Les Menestrels

Les Menestrels
Early Music Ensemble


he Les Menestrels Ensemble was founded in 1963 by Klaus and Michel Walter. Their original involvement with the music of the 20th century eventually led to an interest in the structural polyphony of 14th and 15th-century music, as exemplified by the Ars Nova in particular. The works of this period continue to be the group’s main focus, although their repertoire has expanded to include works written up to about 1600. Their historical instrumentarium has gradually grown to enable as faithful a reproduction as possible of each period’s characteristic sound. Les Menestrels achieved their first major success at the 1965 Wiener Festwochen (Vienna International Festival) with their staged performance of the cantefable "Aucassin und Niclolete," for which H.C. Artmann contributed the translation. To programmes consisting entirely of concert music they subsequently added programmes with a literary thread, or those that included staged performances. The group has not entirely forgotten its origins in the contemporary music field, however. One of their programmes features a comparison of parallel aspects of old and new music. Depending on the programme, four to ten singers and instrumentalists participate in the ensemble’s concerts. They have access to some 70 historical instruments authentic to the period between 1200 and 1600. Concerts and radio and television recording sessions have taken the ensemble to nearly every European country and to the USA, Canada and Japan. The ensemble has made recordings on the Westminster, Amadeo, Belvedere and Mirror Music labels. Les Menestrels have performed at festivals including the Vienna International Festival (Wiener Festwochen), the Salzburg Festival, the Festivales d‘España, the Festival Estival de Paris, the International Organ Week in Nuremberg, the Passau European Festival (Europäische Wochen Passau), the Lucerne International Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Festival, the Schwetzinger Festival, Music in Old Krakow, Festivals in Osijek, Flanders, Istanbul, Ljubljana, and Ochrid, the Maulbronn "Monastery Concerts," and many others.

Birgit Kurtz ~ Soprano, Florian Mayr ~ Countertenor
Kurt Kempf ~ Tenor, Erich Klug ~ Bass
Klaus Walter ~ Lute, Michel Walter ~ Cornetto
Eva Brunner ~ Descant Strings
Gebhard Chalupsky ~ Tubing Sheet Instruments

Vol. 08: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2005-2006Vol. 08: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2005-2006
The 20th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Edition
The most beautiful Concert Highlights
from Maulbronn Monastery 2005-2006

The 50th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts
Anniversary Series, Vol. 8

Highlights from:
George Frideric Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 (September 24 & 25, 2005)
The concert "Baroque in Blue · A Crossover between Early Music & Jazz" (June 3, 2005):
Ferdinand Donninger: Musical idea of a sea battle
Michel-Richard Delalande: Concert de Trompettes
Girolamo Fantini: Trumpet Sonata No. 4 "Detta del Saracinelli"
The concert "Hosanna in excelsis · Music & Poetry in the Middle Ages" (June 5, 2005):
Nikolaus Apel Codex: Psalm 115: "Nicht uns, o Herr, nicht uns..."
c. 1300: Nova laude, terra, plaude... · 14th Century: Chaldivaldi
Alfonso el Sabio: Praeludio: "Santa Maria amar..."
Excerpts from the concert "Musica Sacra · De Maria Virgine" (May 18, 2006):
Mikhail Glinka: Kheruvimskaya (Cherubim's Song) · Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria
George Frideric Handel: Dignare from the Te Deum in D Major, HWV 283 "Dettingen"
Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu, meine Freude · Dietrich Buxtehude: Cantate Domino canticum novum
Highlights from the piano recital "Grand Piano Masters · Carnaval" (May 25, 2006):
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332 Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 16 in A Minor, Op. 42, D. 845 Robert Schumann: Excerpts from Carnaval, Op. 9 "Little Scenes on Four Notes"
Live recordings from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 103 Minutes
Digital Album · 35 Tracks · incl. Digital Booklet
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