David Heinichen

Pastorale per la notte di Natale

Johann Sebastian Bach

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Part II: Sinfonia

Giuseppe Torelli

Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 8 No. 6

Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6 No. 8 “Christmas Concerto”

Pietro Antonio Locatelli

Concerto grosso in F minor, op. 1 No. 8

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Noël sur les instruments

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Reinhard Goebel

Described as an "icon of early music" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and "enlightenment in a sea of mediocrity" (New York Times), Reinhard Goebel is one of the leading specialists in the music of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. He is active as a mediator of historical performance practice with modern symphony and chamber orchestras as well as with numerous early music ensembles. In addition, as a researcher, he is constantly discovering new repertoire treasures. Goebel, who studied violin, historical performance practice and musicology, was the founder and for 33 years director of the Musica Antiqua Köln ensemble, which played a decisive role in the success story of early music. In 1990, paralysis forced him to swap the bow to his left hand, holding the instrument “back to front” - and to learn how to play “the wrong way round”. Since 2008, he has worked regularly with the Karajan Academy, and he has been Artistic Director of the Berlin Baroque Soloists since 2018. To this day, Goebel continues to inspire the orchestral world by combining passionate music-making with a meticulous knowledge of the sources. "You first have to let a piece pass you by in terms of sound - to really play it - and then say: I’ve discovered this, or I’ve discovered that,” he says. “This is interpretative work that I don't do at my desk, where I might say: let's do the line here, and the dynamics there. Instead, I try it out."


Karajan-Akademie (photo: Peter Adamik)