Salzburger Hofmusik 1. Nov. 2013 FM-Konzert 6
Salzburg-based pianist and early keyboard specialist Wolfgang Brunner founded the period-instrument group Salzburger Hofmusik in 1992. A extremely versatile ensemble, its size ranges from chamber music ensemble to larger orchestra. While embracing a repertoire that spans the 17th to early 19th century, a particular focus is on the orchestral music of the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg’ court, including works of Mozart, Biber and Michael Haydn.

The name Salzburger Hofmusik dates back to the 18th century, when it was the label commonly used to refer to the Salzburg court orchestra. Fittingly, many of the programmes performed by the Salzburger Hofmusik of today demonstrate the vital role of Salzburg and its musical heritage within the Austrian and European cultural tradition. This includes the research and re-discovery of great musical treasures that have been forgotten or unjustly neglected.

The Salzburger Hofmusik has performed at the Early Music Festivals in Bruges, Utrecht and Herne, the Salzburg Mozart Week (Mozartwoche), the Bad Kissinger Summer Festival and several others, and has toured to the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Israel and China.

Many of the more than 25 CDs of the Salzburger Hofmusik have been released on the German labels CPO and HänsslerProfil. Among these are multiple premiere recordings of works by Salzburg composers of the Baroque and Classical periods, including Arminio by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (the oldest surviving Salzburg Opera), Christmas music from the prince archbishop’s court, and early Church Sonatas, harpsichord and piano concertos by W.A. Mozart.

The two albums Beethoven and Folk Music and Schubert and Folk Music express the ensemble’s interest in lesser-known works of the great composers of Austrian music history. Also on CPO, the ensemble has released Johann Michael Haydn’s pantomime music The Dream, and has collected together the most important instrumental works of the Croatian composer Luka Sorkočević.

Among recent releases of the Salzburger Hofmusik are Concertos for 2 and 3 Pianos by Mozart, Schubert’s Friends (songs, chamber music and vocal quartets by Schubert and his circle), the musical comedies The Wedding on the Alpine Pasture and The Bass Player of Wörgl by Michael Haydn, Mozart’s four Horn Concertos, C.P.E. Bach’s oratorio The Israelites in the Wilderness and compositions by Carlo Broschi (aka Farinelli).

The most recent recordings of the Salzburger Hofmusik include Mozart’s complete Freemason’ music (CPO 2017) on period instruments, chamber music rarities by Telemann (CPO, 2016), and the complete solo concertos for wind and brass instruments by Michael Haydn (CPO, 2014).

July 2017

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