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It’s no longer unusual that student musicians devote themselves to HIP performance after they finish their conservatory training; but it is slightly unusual that a whole ensemble grows out of a sharedstudent experience. Yet that is precisely what this debut recording celebrates – the International Baroque Players was born out of one year’s intake into the European Baroque Ochestra scheme and the Brittens-Pears Baroque Orchestra, and without any big name conductor at the helm, they have hopefully now made the…

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18th century Dresden must have been a dazzling place, both visually and aurally. Under Augustus the Strong and his successors, all the arts were used for Electoral display. So one might marvel at the Electoral art collection, the architecture of the Zwinger, the Meissen china, the treasures in the Grünes Gewölbe, the operatic performances, the music at court and in the Royal chapel. The orchestra, the Dresden Hofkapelle, was one of the largest and finest in Europe, with first class musicians in all sections, so…

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Der Violinvirtuose Johann Georg Pisendel unterhielt Kontakte zu zahlreichen bedeutenden Musikern seiner Zeit: Er ließ sich am Ansbacher Hof unter der Anleitung von Giuseppe Torelli ausbilden und besuchte 1709 erstmals Johann Sebastian Bach in Weimar. Ende 1711 wurde Pisendel dann zum „Premier violon“ am Hof des Sächsischen Kurfürsten in Dresden ernannt. In dieser Funktion reiste er 1716/17 nach Venedig und lernte dort Antonio Vivaldi kennen. Später weilten Georg Friedrich Händel und Johann Friedrich Fasch…

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The next generation, wieder einmal: Der Barock-Geiger Johannes Pramsohler, geboren 1980, stammt aus Südtirol, dort, am Konservatorium von Bozen, lernte er sein musikalisches Handwerk, um sich dann "in der Welt" weiterzubilden, unter anderem in London bei der renommierten Barock-Violinistin Rachel Podger, und in Paris, wo er heute lebt. Als Orchestermusiker spielt Pramsohler schon seit längerem in renommierten Alte-Musik-Ensembles, etwa beim King's Consort und dem Concert d'Astrée, legt aber mit dieser…

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News: New website launched

26th June 2012

To coincide with the launch of his new CD, Johannes' website underwent a major overhaul and re-design by Alan Long of Sane & Able. It will be updated regularly with news, concert details, videos and music. If you want to know more about Johannes' daily activities, see personal snapshots from tours and if you would like to be kept in the loop with news, like him on Facebook and/or follow him on…

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Johannes' debut CD Pisendel – Violin concertos from Dresden, which he recorded for the German label Raumklang has had an outstanding review in the German Classical Music magazine Fono Forum. The CD includes works by Handel, Fasch, Telemann, Heinichen and Pisendel, several in their world premiere recordings. Johannes describes the process of making this recording (researching the music, building an interpretation without any baggage  and presenting it to concert audiences for the first time) as a “thrilling…

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