Goldberg Baroque Ensemble
Director Andrzej M. Szadejko
Adam Pastuszka – concertmeister
The Baroque Cantatas from the collection of the Gdańsk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences
1. Johann Jeremias du Grain “Hertzlich lieb hab ich dich o Herr PL-GD Ms. Joh. 187
2. Johann Valentin Meder – Pro festo S .Michaelis archangeli: Singet, lobsinget mit Hertzen und Zungen:
a 11. PL-GD Ms Joh 192
3. Johann Daniel Pucklitz Concerto 27 post Trin. „Ich will in allen Sachen“ PL-GD Ms. Joh. 237
4. Johann Balthasar Christian Freisslich “Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt”. PL-GD Ms. Joh. 17
5. Johann Balthasar Christian Freisslich Cantata post sacram coenam (Gott ist die Liebe) PL -GD Ms. Joh. 18,
5. Johann Balthasar Christian Freisslich Aria “Das ist meine Freude”. PL-GD Ms. Joh.22
Goldberg Baroque Ensemble
This vocal-instrumental ensemble was established by Andrzej Szadejko, its conductor ever since, in 2008. The ensemble specialises in performing early Gdańsk music in accordance with the instrumentarium conventions of the Baroque and Classical periods. The musicians forming the ensemble are Polish and foreign graduates of the renown European centres focused on early musical practice (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Royal Music Academies in London and the Hague). The instrumentalists play the authentic instruments or their copies. Under the name “Goldberg Vocal Ensemble”, the vocalists of the group engage in a’capella projects. Their output comprises concerts and prize-winning recordings.Goldberg Baroque Ensemble is currently carrying out a recording project called The Musical Heritage of the City of Gdańsk, presenting the music surviving in script in the collection of the Gdańsk Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The collection includes thousands of mostly unknown compositions by Gdańsk kapellmeisters and musicians, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philip Telemann, or Johann Jacob Froberger.
Director Andrzej Mikołaj Szadejko.
Leader of Goldberg Baroque Ensemble – vocal and instrumental barock players, concert organist, conductor, composer, organologist. Graduated with honours at the Music Academy in Warsaw/Poland and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel/Switzerland. Prize winner and finalist of many international competitions. Professor for organ music and basso continuo in Gdansk Music Academy, Poland. Leader of a project of a reconstruction of unique historical Merten Friese organ in Trinity church in Gdańsk. Artistic director of the project – Musical Heritage of City Gdansk – reediting and recording of musical manuscripts from Polish Science Bibliotheque of Gdańsk. Recordings by Polish label DUX, SARTON and German label MOTTETE. Polish and foreign publishing.
Marie Smolka – soprano
Marie Smolka is born in Mährisch Ostrau, Czech Republic.
She studied at „Hochschule für Musik und Darstellen de Kunst“ in Frankfurt/Main with Prof. Hedwig Fassbender and completed further studies with Helen Donath, Klesie Kelly-Moog and Ingeborg Danz. Since her graduation she has been coached artistically and technically by Prof. Rudolf Piernay.
Already during her studies Marie Smolka made her debut at the opera Frankfurt as Euridice in Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”. She sang in the production of “Hänsel und Gretel” in Saarbrücken, Papagena at the theatres in Heidelberg, Wiesbaden and Darmstadt as well as Klärchen in “Im weißen Rössl” in Wiesbaden.
Until 2013 she was engaged at the Landestheater Coburg, where she was heard as Almirena in Händel’s “Rinaldo”, as Maria in “West Side Story”, as Comtesse Stasi in “Csardasfürstin” and as Zerlina, Norina and Ännchen. Recent guest performances brought her to Konstanz as Vespetta in Telemann’s “Pimpinone”, to Dresden as Pauline Piperkarcka in “Die Ratten”, to Cologne in Ayn Rand’s “Der Streik” and as Comtesse Stasi in “Csardasfürstin” to Stadttheater Klagenfurt. 2014/15 she sings Mozart’s “La Betulia liberata“ at the Potsdamer Winteroper (Sanssouci), Ännchen in Stralsundand Ottilie in “Im weißen Rössl” at Stadttheater Klagenfurt.
Franziska Gottwald – alto
Franziska Gottwald made her debut as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 2010, as Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at Oper Köln (Cologne) in 2011 and in 2012 in the title role Ariodante in Basel. That same year she sang Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in Cologne. In Basel she appeared as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and as Alcina in Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso. At the International Göttingen Handel Festival she sang Erissena in Poro and Irene in Tamerlano. The productions of Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade (Licida) in Venice and Vivaldi’s Motezuma (Fernando) in Bilbao are retained on DVD.
Franziska Gottwald won 1st Prize at the Leipzig Bach Competitionin 2002. Concert appearances with conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Reinhard Goebel, Ton Koopman, Fabio Luisi, Andrea Marcon and many others have cemented her international reputation. Her repertoire includes for example Mozart’s C minor Mass, Verdi’s Requiem, Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été and Mahler’s Lied von der Erde and she is also featured in solo aria-evenings with orchestras at international festivals, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam or the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. Franziska Gottwald performs with such outstanding orchestras such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Musica Antiqua Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig and the Bamberger Symphoniker.
The CD productions L’Olimpiade: The opera under Markellos Chryssicos and Vivaldi’s L’Oracolo in Messenia under Fabio Biondi have been released in 2011/12. Franziska Gottwald can also be heard on the recording of Handel’s Samson under Nicolas McGegan, the ECHO award winning recording of Mendelssohns’ Elias and Salieri ‘s La Passione under Christoph Spering and the complete Brahms duets with Letizia Scherrer and Ferenc Bognar. She also appears on several of the Edison Award-winning recordings of the complete Cantatas of J. S. Bach by Ton Koopman and the release of: Bach Cantates L’Èpiphanie with the Orchestra Montréal Baroque under Eric Milnes.
Hermann Oswald – tenor
The German tenor, Hermann Oswald, sang already as a child in the Tölzer Knabenchor, but the parental tradition as a farmer led him first to a study of agriculture, which he finished successfully in 1990. However, he re-discovered his passion for singing and created himself a hobby beside the agricultural enterprise in the proximity of Munich. A healthy nature talent and a more or less auto-didactical work with his own voice, made it possible for Hermann Oswald entering in 1992 into a successful singing career.
Hermann Oswald’s preference for the Baroque music led to a clear adjustment of his soloist activity in the concert as well as opera fields. His career was helped by very fast intensive co-operation with the conductors Howard Armann, Ivor Bolton and Thomas Hengelbrock in the field of the Baroque music.
Numerous CD productions, (including J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor BWV 232 with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Thomas Hengelbrock) followed in the coming years. A recent CD publication, the Baroque opera La Faretra Smarrita by Sebastian Moratelli (Salzburger Hofmusik), received best criticisms of the international technical literature.
Apart from an expanded concert activity in whole Europe, Hermann Oswald was invited again and again as free opera singer by important European opera houses. Thus engagements led him to the state operas of Berlin, Munich, Vienna and last Strasbourg, as well as to important music festivals (including Bremen, Schwetzingen, Innsbruck, Potsdam and Dresden).
In 1997-1998 Hermann Oswald sang with the Bach Kantorei in concerts of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. In the past year Hermann Oswald was to be heard as Monosatos in the W.A. Mozart’s Zauberflöte under the direction of Achim Freyer in Schwetzingen and Strasbourg, and under Ivor Bolton at the State Opera of Munich in a Freyer production of Orfeo by Monteverdi. Last summer he sang in an opera production of the Summer Festival Potsdam. In September 2003 he sang the role of Damon in a concert performance of Acis and Galatea. In 2004 he will sing again at the Schwetzingen Festival.
In recent years Hermann Oswald has discovered his love for the Lieder singing, a passion, which takes an ever greater part in his singing activity.
Marek Rzepka – bass
Marek Rzepka was born in Mikolłów (Poland). Trained as a miner, he won first prize at the Kolobrzeg Festival in 1989 and thereupon began his vocal training in Cracow with Prof. Adam Szybowski. He continued his studies with Prof. Christian Elßner at the “Carl Maria von Weber” University of Music in Dresden where he graduated with distinction and completed a postgraduate course. Continued by studies with Prof. Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig and Prof. Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim. Marek Rzepka has attended master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Teresa Zylis-Gara, Peter Schreier, Thomas Quasthoff and Charles Spencer.
Marek Rzepka’s wide repertoire includes for example Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s B-Minor Mass. He has sung Mozart’s Requiem in the Cracow Philharmonie, J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Dresden Kreuzchor and the Philharmonie Dresden, Mauricio Kagel’s opera Aus Deutschland in Hamburg, J.S. Bach’s “Kaffeekantate” with the Akademie für Alte Musik, cantatas of J.S. Bach under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, works by A. Lotti and Zelenka conducted by Andrew Parrott, and has appeared in concerts with Steven Stubbs and Eduardo López Banzo.
Marek Rzepka performs regularly with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and Thomas Hengelbrock, the Musikpodium Stuttgart and Frieder Bernius and the RIAS Kammechor and Hans-Christoph Rademann. He has appeared in Milan’s Auditorium, at the Bologna Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Handel Festival in Halle, the Dresden Music Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival. In addition, the singer presented recitals at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, in Vienna, Hamburg, Dresden, Cracow and Freiburg and has participated in CD productions and broadcast recordings.
In October 2001 he received a teaching appointment for voice in the early music department at the “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” University of Music in Leipzig.
In 2004 he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in Monteverdi’s opera Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with a subsequent tour to France, Luxembourg, and New York. This production was also presented at the 2004 Melbourne International Arts Festival. In September 2006 he recorded Lully’s opera Thésée under the baton of Steven Stubbs. A recording of Conradi’s Ariadne, presented at the Boston Early Music Festival and Tanglewood Festival (direction: Paul O’Dette and Steven Stubbs) was nominated for the Grammy Award. Important engagements in 2006/07 included concerts with Thomas Hengelbrock at the festivals in Athens and Wroclaw, a revival of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and his debut as Masetto in concert performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Herrenchiemsee Festival 2007.
Besides concerts with the RIAS Kammerchor in the season 2007/08 Marek Rzepka performs Uberto in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona with the ensemble Barrocade in Israel and gives a recital at the Jerusalem Academy of Music (March 2008). He sings the basse arias in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in March 2008.
In Summer 2009 he made his debut in “Walpurgisnacht” by F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy with the “Tonhalle Orchester” in Zurich and in F.Liszt´s “Via Crucis” at the “Salzburger Festspiele”.
Since October 2009 he received a teaching appointment for voice at the University of Music in Cracow/Poland.
In 2012 he sang Caronte in Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Essen, Würzburg and Paris under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock. This season’s forthcoming projects included a tour of Europe with the Christmas Oratorio under Thomas Hengelbrock. In 2013 he made his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid in Parsifal.
Since October 2013 he holds a professorship in voice at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover.
In 2016 will be Concerts in Brussels,Zürich and Frankfurt with “Magnificat” MWV 2 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy with Thomas Hengelbrock as well as a Tournee to Spain with Pablo Heras-Casado with works by Claudio Monteverdi.
2017 the Monteverdiprogram will be recorded by Harmonia Mundi. From October 2016 he will hold a professorship at Universität of Arts in Bremen.