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CHAMBER MUSIC

Ensemble Diderot

Representation: World (excl. France)

BIOGRAPHY

Johannes Pramsohler | Violin
Roldan Bernabé Carrion | Violin
Gulrim Choi | Violoncello
Philippe Grisvard | Harpsichord

The ensemble for Baroque chamber music!” | MDR Figaro

“Even music that is distinctly subfusc receives performances that squeeze every last morsel of rhythmic or melodic variety out of their formulaic phrases, while the authentically first-rate really sparkle with imaginative life,” writes The Guardian in a review of the recent release of two albums with English and French Trio Sonatas by the Ensemble Diderot.

Described as “the ensemble for Baroque chamber music” by the German MDR and praised for its “warm tonal brilliance and razor-sharp definition” by Gramophone Magazine, Ensemble Diderot established itself in recent years as one of the foremost European chamber music groups performing exclusively on period instruments. The French music magazine Classica qualified them as “splendidly prepared to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Musica Antiqua Köln.”

The ensemble’s core consists of four musicians around violinist and founder Johannes Pramsohler, who devote themselves to the exploration and performance of the baroque chamber music repertoire. The ensemble is based in Paris and owes its name to the French philosopher Denis Diderot. It dedicates itself primarily to the inexhaustible heritage of trio sonatas, quartets and larger ensemble sonatas of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A busy schedule and meticulous rehearsal have given the group a cohesion akin to that of a permanent string quartet.

The ensemble has been an acclaimed guest on stages and festivals at home and abroad, and was invited as ensemble-in-residence to Royaumont (France) and Aldeburgh (Great Britain). In 2018 it gave its acclaimed debuts at the Cologne Philharmonie and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.

Always taking chamber music as the starting point, Ensemble Diderot also appears in an orchestral formation. Performed in this way were Handel’s Concerti grossi op. 6, Bach cantatas, and operas such as Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Falstaff by Antonio Salieri, Croesus by Reinhard Keiser, and the oratorio Athalia by George Frideric Handel. Since 2018 the ensemble has had its own chorus.

Live concert recordings are regularly broadcast by international radio stations. Its highly regarded CD recordings for Audax Records, which have been referred to as being “standard-setting,” have been awarded international prizes on a regular basis, including the Diapason d’Or, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, International Classical Music Award (ICMA), Gramophone Editor’s Choice, BBC Music Magazine choice, and CD of the Month (Record Geijutsu, Japan).

Ensemble Diderot is in residence at the Euregio Cultural Centre in Toblach, Italy, and receives support from the French Ministry of Culture, the Caisse des dépots et consignations, and the Fondation Orange.

2022 | 2023

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DISCOGRAPHY

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Concertos pour violon
The beginnings of the violin concerto in France
Works by Leclair, Corrette, Aubert, Exaudet & Quentin
Ensemble Diderot
Johannes Pramsohler, violin
Label: Audax Records | 2021

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Sonatas for three violins
With Works by Purcell, Gabrieli, Fontana, Buonamente, Fux, Dornel, Schmelzer, Sommer, Hacquart, Torelli and Pachelbel
Ensemble Diderot
Johannes Pramsohler, violin
Label: Audax Records | 2021

More on www.audax-records.fr

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The Berlin Album
With Works by Graun, Janitsch, Kirnberger, Anna-Amalia, Benda and Schulz
Ensemble Diderot
Label: Audax Records | 2020

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Jean-Marie Leclair: Trio Sonatas Op. 4
Jean-Marie Leclair: Trio Sonatas, Op. 4
Ensemble Diderot
Label: Audax Records | 2020

More on www.audax-records.fr

VIDEOS

CALENDAR

Ensemble Diderot
Johannes Pramsohler, violin and artistic leader

Works by Gabrielli, Fontana, Schmelzer, Fux, Purcell, Torelli, Dornel and others

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Ensemble Diderot
Johannes Pramsohler, violin and artistic leader

The period of the union between Saxony and Poland (1697-1763) was one of the most illustrious periods of Dresden’s musical history. It began with the election of Augustus the Strong as King of Poland and lasted until the end of the Seven Years War. The Hofkapelle, the Court orchestra, formed the hub of music life in Dresden; it had been directed since 1733 by Johann Adolph Hasse, one of its members being the brilliant concert master and Vivaldi pupil Johann Georg Pisendel. Pisendel visited the great centres of music in Europe, always scouting for new musical treasures. Thus the Court music archive was correspondingly extensive as a collection of the works of outstanding European composers. When the archive burned down in 1760, the sole music literature to be saved was the repertoire in use at that time, or stored elsewhere. These involved around 1750 works, which were kept in the so-called “Schrank (Cabinet) No: II” and for long years fell into oblivion.

The Ensemble Diderot has pulled some of these treasures out of the cabinet and makes them resound again for the first time in almost three hundred years. George Frideric Handel himself came to the glorious city on the Elbe in 1719, and Telemann and Johann Joseph Fux, also his two Czech pupils Johann George Orschler and František Ignać Tůma, visited or worked in Dresden. The programme resounding in Bayreuth is a compilation of trio sonatas by five different composers who all lived at the same time but each of whom was active in a very different way: one city, one musical genre – and yet an abundance of different modes of expression!

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Ensemble Diderot
Johannes Pramsohler, violin and artistic leader

The internationally sought-after ensemble Diderot makes its debut in the Brucknerhaus Linz with a program that traces the rise and triumph of the trio sonata. The genre originated in Northern Italy and soon became one of the most important chamber music genres of the Baroque period. Arcangelo Corelli's exemplary, musically diverse and publishing successful contributions to the genre finally made the trio sonata famous throughout Europe. François Couperin and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, for example, subsequently took up the type he created and fused it with native French stylistic features.

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Ensemble Diderot
Johannes Pramsohler, violin and artistic leader

A few years ago, the award-winning ensemble Diderot formed around the violinist and original sound specialist Johannes Pramsolser, and they always find something extraordinary in the astonishing treasure trove of baroque music. Of course, Bach must not be missing. But what would the epoch be without the masterpieces of its contemporaries! The string of pearls of their outrageous rarities includes an amazing variety of solo concertos: elegant and original, daring and virtuosic, breathtaking and exciting. Unparalleled instrumental splendor!

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