Die Singphoniker

Ensemble
biography

Die Singphoniker belong to the select circle of distinctive, internationally active vocal ensembles – a position they've held for more than thirty years. In an astonishingly manner their voices, each with its own individual artistic qualities, come together to form a unique ensemble.

They command an enormous repertoire: With Gregorian Chorales they call up the mystery and spirituality of a medieval monastery. Madrigals of the Renaissance are transformed into living pictures of 16th century life.  The internal emotional world of the Romantic era is brought to life through the songs of Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Robert Schumann. The cheeky frivolity of the "Golden 20's" comes to life in the hits of the Comedian Harmonists. And the unique Flower Power spirit of the 60's and 70's is reborn in the gentle songs of Simon & Garfunkel. Their interpretation of contemporary vocal music inspires through a fascinating and uniquely natural sound. Their concerts therefore combine varying styles to create an excitingly new sense of harmony. Their presentations are marked by stylistic certainty and considered programming.

Numerous awards and prizes as well as a wide partnership with renowned artists such as Gert Westphal, Ute Lemper and Angelika Kirchschlager demonstrate their standing. They frequently work with international orchestras (recently the NDR-Radiophilharmonie and the Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon) and conductors (i.a. Sir Lawrence Foster, Paul Daniel, Ulf Schirmer, Howard Griffiths). Over the past years, the Singphoniker have regularly appeared in concert series and major music festivals in Germany, Europe, Asia and America. Far over thirty award winning CD recordings of the ensemble are a testament to the quality of its artistic diversity and flexibility. Many contemporary composers have contributed works to the repertoire of the ensemble. Enjott Schneider's cycles of song, most recently "Chatroom" with texts from the World Wide Web, as well as the world premier of Wilfred Hillers church Opera "Augustinus" in 2005 brought great success to the group.

Die Singphoniker successfully grant lighter works a shade of gravity and heavier works a touch of delicacy. Their unique sound is described as warm, finely balanced and powerful. From the darkest depths to the brightest heights, the many facets of the male voice are woven into a homogenous whole. Their passion for music making is transmitted directly to the audience, it sets up an irresistible musical current.


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