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bläserquintett der staatskapelle berlin


the quintet in the schiller theater berlin

wind quintet of the staatskapelle berlin

The five musicians of this ensemble have a long history of collaboration and personal friendship which shines through in their vitality and joyous approach to music making. The first years were very much dominated by classical and modern repertoire, resulting in a homogenous musical approach and sound. However, the modest offerings of high quality wind quintet literature were quickly exhausted, leading to the desire to find new outlets. The result was musical experimentation with varying arrangements. Depending on the program, bass clarinet, piano or even a second wind quintet were added. The idea of new readings of well-known works by arranging them for wind quintet became central. Many unusual projects and CD productions followed. World premiers and commissioned works by Detlev Glanert and Frank Raschke among others, and premiers of many new arrangements took the musicians on excursions to the outer limits of classical music. Long time friend and double bass player Frithjof Martin Grabner and pianist Elisaveta Blumina joined the quintet for some of the most interesting and beautiful arrangements. Cellist David Geringas played Franz Schubertís Arpeggione Sonata, cello sonatas by Sergej Prokofiev and Johannes Brahms, accompanied by the quintet in skill full arrangements by Heribert Breuer. Many of these rare and beautiful treats have been recorded for Sony Classics. The Wind Quintet of the Staatskapelle Berlin has been enthusiastically received at festivals around the world, from Europe to the United States, where the members have also given chamber music courses and performed together with young artists.