In 1992, Salzburg-based pianist and specialist for period keybord instruments Wolfgang Brunner founded the Salzburger Hofmusik as a variable ensemble ranging from trios to orchestras. The ensemble’s programs mainly include works from the 17th until the early 19th century, whereas the music of the orchestra at the Salzburg prince archbishop’s court sets a priority of the Hofmusik repertoire.

The name „Salzburg Hofmusik“ dates back to the 18th century when at that time it was a commonly-known label for the court orchestra. No wonder that many programs of today’s Salzburger Hofmusik demonstrate the role of Salzburg and its musical heritage within the Austrian and European cultural tradition.

This includes scholarly work, the discovery of new works and previously unnoticed or unjustly forgotten musical treasures. In terms of authentic performance the ensemble mainly (but not exclusively) performs on period instruments or faithful copies. The use of historical instruments and stylistic knowledge of performance practice alow a lively impression of the fascinating colour in music at the time of W.A. Mozart.

The Salzburger Hofmusik was, inter alia, invited to the Early Music Festivals in Bruges, Utrecht and Herne, the Salzburg Mozart Week, the Bad Kissinger Summer Festival and has travelled far to give concerts in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Israel and China.

Many of the 25+ CDs of the Salzburger Hofmusik have been released at the German labels CPO and profile – Edition Günter Hänssler (formerly felicitas). Among these are multiple premiere recordings of Salzburg composers of the Baroque and Classical period, such as Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber with his opera „Arminio“, the oldest surviving Salzburg Opera, Christmas music from the prince archbishop’s court and prequels of Mozart’s Church Sonatas as well as harpsichord and piano concertos by W.A. Mozart. The two albums „Beethoven and Folk Music“ and – in collaboration with the ensemble Tobias Reiser – „Schubert and Folk Music“ express the ensembles interest in lesser know works of the great names in Austrian music history. Further at CPO, the ensembles has released Johann Michael Haydn’s pantomime music „The Dream“ and assembled together the main instrumental works of Croatian composer Luca Sorkocevic .

Among recent releases of the Salzburger Hofmusik are Concertos for 3 and 2 Pianos by W.A. Mozart, „Schubert’s Friends“ (songs, chamber music and men quartets by A. Tonitz, A. Hüttenbrenner, F. Schubert and others), the musical comedies „The Wedding on the Alpine Pasture“ and „The Bass Player to Wörgl“ by J.M. Haydn and Mozart’s Horn Concertos, as well as compositions by Carlo Broschis aka Farinelli .

In 2012 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s oratorio „The Israelites in the Wilderness“ was published, again at CPO.

In autumn 2013 the Salzburger Hofmusik released another exciting treasure by Joseph Hadyn’s Salzburg brother Michael: his Wind Concertos for Clarinette, Horn, Tromone, Flute and Trumpet. This volume will be added up in late 2014 by a second volume to complete the Michael Haydn Wind Concerto series.

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