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Kammerensemble Classic Der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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The Kammerensemble Classic of the Deutschen Oper Berlin was founded in 1992 by musicians from the Deutschen Oper Berlin to perform music that had disappeared from the regular repertoire, of the early classic, classical and romantic periods for various instrumental combinations. The founding members played violin, flute, viola, bassoon, cello and piano.

This core group decided to form the ensemble because they enjoyed playing music together. The pianist, Siegfried Schubert-Weber has always felt an affinity with the classic-romantic period. Due to bassoonist Helge Bartholomäus's enthusiasm for visiting libraries to see what unusual literature he could discover, the repertoire quickly expanded, and depending on the programme the ensemble was sometimes enlarged to include other instruments or voice. Indeed two sextets from Domenico Cimarosa that were considered lost have been rediscovered and performed by the ensemble.

Kammerensemble Classic's first Berlin performance, took place in the Small Chamber of the Concert House in 1993,where they played unusual pieces by composers who were, in their genre, masters of their art such as Paul Winneberger and Johann E. Brandt. The audience was amazed and inspired by the 'homogeneous sonority' and the 'excellent instrumentalists' of the ensemble (Der Tagesspiegel) .

Beside their regular and well attended concerts at festivals in Berlin and Germany, their performances in Spain, Russia and Italy have been received with great interest. Highly acclaimed by both critics and audiences abroad for their 'mature playing, their sonority and the unusual programmes' The ensemble is an integral part of the festival 'Ecco Bajardo' in Italy that takes place annually within the setting of the Romanesque church ruins.

Concerts at the Deutschen Oper Berlin, the Dresden art gallery and the Neustrelitz palace Orangery have either been broadcast live or recorded. In 2000 Kammerensemble Classic were invited by the Rheinsberg music academy to play a guest performance in the palace of Rheinsberg, with unusual pieces by Georg Abraham Schneider that had come to light in Berlin's libraries. Schneider worked in Rheinsberg at the court of Frederich the Great's brother, Prince Henry, after whose death he then lived and worked in Berlin.

Part of an opera orchestra musician's playing life is to accompany the singing voice. Pieces for chamber ensemble and voice have been included in the repertoire with singers such as Fionnuala McCarthy, Ofelia Sala, Adriane Queiroz, Raquela Sheeran and Markus Bruck amongst the performers. It is a natural development for the ensemble to play opera literature with vocal accompaniment in a chamber music instrumentation.