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Myth 116

09.12.2011, Berlin | In December 2011, the CD "Mythos 116" of the CALMUS vocal ensemble Leipzig was awarded the SUPERSONIC AWARD of the Luxemburg classical magazine Pizzicato. With “Myth 116,” the young but multiply awarded CALMUS ensemble has worked a very special concert program out: In 1616, Burckhard Großmann, a merchant from Jena, commissioned a composition from sixteen composers from central Germany – including such masters of sacred music as Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein and Michael Praetorius –, who wrote a five-part musical score of the 116th psalm in Martin Luther’s translation. Prompted by this historical event, the Calmus Ensemble Leipzig commissioned a new composition in 2010 – from two of the most important central German composers of our time: Steffen Schleiermacher and Bernd Franke. During the “Myth 116” concert, several of the 17th-century works will be performed alongside premieres of Steffen Schleiermacher’s “convertere anima mea in requiem tuam” and Bernd Franke’s “And why?” CALMUS

The names of the composers commissioned by Burckhard Großmann read like a “who’s who” of early 17th-century music. The Calmus Ensemble not only revives the unique collection by re-performing the pieces, but additionally highlights their significance by conceptually integrating the new compositions into their concert program. This innovative combination of old and new music has persuaded the Ernst Schering Foundation to support the project.

Founded in 1999, the five-member Calmus Ensemble Leipzig has risen to the top of the field by performing works from the Renaissance and German Romantic periods as well as contemporary compositions, chansons, and pop. The variety of their repertoire is documented by a series of CDs, of which “Lied:gut!” was awarded an ECHO Klassik award. In 2010, the ensemble made its debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Over the years, they have won the major international competitions for vocal music (including in Tampere/Finland and Tolosa/Spain, 2005) and were First Prize Winners of the 2009 CAG (Concert Artists Guild) International Competition in New York. In 2011 they are artists-in-residence during the STIMMEN (Voices) festival in Lörrach.

Myth 116
June 11, 2011, 8:00 p.m.

Berlin Cathedral
Am Lustgarten
10178 Berlin

Further concert:

17 September 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
Katharinenstraße 10
04109 Leipzig
On the occasion of this concert a CD will be presented.

Concert program (June 11, 2011):

Dilexi quoniam audies Domine, psalm 116

Burckhard Großmann
Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen / Das ist: Der CXVI. Psalm Davids

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
Psalm 116: Das ist mir lieb

Steffen Schleiermacher (*1960)
convertere anima mea in requiem tuam (116. Psalm), premiere

Nicolaus Erich (1588-1631)
Psalm 116: Das ist mir lieb

Bernd Franke (*1959)
And why? for five voices, based on psalm 116, premiere

Johann Herrmann Schein (1586–1630)
Psalm 116: Das ist mir lieb

The commissions were supported by the Ernst Schering Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony.


Tickets (for June 11, 2011)
14,- / red. 8,- €
Ticket office Berliner Dom, Portal 3
Phone (030) 202 69 136, daily: 11.00-18.00 Uhr
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Further information is available at:
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Photo: Jörg Gläscher


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