United Continuo Ensemble


The United Continuo Ensemble, a formation made up of musicians who have specialized in basso con- tinuo instruments, was founded in 1995 by Jörg Meder. The ensemble's repertoire consists of concert programs with music of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, musical-scenic performances, dance performance, and opera productions. Thus, the ensemble has collaborated with singers, danc- ers, actors, and other instrumentalists, and has made a name for itself in this field: "They are specialists on continuo instruments ... They provide the appropriate basis for just about every genre of the Baroque, and are brilliantly attuned to each other: they are helping continuo spirits who you can call forth and certainly will never want to get rid of." (Concerto, Magazin für Alte Musik)

The United Continuo Ensemble gave its debut at the International Fredener Musiktagen, and has since made guest appearances at important festi- vals in Germany, France, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Mexico, and the USA: Göttinger Händelfestspiele, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Tage Alter Musik Herne, Arolser Barockfestspiele, Landshuter Hofmusiktage, Fränkischer Sommer, Mosel Musik Festival, Festival Zeitfenster in Berlin's Konzer- thaus, Mozartfest Würzburg, Residenzkonzerte München, Banchetto Musicale Vilnius, Crocavia Danza Court Festival Krakow, Festival VivaVivaldi and Festival Santo Domingo de Música Antigua in Mexico City, and Festival International Huatulco. For various programs, the United Continuo Ensem- ble has collaborated with other ensembles and art- ists, including with the commedia dell'arte special- ists of the Pegasus Theater, the Freien Tanztheater Frankfurt, and Crocavia Danza from Krakow.

In September 2008 the United Continuo Ensemble presented the opera production Les Fêtes d'Hébé by Jean-Philippe Rameau at Bayreuther Barock im Markgräflichen Opernhaus Bayreuth and, in connection with this, founded the Compagnie Opéra Baroque – an association of various cooperation partners and ensembles for the realization of opera productions. 2012 the ensemble realized the opera "Sardanapalus" by Christian Ludwig Boxberg in the historic Ekhof Theatre, Gotha. It was the first audition since 1698.

A further component of United Continuo Ensemble's work is crossover, the combination of historically informed interpretation with modern, experimental aspects in close cooperation with jazz musicians, flamenco musicians, and contemporary dancers. Thus, the United Continuo Ensemble realized the dance theater production O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort (Oh Eternity, You Word of Thunder) at EXPO 2000. The program Fiesta Española – Flamenco and Spanish Music of the 16th–17th Centuries was issued on CD in 2005 on the RAUMKLANG label as was the CD production Chiaccona – Lute Compositions by A. Piccinini with Axel Wolf.
In addition, the following CDs with the United Continuo Ensemble have been released: Musicalische Exequien with the Knabenchor Hannover, Ich habe mein Liebgen im Garten gesehen, Telemann und die Leipziger Oper with Jan Kobow, and bassi – music for bass instruments.


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