The six Original Sounds concerts promise – in the truest sense of the word – breathtaking musical experiences. Not surprisingly, flute, organ and vocals are the focus of this series. As international, diverse and different the ensembles and soloists of the series are, they are united by one ideal: to present the music of the 18th century using historically informed performance practice. Whether presented on original or modern instruments, the intention is always to reflect as closely as possible the musical ideas of the time, and to present the manifold musical facets of an era in which the foundations of modern musical aesthetics were laid.

Two ensembles from Berlin

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is one of the ensembles that plays on period instruments or modern replicas. Its concert in the chamber music hall under the direction of violinist Georg Kallweit takes the audience to the Dresden court of Augustus the Strong and recreates a royal musical evening. In addition to works of well known Baroque masters such as Antonio Vivaldi, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and Johann Adolf Hasse, the programme also includes pieces by composers who were known then, but whose names are now largely forgotten: Francesco Maria Veracini, Matthäus Nikolaus Stulick, Johann Georg Pisendel and Johann David Heinichen. The evening's soloist is the recorder player Maurice Steger. Lively, brilliant and highly virtuosic, he elicits from his instrument a wide range of musical timbres and moods. The Berlin Baroque Soloists/Berliner Barock Solisten, the “historical special forces” of the Berliner Philharmoniker, perform Early music on modern instruments. For their first appearance this season, they commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The concert focuses on the concertos and symphonies of the composer, whose music builds a bridge from the contrapuntal style of the Baroque to the new, more sensitive expression of the early Classical period. Guest artists are the Dutch flautist Jacques Zoon, who captivates his listeners with a lightweight, flexible and yet radiant tone, the Philharmoniker's principal cellist Bruno Delepelaire and the conductor Reinhard Goebel, an acknowledged expert on Bach's music, who directs the evening. The second concert of the Berlin Baroque Soloists concentrates on the organ. Kay Johannsen, Cantor and Director of liturgical music at the Collegiate Church Stuttgart, plays concertos by Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel.

Sacred and secular edification

Two internationally renowned ensembles of the Early music scene take us to even older sound worlds: Il Giardino Armonico, led by the recorder player and conductor Giovanni Antonini, goes on a journey with the theme La morte della ragione through the music of the Renaissance and early Baroque with its joy in emotionally charged expression. In a concert entitled The Musical Europe & La Réunion des Goûts, the viol player Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations show how much the different music styles of the individual European nations have always influenced each other. The finale of the Original Sounds series is an appearance by Concerto Melante, the ensemble in which members of the Berliner Philharmoniker play on historical instruments. Together with soprano Nuria Rial, they will perform sacred works by Georg Friedrich Handel and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and concertos and sonatas by Domenico Gallo, Pietro Locatelli and Giuseppe Torelli.