The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin was founded in 1982, in a departure from the dominant cultural model in East Berlin, and has now achieved recognition as one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras. The ensemble is a regular guest in the leading musical centres of Europe such as Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, London, and Brussels.
Its tours have now taken it virtually all over the world. Ever since the reopening of the house in 1984, the ensemble has organised its own concert series at the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. Since 1994 it has appeared regularly at the city’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden and at the Radialsystem V, as well as at the Innsbruck Festival.
The ensemble enjoys an intensive artistic collaboration with the conductors René Jacobs, Marcus Creed and Daniel Reuss, the RIAS Kammerchor, Vocalconsort Berlin, and the choreographer Sasha Waltz (choreographic concert 4 Elemente – 4 Jahreszeiten to a Rebel/Vivaldi programme).
The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has recorded exclusively for harmonia mundi France since 1994. Its CDs have won many international prizes, notably the Diapason d’Or, Cannes Classical Award, Gramophone Award, and Edison Award. The Akademie was awarded the Telemann Prize of the City of Magdeburg in 2006, and the Choc de l’année 2009 for Telemann’s Brockes-Passion under the direction of René Jacobs.
This blog is dedicated to the release of Mozart: The Magic Flute by René Jacobs, to be released on harmonia mundi by the end of September 2010. Enjoy the discovery of this tremendous recording.