“The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra is a particularly brilliant diamond. Its technical and mental ‘mastering’ of the instruments and the individual parts shows what ‘historical’ music-making is now capable of. Vivid and pure, transparent and lucid, delicate in phrasing and articulation and without excessive pathetic pressure, one hears all the details and experiences the whole as a musical cosmos of overpowering richness. Open you ears, this is how music sounds!”
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (FBO) looks back on a unique 25-year history of success: from its student origins within a few years it had become an internationally sought-after orchestra, a regular guest at the most important concert halls and opera houses. In addition to the variety of the repertoire from the early Baroque to the present, the FBO’s special sound is often praised. This has taken the ensemble from Freiburg to its European neighbours, to North and South America, to Asia, and even to Australia and New Zealand. Together with their colleagues from the ensemble recherche, the ‘Freiburgers’ have had an internationally unique domicile since May 2012: the Ensemble House Freiburg – a musical workshop and think tank for two top ensembles of historical and contemporary music under one roof.
The FBO’s artistic credo, however, remains unchanged: the creative curiosity of each of them, with the goal of playing a composition in as lively and eloquent a manner as is possible. This also includes demanding solo concertos being played by members of the FBO itself. Cultivated and simultaneously breath-taking ensemble playing has thus become an international trade mark.
The FBO works with important artists such as René Jacobs, Andreas Staier, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Christian Gerhaher, and collaborates closely with the French label harmonia mundi France. The artistic success of these musical partnerships is expressed in the numerous CD productions and the receipt of prestigious awards such as, recently, the German ECHO Classic Music Award 2013, the Edison Classical Music Award 2013, the German ECHO Classic Music Award 2012, the Gramophone Award 2012, the Edison Classical Music Award 2012, the Gramophone Award 2011, the German ECHO Classic Music Award 2011 and the German Record Critics’ Award 2009.
Under the artistic leadership of the two Concertmasters Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Müllejans, as well as under the baton of selected conductors, the FBO can be seen at about one hundred performances a year in the most varied of formations, from chamber to opera orchestra: a self-governing ensemble with its own series of concerts at Freiburg’s Concert Hall, in Stuttgart’s Liederhalle and at the Berlin Philharmonie, as well as with tours throughout the world.