8.11 Kölner Akademie

Sunday November 8th 7.00 PM 

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Recording place: Friedenskirche Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Ehrenfeld (Germany)

Kölner Akademie

Michael Alexander Willens – Conductor

  • Elena Harsanyi – Soprano l
  • Annike Stegger – Soprano ll
  • Elvira Bill – Alto
  • Georg Poplutz – Tenor l
  • Niek van den Dool – Tenor ll
  • Thilo Dahlmann – Bass
  • Antonio de Sarlo – Violin l
  • Rafael Roth – Violin ll, Viola
  • Amarilis Duenas Castán – violone
  • Willi Kronenberg – Organ



Johann Balthasar Erben Confitebor tibi Domine for ATB, 2 violins and Basso continuo

Johann Balthasar Erben  Ante Oculos tuos Domine for S, 3 violas and Basso continuo

Johann Balthasar Erben O Domine Jesu Christe adoro te for SATB and Basso continuo

Heinrich Schütz Musikalisches Exequien for SSAATTBB and Basso continuo

Tomás Luis de Victoria Lamentationes Hieremiae Prophete (from Officum Hebdomadae Sanctae)


Kölner Akademie

The ensemble seeks to bring out the composers’ intentions by using urtext editions, historically informed performance practice, and the proper number of performers for each work.

From the baroque to the present, the wide ranging repertoire from this unique ensemble under the artistic direction of its internationally renowned conductor Michael Alexander Willens, has been awarded numerous prizes. Known and lesser known composers are impressively represented by this period instrumental ensemble.

Performances at international festivals, live television and radio broadcasts in connection with their highly acclaimed CD recordings have made the Kölner Akademie well-known far beyond their national borders. Apart from works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, the Ensemble shows their broad musical scope in full detail, especially with their series of world premiere recordings by undeservedly forgotten composers.

The Kölner Akademie has recorded complete sets of piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber and Mendelssohn with Ronald Brautigam for BIS records. All of these recordings have received outstanding international praise.

Michael Alexander Willens, music director of Die Kölner Akademie, studied conducting with  John Nelson at the Juilliard School in New York, where he received B.M. and M.M. degrees. He  has also studied with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood, as well as choral conducting with Paul  Vorwerk. Willens’ broad experience has given him an unusual depth of background and  familiarity with performance practice styles ranging from baroque, classical and romantic  through to contemporary as well as jazz and pop music.  Mr. Willens has conducted concerts at major concert halls and festivals in Europe, South
America, Asia, Iceland, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Israel and the United States, receiving the highest  critical praise: “The success of the whole owed in large measure to the uncommonly precise,  yet never affected gestures of Michael Alexander Willens".

In addition to the standard repertoire, Michael Alexander Willens is dedicated to performing  works by lesser-known contemporary American composers and has conducted several world  premières, many of which have been broadcast live or filmed for television. He is also keenly  interested in re-discovering music from the past and has released over 50 CDs featuring this  repertoire. Several of these recordings have been nominated and received awards. They have all  received outstanding international reviews, : “Willens achieves an impeccably stylish and  enjoyable performance.” (Gramophone ) ,,...conductor Michael Alexander Willens  exploits every bar of the score to fullest expressive effect. (Fanfare)  Aside from Die Kölner Akademie, he has guest conducted orchestras in Germany, Poland, the  Netherlands, Brazil, Israel and Canada.