This year, vocal ensemble amarcord celebrates 25 years of a cappella art to highest international standards.
The quintet has just released its 25th CD production and celebrated the premiere of “Kinderreime und Nonsensverse” (nursery rhymes and nonsense lines) by composer Jörg Widmann. As one of the leading formations in early music, amarcord set accents at the Bachfest Leipzig, at the Bachwoche Ansbach, during the first cooperation with Calmus and at the Heinrich-Schütz-Fest with the Cappella Sagittariana Dresden. On stage, amarcord breaks new ground with scenic productions “Ballroom Dreams”, a ball evening with Wishful Singing and Friend ‘n Fellow, or “It’s Schiller! – Die Maltheser. Tragödie.”, a dance theater production by choreographer and director Irina Pauls. These diverse projects as well as numerous concerts from Berlin to Walkenried, from the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to the Bodensee Festival and from Rotterdam via Tokyo to Chicago make 2017 a fulfilling anniversary year.
The new album “Tenebrae” is a contemplative display of the works by the Leipzig quintet that covers the entire range from early monophonic and polyphonic chants (Gregorian chants and Hildegard von Bingen) via the polyphony of the Renaissance by grandmasters such as Johannes Ockeghem and Thomas Tallis to contemporary works of Sydney Boquiren, Ivan Moody and Leipzig-based Marcus Ludwig, which were written for amarcord.