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Johannes Brahms
Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen op 74/1
Fest- und Gedenkensprüche op. 109
Vier Gesänge für Frauenchor op. 17

Balthasar-Neumann choir & soloists
Soloists of the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble
Conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Johannes Brahms
Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen op 74/1
Fest- und Gedenkensprüche op. 109
Vier Gesänge für Frauenchor op. 17

Balthasar-Neumann choir & soloists
Soloists of the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble
Conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Opening chorus from the St. Matthew Passion
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Ekklesiastische Aktion
Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Jenny Daviet, soprano
Georg Nigl, baritone
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor
Boys' Choir of St. Nikolai, Hamburg
Akademie Balthasar Neumann
Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble
Conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Come, Sable Night

Four singers, the historical brass ensemble Hanse Pfeyfferey and aquatic night spirits illuminate the historic port of Vegesack with music from the Renaissance and early Baroque.

Manja Stephan, soprano
Julie Comparini, alto
Benjamin Kirchner, tenor
Alexander Schuhmann, bass

Laura Dümpelmann, schawn
Alexandra Mikheeva, trumpet and slide trumpet
Katrin Zolnhofer, sackbut
Lilli Pätzold, cornetto
David Budai, stringed instruments

StelzenSippe, Kulturladen Huchting

Artistic Direction: Peter Schenk

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Heinrich Schütz: Geistliche Chormusik & Cantiones Sacrae (selections)
Hermann Schein: Israelisbrünnlein 1623 & Diletti pastorali (selections)
Rheinische Kantorei
Das Kleine Konzert
Conducted by Hermann Max
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W.A. Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore, KV 339
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
W. A. Mozart: Missa in C "Krönungsmesse" KV 317\

Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & -Soloists
Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble
Conducted by Duncan Ward
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Works by Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein, Johann Ludwig Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, and Georg Philipp Telemann

Verena Gropper und Karin Gyllenhammar, soprano
Julie Comparini und Anne Bierwirth, alto
Johannes Weiss und Nils Giebelhausen, tenor
Matthias Vieweg und Ansgar Eimann, bass
Das Kleine Konzert
Ulla Bundies and Ha-Na Lee, violin
Aino Hildebrandt and Gabrielle Kancachian, viola
Christian Heim, violone
Thomas Ihlenfeldt, chitarrone
Johannes Liedbergius, organ
Conducted by Hermann Max

BALLONI Hallen, Ehrenfeldgürtel 96, 50823 Köln
Admission: 10€ – 15€ plus fees
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Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 117, Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut
Cantata as part of church services
Julie Comparini, alto
Steffen Kruse, tenor
Carsten Krüger, bass
Cathedral Choir and guests
Kammer Sinfonie Bremen
Conducted by Tillmann Benfer
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W. A. Mozart: Sinfonie Nr. 36, KV 425 ("Linzer")
Joseph Haydn: Harmoniemesse HOB XXII:14

Balthasar-Neumann-Chor & -Soloists
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
Conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock
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Locomotive Breath
Musical revue of workers' songs and work songs

Manja Stephan, Katy aus dem Spring, Julie Comparini, Evelyn Gramel, vocals
Erik Blumenthal, guitars
Matthias Entrup, drums
Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester
Directed by Peter Schenk
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Locomotive Breath
Musical revue of workers' songs and work songs

Manja Stephan, Katy aus dem Spring, Julie Comparini, Evelyn Gramel, vocals
Erik Blumenthal, guitars
Matthias Entrup, drums
Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester
Directed by Peter Schenk
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Locomotive Breath
Musical revue of workers' songs and work songs

Manja Stephan, Katy aus dem Spring, Julie Comparini, Evelyn Gramel, vocals
Erik Blumenthal, guitars
Matthias Entrup, drums
Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester
Directed by Peter Schenk
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Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 67 Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ Easter services

Julie Comparini, alto
Clemens Löschmann, tenor
Bremer Domchor vocal ensemble
Concerto Bremen
Stephan Leuthold, organ
Pastor Christian Gotzen
Conducted by Tobias Gravenhorst

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W.A. Mozart: Requiem KV 626 Friederike Kühl, soprano
Julie Comparini, alto
Masanori Hatsuse, tenor
Alexander Schuhmann, bass
Kantorei, Kinder- und Jugendchor
Cantaumus Chamber Choir
Orchestra Concerto Ispirato
Conducted by: Dr. Winfried Müller

Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs op. 29 (1953)
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. The texts of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs were written by medieval monks and pilgrims near Lough Derg in County Donegal, while the west Irish landscape around the "other" Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. Five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Just as a geological watershed changes the direction of water's flow, both song cycles explore the places and moments that lead us in new directions.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
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Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)
Jessica Brown: from And Say (2019)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. The west Irish landscape around Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. Five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Just as a geological watershed changes the direction of water's flow, both song cycles explore the places and moments that lead us in new directions.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jessica Brown, readings
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Lili Boulanger: Quatre Chants
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)
Jessica Brown: Poems from And Say (2019)

Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel

The reflection of light on a lake or ocean; the reflection of thoughts, inspired by these waters. The poems in Jessica Brown's 2019 collection And Say, of which five were set to the new song cycle Watershed, reflect on the west Irish landscape near Lough Derg and on a watershed in the abstract sense: a moment, in which everything takes on a new direction. These ideas are re-reflected in Lili Boulanger's Quatre Chants, in which particular places change the flow of time and thought.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jessica Brown, readings
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Article in the Journal of Music

Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs op. 29 (1953)
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. The texts of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs were written by medieval monks and pilgrims near Lough Derg in County Donegal, while the west Irish landscape around the "other" Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. Five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Just as a geological watershed changes the direction of water's flow, both song cycles explore the places and moments that lead us in new directions.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jessica Brown, readings
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Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs op. 29 (1953)
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)
Jessica Brown: Poems from And Say (2019)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. The texts of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs were written by medieval monks and pilgrims near Lough Derg in County Donegal, while the west Irish landscape around the "other" Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. Five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Just as a geological watershed changes the direction of water's flow, both song cycles explore the places and moments that lead us in new directions.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jessica Brown, readings
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Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs op. 29 (1953)
Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. The texts of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs were written by medieval monks and pilgrims near Lough Derg in County Donegal, while the west Irish landscape around the "other" Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. Five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Just as a geological watershed changes the direction of water's flow, both song cycles explore the places and moments that lead us in new directions.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jessica Brown, readings
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Ailís Ní Ríain: Watershed (2020)
Jessica Brown: from And Say (2019)

For centuries, artists across all genres have been inspired by natural bodies of water. The west Irish landscape around Lough Derg near Limerick inspired the poems in the 2019 collection And Say by contemporary writer Jessica Brown. Five of these poems were set to a new song cycle Watershed by the Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain in 2020 as part of an Irish Arts Council Commission Award for pianist Yonit Kosovske.

Just as a geological watershed changes the direction of water's flow, both song cycles explore the places and moments that lead us in new directions.

The premiere performance will be live streamed at this link.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Yonit Kosovske, piano
Jessica Brown, readings
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G.F. Händel: Dixit Dominus
J.S. Bach: Magnificat
Soloists of the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor
Orchestra La Scintilla
Conducted by Riccardo Minasi
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G.F. Händel: Dixit Dominus
J.S. Bach: Magnificat
Soloists of the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor
Orchestra La Scintilla
Conducted by Riccardo Minasi
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Cancelled due to pandemic restrictions

During her 68 years at the Collegio di Sant'Orsola in Novara, Isabella Leonarda composed over 200 works in twenty published volumes. Born into minor nobility in 1620, she entered the Orsoline convent at the age of 16, advancing to the position of Madre superior in 1686 and Madre vicaria in 1693. Her circa 100 solo motets, often set to texts which she apparently wrote herself, combine technical virtuosity with deeply personal religious emotion and offer a unique perspective on the theology and convent life of her era.

In spite of their high quality and virtuosity, most of her works remain widely unknown and relatively few have been recorded or published in modern editions. Julie Comparini highlights some of the works of this fascinating composer in this program, the CD recording of which will be released next year.

Julie Comparini, contralto
Rachel Harris und Wiebke Corßen, baroque violin
Jenny Westman, viola da gamba
Susanne Peuker, theorbo
Klaus Westermann, organ
Jörg Hitz, harpsichord
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J. S. Bach, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106)
Cantata as part of church services
Johanna Bookmeyer, soprano
Julie Comparini, alto
Jan Schulenburg, bass
Cathedral Choir Vocal Ensemble
Stephan Leuthold, organ
Sebastian Schneider, pastor
Tobias Gravenhorst, musical direction
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Locomotive Breath
Musical revue of workers' songs and work songs

Manja Stephan, Katy aus dem Spring, Julie Comparini, Evelyn Gramel, vocals
Erik Blumenthal, guitars
Matthias Entrup, drums
Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester
Directed by Peter Schenk
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Born in 1844 in the modest North German coastal town of Esens, Sara Oppenheimer enjoyed a prominent and successful career on German and European opera stages. The city of Esens and the women's history project FrauenORTE Niedersachsen honor her with a lecture-concert celebrating her life and work.

Gerd Rohkar, lecture
Julie Comparini, contralto
Kristina Legostaeva, piano
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Locomotive Breath
Musical revue of workers' songs and work songs

Manja Stephan, Katy aus dem Spring, Julie Comparini, Evelyn Gramel, vocals
Erik Blumenthal, guitars
Matthias Entrup, drums
Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester
Stage direction by Peter Schenk

Heinrich von Herzogenberg: Vier Notturnos op. 22
Johannes Brahms: Vier Quartette op. 92
Heinrich von Herzogenberg: Drei Gesänge op.73 Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke

Anna Terterjan, soprano
Julie Comparini, alto
Uwe Gottswinter, tenor
Mathias Tönges, bass
Oliver Peuker, recitation

Bremer RathsChor
Johannes Dehning, piano
Conducted by Antonius Adamske
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Excerpts from
Locomotive Breath: Musical revue of workers' songs and work songs
Vernissage of the exhibition 100 Jahre Arbeitswelt
Arbeitnehmerkammer, Bremen
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Manja Stephan, Katy aus dem Spring, Julie Comparini, Evelyn Gramel, vocals
Erik Blumenthal, guitars
Matthias Entrup, drums
Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester
Directed by Peter Schenk

Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem op. 45
Version for soloists, choir and piano (4 hands)
Katharina Konradi, soprano
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor
Dénes Várjon, Izabella Simon, piano
Thomas Hengelbrock
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Andrea Luchesi: Miserere and Stabat Mater
Christian Gottlob Neefe: Der Regen strömt, der Sturm erwacht and Concerto pour le Clavecin
Ferdinand Ries: Requiem and Dies Irae
Ludwig van Beethoven: Ars longa vita brevis

Tobias Koch, fortepiano
Veronika Winter, soprano
Ulrike Mayer, alto
Simon Bode, tenor
Matthias Vieweg, bass
Rheinische Kantorei
Das Kleine Konzert

Conducted by Hermann Max
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Alessandro Melani (1639-1703): Vespers

Soloists of the Rheinischen Kantorei:
Marie-Luise Werneburg, Veronika Winter,
Margaret Hunter, Karin Gyllenhammar, soprano
David Erler, Julie Comparini, alto
Hans-Jörg Mammel, Georg Poplutz, tenor
Matthias Vieweg, Ekkehard Abele, bass
Das Kleine Konzert

Conducted by Hermann Max
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Gott hat alles wohl gemacht
Works by J.S. Bach and Georg Böhm
Julie Comparini, contralto
Claas Harders, viola da gamba
Klaus Westermann, organ
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Locomotive Breath
Musical revue of workers' songs and work songs

Manja Stephan, Katy aus dem Spring, Julie Comparini, Evelyn Gramel, vocals
Erik Blumenthal, guitars
Matthias Entrup, drums
Bremer Kaffeehaus-Orchester
Directed by Peter Schenk

Alessandro Melani (1639-1703): Vespers

Soloists of the Rheinischen Kantorei:
Marie-Luise Werneburg, Veronika Winter,
Margaret Hunter, Karin Gyllenhammar, soprano
David Erler, Julie Comparini, alto
Hans-Jörg Mammel, Georg Poplutz, tenor
Matthias Vieweg, Ekkehard Abele, bass
Das Kleine Konzert

Conducted by Hermann Max
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Notturno Open-Air Concert presented by "Sommer Sommarum"

Heinrich von Herzogenberg: Vier Notturnos op. 22
Johannes Brahms: Vier Quartette op. 92
Heinrich von Herzogenberg: Drei Gesänge op.73

Anna Terterjan, soprano
Julie Comparini, alto
Uwe Gottswinter, tenor
Mathias Tönges, bass

Bremer RathsChor
Johannes Dehning, piano
Conducted by Antonius Adamske
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Camille Saint-Saëns: La Jeunesse d'Hercule op. 50
Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre op. 40
David Philip Hefti: Konzert für zwei Trompeten und großes Orchester (UA)
Gabriel Fauré: Messe de Requiem op. 48

Huw Morgan, trumpet
Immanuel Richter, trumpet
Katja Stuber, soprano
Benjamin Appl, baritone
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor
Sinfonieorchester Basel
Conducted by Ivor Bolton

Cancelled due to pandemic restrictions.

Camille Saint-Saëns: La Jeunesse d'Hercule op. 50
Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre op. 40
David Philip Hefti: Konzert für zwei Trompeten und großes Orchester (UA)
Gabriel Fauré: Messe de Requiem op. 48

Huw Morgan, trumpet
Immanuel Richter, trumpet
Katja Stuber, soprano
Benjamin Appl, baritone
Balthasar-Neumann-Chor
Sinfonieorchester Basel
Conducted by Ivor Bolton

Cancelled due to pandemic restrictions.

Italian solo motet settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah
by Giacomo Carissimi and Giovanni Paolo Colonna

Christian Gotzen, pastor
Julie Comparini, contralto
Jenny Westmann, viola da gamba
Tobias Gravenhorst, organ

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