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The musical repertoire of Café Zimmermann


Café Zimmermann offers a large repertoire of instrumental and vocal works with a varied number of musicians. First recognized for its spirited interpretations of baroque music, the ensemble also questions the works of great classical composers, especially in orchestral formation.

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CAFE ZIMMERMANN'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Concertos&Brandebourgeois

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CAFE ZIMMERMANN'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY


Johann-Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Suite n°1 in C major BWV 1066
Suite n°3 in D major BWV 1068
Concerto for harpsichord in F minor BWV 1056
Brandenburg Concerto n°2 in F major BWV 1047
Brandenburg Concerto n° 4 in G major BWV 1049

Café Zimmermann, famous for its spirited and contrasting renditions of Johann Sebastian Bach's music and founded in 1999 by the violinist Pablo Valetti and the harpsichordist Céline Frisch, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019!

This programme, composed specially for this occasion, will bring to the forefront the most beautiful concertante pieces of Johann Sebastian Bach's music. In it, Café Zimmermann performs two famous Brandenburg concertos as a wonderful synthesis of the period's musical forms. Suites and concertos honour numerous instruments emblematic of the period: the violin, the harpsichord, the oboe, the flute and the trumpet are the finishing touches to this programme, for an anniversary celebration reminding us of the leading works of the record repertoire of the ensemble!

  • A wonderful way to honour the works behind Café Zimmermann's reputation!


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with 21 musicians - 6 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double-bass, harpsichord, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, 2 flutes, timpani


Other possibilities :


- with 9 musicians - 3 violins, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord, traverso, oboe

Concerto for harpsichord in D minor BWV 1052
Concerto for oboe d'amore in A major BWV 1055
Concerto for violin in A minor BWV 1041
Suite n° 2 in B minor BWV 1067


- with 12 musicians - 3 violins, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord, traverso, oboe, 2 recorders, trumpet

Concerto for harpsichord in D minor BWV 1052
or Brandenburg Concerto n°5 in D major BWV 1050
Concerto for oboe d'amore in A major BWV 1055
Brandenburg Concerto n°2 in F major BWV 1047
Brandenburg Concerto n° 4 in G major BWV 1049



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MOZART'S REQUIEM

Avec Bernard Labadie

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MOZART'S REQUIEM


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART/Robert LEVIN

- Requiem in D minor K626

Bernard Labadie is known worldwide as one of the leaders of baroque and classical music repertoires, a reputation closely linked to his work with the Violons du Roy and la Chapelle de Québec, two ensembles he founded and still conduct to this day. He often goes on tour in Canada, the United States and Europe and especially plays at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Barbican Centre in London, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Salzburg Festival...

Café Zimmermann welcomes Bernard Labadie as musical director with the Aedes Choir to play Mozart's Requiem, his final yet unfinished work, in the version completed by Robert Levin, an American musicologist and famous Mozart specialist. The regular version, completed by Süssmayr, has been the subject of controversy for quite some time now. That of Levin's introduces subtle changes in the orchestration in an attempt to reflect Mozart's composing style as authentically as possible while conserving his dramatic impact.

  • Café Zimmermann continues its exploration of the post-baroque repertoire and sheds a new light on Mozart's final composition!

Bernard Labadie

Bernard Labadie, an internationally recognized expert on 17th and 18th century repertoire, is the founding conductor of Les Violons du Roy, established in 1984, and the music director of La Chapelle de Québec, which he founded in 1985. As director of Les Violons du Roy or as guest conductor, Bernard Labadie has made some twenty recordings for the Erato (formerly Virgin Classics), EMI, Dorian, ATMA, Hyperion and Naïve labels. In 2017 he was appointed principal conductor of New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s. His four-year term begins with the 2018–2019 season.

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30 musicians, a choir and 4 soloists

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At the frontiers of baroque music

Francesco Geminiani

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At the frontiers of baroque music


Francesco Geminiani (1687 - 1762)
- Concerti from the opus 7
- La Follia, concerto based on Corelli's opus V
Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685 - 1759)
- Sinfonia for bassoon, strings & basso continuo
Charles Avison (1709 - 1770)
- Concerto in seven parts based on Scarlatti's lesson
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
- Estro Armonico

In the 18th century, England became obsessed with Italy. Hence, among the three composers who dominated the English concert scene at the time, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Friedrich Haendel and Francesco Geminiani, two were of Italian origin. A student of Corelli, Francesco Geminiani is vaguely known today, though he was a precursor at the time, pushing back the limits of established musical codes.

A composer and violin virtuoso, he actually played his concertos with Haendel in 1715 at the London court. This journey between Italy and England would not be complete without the works of Charles Avison, Geminiani's disciple as well as his contemporary Antonio Vivaldi's. To add to the rediscovery of this composer, at the start of the 2018 season Café Zimmermann will release a record with Alpha Classics entirely dedicated to this 18th century Italy maestro.

  • An exhilarating and groundbreaking work on the brink of the baroque period, from Italy to England!



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Strings and harpsichord - 13 musicians


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Bach, Graupner & Telemann

avec Norma Nahoun

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Bach, Graupner & Telemann


Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
- Preludes and fugues, excerpts from the Well-Tempered Clavier books I and II
- Cantata Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (*) BWV 199 (1714)
Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767)
- Quartet in G Major TWV 43:G5
- Concerto for oboe in D minor TWV 51:d1
Christoph GRAUPNER (1683-1760)
- Cantata Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut (*) GWV 1152/12b (1712)

At the beginning of the 1720s, three composers could have become the new Leipzig Cantor. Only one really did so: Johann Sebastian Bach. And yet, he was not the favourite. It was Georg Philipp Telemann, who declined the offer. Graupner, whose work had long been left in the dark and unfairly forgotten, was the second choice. However, at the time he could not leave his position in Darmstadt.

“As we cannot choose from the best, we must therefore choose from the mediocre”, wrote one of the town council members angrily. And it was eventually Johann Sebastian Bach who was offered the famous position of Leipzig Cantor.

Johann Sebastian Bach and Christoph Graupner set the same text, Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut (My heart is drowning in blood) ,based on the themes of repent and pardon, to music, but it is unknown if Bach knew of Graupner's composition, written two years earlier. These two cantatas, at the heart of this programme, are carried by the purity and freshness of young soprano Norma Nahoun's voice. Telemann's oboe concerto TWV 51:d1 and quartet TWV 43:G5 complete this examination of 18th century music.


Norma Nahoun

The young soprano, born in Paris, began her studies at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris under the direction of Laurence Equilbey where she graduated in June 2007. Subsequently she had been studying a student at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (Berlin) in Norma Sharp’s class and was awarded prizes at the Schloss Rheinsberg Chamber OperFestival and the International Competition of interpretation of French art song in Toulouse, she also won Verbier Festival's prestigious Voice Academy Award.

In the 2016-17 season, rising french soprano Norma Nahoun makes her debuts at the Metz Opera, the Limoges Opera as well as at the Mozarteum Salzbourg. This season is synonym of discovery as Norma will sing 4 new roles, like Lucy in The Telefon by Menotti or Solveig in Grieg’s Peer Gynt in Norwegian.

  • The three grand maestros of Leipzig are carried by Café Zimmermann's musicians' charisma and Norma Nahoun's captivating voice.


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Norma Nahoun, soprano
7 musicians - 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, organ, oboe


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LAMENT

avec Damien Guillon

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LAMENT


Johann Christian Bac (1642 - 1703)
- Lamento Ach, dass ich wassers gnug hätte
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
- Erbarme dich, excerpt from St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Heinrich Ignaz von Biber (1644 - 1704)
- O dulcis Jesu
-Passacaglia (from the Rosary Sonatas)
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)
- Klaglied BuxWV 76
Johann Jakob Froberger 1616 - 1667)
- Toccata II from his 1649 work
- Ricercar I from his 1656 work
Johann Heinrich Schelmzer (1623 - 1680)
- Serenata a cinque
- Lamento Sopra la morte Ferdinand III



Ever since the Renaissance, the lament has fought its way between vocal and instrumental music. It is a lament to death: not his, that of another loved one, a profane or religious lament... The lament conveys a feeling of melancholy and sadness flirting with the indescribable...

Café Zimmermann welcomes countertenor Damien Guillon, an old accomplice, to sing a programme of 17th and 18th century laments, bringing to the forefront both instruments and voice for a journey into German land. Throughout the seasons countertenor Damien Guillon has established himself as one of the best singers of baroque music. As a soloist famous for his musical talents and his pure and radiant tone of voice, he is frequently invited to perform under the direction of renowned conductors. A recording of this programme by Alpha Classics will come out at the beginning of the year 2020.

  • A programme full of emotions and contemplations brightened by Damien Guillon's voice!


Damien Guillon

Damien Guillon begins his musical knowledge in 1989 at the Maîtrise de Bretagne supervised by Jean-Michel Noël. He receives a full music education from his youngest age and quickly sings as solo soprano in many baroque oratorios as well as at the Rennes Opera in The Magic Flute by Mozart.

Currently, his vocal and musical qualities earned him invitations to perform with many famous conductors. His repertoire ranges from songs of the English Renaissance to Baroque oratorios. In 2009 he founded his own ensemble Le Banquet Céleste.



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Damien Guillon, countertenor
7 musicians - 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, double bass, organ


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At Zimmermann' Café in Leipzig

J.-S.Bach&Telemann

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At Zimmermann' Café in Leipzig


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Trio Sonata in G major
Trio Sonata
Overture in B minor
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)
Quatuor in D major
Fantaisia for flute
Concerto

At the start of the 1720s, three composers could have become Leipzig's new cantor (music master of the city). Only one succeeded: Johann Sebastian Bach. And yet… he was not the first choice. The local council had first appealed to Georg Philipp Telemann. The latter was very famous in Leipzig, as he had studied Law there and was the chief conductor for the university church. However in 1721 he became the conductor of Hamburg's five main churches and gave up the offer.
Yet at that moment, at Mr Zimmermann's café in town, J.S. Bach loved getting together with renowned musicians including in particular Telemann. The programme entitled 'At Café Zimmermann in Leipzig' offers the opportunity to sit on one of the café's benches and take part in their musical jousting between friends and families.

  • When Bach meets Telemann at Café Zimmermann



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Strings, harpsichord & flute traverso - 6 musicians


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CHAMBER MUSIC

Itinéraires en région

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CHAMBER MUSIC


Quand Pablo Valetti et Céline Frisch ont créé, voilà presque 20 ans, l’ensemble Café Zimmermann, il s’agissait surtout de travailler la question de l’interprétation et d’être les meilleurs interprètes possibles d’un répertoire qu’ils chérissent autour de Johann-Sebastian Bach et des compositeurs de l'Europe des 17ème et 18ème siècles. Aujourd’hui, consciente que l’environnement n’est plus le même et tirant les leçons de leurs expériences, la direction de l’ensemble réfléchit non plus uniquement en termes de développement artistique mais autour de deux objectifs prioritaires : une implantation régionale forte et une politique de diversification du public.

Ces objectifs se concrétisent par la production de programmes spécialement imaginés pour des séries de concerts dans le territoire comme la tournée « Détours en Région » en 2017 qui nous permettait d’aller à la rencontre des publics éloignés des centres urbains et culturels de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.

À partir de 2019, les musiciens de Café Zimmermann sillonneront les routes de la Région avec des programmes variés pour des ensembles divers allant d’un à cinq musiciens autour de différents programmes :

  • Le Clavier bien tempéré de J.-S. Bach avec Céline Frisch, clavecin
  • Duos violon & clavecin avec Pablo Valetti et Céline Frisch
  • Le cahier imaginaire de J.-S. Bach avec Pablo Valetti, violon ; Petr Skalka, violoncelle, Karel Valter, flûte & Céline Frisch clavecin

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At the roots of Café Zimmermann

le duo Pablo Valetti & Céline Frisch avec violoncelle

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At the roots of Café Zimmermann


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788)
- Fantaisia
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
- Toccata
Johann Georg Pisendel (1687 - 1755)
- Sonata for violon
Francesco Antonio Bonporti (1672 - 1749)
- Inventions for violon
Gottlieb Muffat (1690 - 1770)
- Suite en D
François Francoeur (1698 - 1787)
- Sonate VI in G

The range of programmes chosen for the Cafe Zimmermann's 2019-2020 season allows us to continue producing great pieces of the Baroque repertoire: Oratorios, Passion…, but most of all it promotes an almost complete return to our roots 20 years ago. From programmes by cherished composers to very distinctive atmospheres reminiscent of Mr Zimmermann's Café in Leipzig it is all Café Zimmermann’s DNA. These duos by the ensemble founders Pablo Valetti and Céline Frisch in dialogue with cello player Petr Skalka, present since the very beginning will transport you at the heart of baroque Europe – a true return to Cafe Zimmermann’s roots.

  • An evening of instrumental recitatives and poignant pieces at the roots of Cafe Zimmermann



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Pablo Valetti, violin
Céline Frisch, harpsichord
Petr Skalka, cello


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Harpsichord recitals

Céline Frisch

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Harpsichord recitals


The Well Tempered Clavier

Céline Frisch’s recording of the preludes and fugues is released by Alpha at the end of 2015 and has received all the distinctions of the specialized press (Diapason d’Or, Choc de Classica, ffff de Télérama).

The Well Tempered Clavier - J.S. Bach


To sources of the young Bach

« Exciting programme, patchwork of the major composers and the different styles which inspired the young Bach. » (Diapason)

Suites and toccatas by Buxtehude, Froberger, Reincken, Kerll
& early works by J.S. Bach


A day in the Fontainebleau Court of King Louis XV

A typical day of King Louis XV in Fontainebleau - masses, hunt and hunting dinners, walks and conversations, games, concerts and performances... - through masterpieces of the 18th century French harpsichord school.

Pieces by Couperin, Rameau, Royer, Daquin, Balbastre, Corrette…



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