The Freiburg BaroqueConsort specialises in the music of the 17th and early 18th centuries requiring smaller ensembles. Consisting of members of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the goal of this formation has always been to present unusual programmes that rediscover pieces that have fallen out of current concert repertoires or put the supposedly well-known in a new light, from an unaccustomed perspective.
Whereby the ensemble’s own programmatic horizon stretches from English (A Masque of Beauty), to northern German music (Abendt Musick, Bach and Friends), from compositions from the Habsburg Empire (Habsburg Serenade) and the Italian early Baroque to a combination of Baroque and contemporary music (Zeitsprünge).
The vivid and exceptionally virtuoso compositions of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Georg Muffat and Antonio Bertali, in particular, form the core repertoire of the Freiburg BaroqueConsort. In addition to CD recordings of works by these composers, the FBC has also successfully recorded the chamber music of Georg Philipp Telemann, rescuing it from oblivion.
The latest CD by the Freiburg BaroqueConsort appeared in April 2012 with a selected programme dedicated to the instrumental music of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer – to international critical acclaim: “Essential to these latter-day resurrections are compelling performances, and the Freiburg players, members of the crack Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, provide them in spades.” (The New York Times of 17 May 2012.)