The orchestra l’arte del mondo

The orchestra l'arte del mondo, founded in 2004 by its Artistic Director Werner Ehrhardt, sees itself in the tradition of so-called early music on historical instruments. This is the basis of the ensemble and its programs. It is also dedicated to playing modern instruments and repertoire, including contemporary music.

One of l'arte del mondo’s hallmarks are its exciting, innovative, and forward-looking programs, looking far beyond the horizons of the established concert business and thus into its future. These include musical-intercultural projects with the Turkish Pera Ensemble, with artists from the Beijing Opera or with Israeli and Palestinian musicians, to name a few. Together with Daniel Hope and The Four Seasons Recomposed, Max Richter's highly acclaimed re-examination of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, l'arte del mondo has performed all over the world. In addition, l'arte del mondo regularly collaborates with outstanding soloists such as Vesselina Kasarova, Daniel Müller-Schott, Nils Mönkemeyer, Dorothee Oberlinger or Xavier de Maistre.

l'arte del mondo has been sponsored by Bayer Kultur as a permanent orchestra in residence since the 2010/11 season. The ensemble rehearses and works at the Erholungshaus in Leverkusen, and developing extraordinary concert projects.

l'arte del mondo performed at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Essen Philharmonie, Dresden Frauenkirche, Rheingau Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Dubai Opera, to name a few. A highlight was the sensational Matthäus-Passion 2727 with the Israeli Kamea Dance Company which was performed both in Germany and Israel, among others at the Jerusalem Theatre. More performances are planned for April 2020.

Over the last seasons, l'arte del mondo also played at the Herkulessaal in Munich, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, held a  residency at the Festival Montréal Baroque, SWR Schwetzingen Festspiele with Salieri's opera La Fiera di Venezia, MDR Musiksommer, Beethovenfest Bonn, Mosel Musik Festival, Theater Winterthur, Dresden Frauenkirche and many more. Season 2019-20 sees the premieres of Mozart's Magic Flute as well as the world's first complete performance of Scherz, List und Rache by C.P. Kayser, an opera on a libretto by J.W. von Goethe.

Since the founding of l'arte del mondo, the interesting work of this ensemble has been documented in collaboration with the CD label Capriccio, among others, which includes many world premieres and rediscoveries. Both the recording of the Opéra Comique L'Irato ou l'Emporté (Capriccio) by Etienne Nicolas Méhul 2006 and the Liaisons album (Onyx Classics) with Israeli soprano Chen Reiss with works by Mozart, Salieri and Joseph Haydn 2011 were awarded the renowned French Diapason d'Or prize. Since the 2010/11 season the recordings of l'arte del mondo have been released by Sony/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. The first album, Amor Oriental, was followed by world premiere recordings such as Pasquale Anfossis La finta giardiniera with Nuria Rial and Krystian Adam, Joseph Martin Kraus' funeral cantata with the RIAS Chamber Choir, and Christoph Willibald Gluck's La Clemenza di Tito, which also received the Diapason d'Or in 2014. In 2016, the sensational rediscovery and world premiere recording of Antonio Salieri's opera La Scuola de' Gelosi was released; in August 2018, Sony/dhm published the world premiere recording of three symphonies by Anton Zimmermann. Summer 2019 saw the publications of Salieri's La Fiera di Venezia (dhm/Sony) and Bach oboe concerti with Céline Moinet (Berlin Classics).

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