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Berlin Counterpoint

Berlin Counterpoint

sextet

Praised by Sir Simon Rattle as "a real shot in the arm to the chamber music scene," Berlin Counterpoint has developed a musical style abounding with creativity, energy, and virtuosity.

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Winner of 2013 Usedomer Musikpreis, Berlin Counterpoint’s strong musical ideals, well-thought-out programming and, above all, joy of communicating through music to all audiences, have established the Berlin-based sextet as one of the premier ensembles of its kind.

Between them, the six musicians hold passports from Romania, Germany, Slovenia, England, the United States, and Turkey. Each nationality brings an inherently different way to approach music, and Berlin Counterpoint takes all these influences to develop a style all its own, representative of the modern, energetic, and creative Berlin where they met. Their sparkling sound, homogeneous virtuosity, and adventurous yet thoughtful interpretations are very much owed to this meeting of different cultural and musical backgrounds.

Berlin Counterpoint’s ever-growing repertoire spans from baroque to contemporary music, including traditional works for wind quintet and piano, as well as members’ own arrangements and new works commissioned from young composers. The group performs in varying configurations – from duo to sextet – and is open to collaborations with guest artists.

Since its conception in 2007, Berlin Counterpoint has received great acclaim for its appearances at many prestigious venues such as the Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Palau de la Música Valencia, and the Kammermusiksaal of the BerlinPhilharmonic. Its highly praised debut album was not only extremely well received by the audiences and critics, but also brought them a nomination for Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

Aaron Dan, flute

Sacha Rattle, clarinet

Viola Wilmsen, oboe

Andrej Žust, horn

Heidi Mockert, bassoon

Zeynep Özsuca, piano

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    Francis Poulenc, Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100

    I. Allegro vivace

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    II. Divertissement: Andantino

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    III. Prestissimo

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    Ludwig van Beethoven, Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16

    I. Grave – Allegro ma non troppo

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    II. Andante cantabile

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    III. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo

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    Guillaume Connesson, Techno Parade

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    Samuel Barber, Summer Music, Op. 31

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    Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28

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