International Festival of Sacred Music ‘Gaude Mater’

05/04/2016 | Wednesday | 19:00 hrs | Basilica of Our Lady of Jasna Gora | ul. O. Augustine Kordeckiego 2| Częstochowa

The ‘Gaude Mater Festival’ is the biggest event in Poland presenting sacred music from different religions and cultures and promoting intercultural dialogue. This year sees the 26th edition of this highly popular Festival.

Once again, Polski Chór Kameralny has been invited to perform at the Festival, this year in a programme of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and featuring the world-famous soprano Simone Kermes accompanied by the ‘Ensemble Sans Souci’ from Berlin, who perform on historic instruments.

• Award-winning compositions from the organ category of the 2016 ‘Musica Sacra Nova’ Competition
• Missa in honorem Sanctissimae Trinitatis in C major KV 167
• Exsultate Jubilate in F major KV 165/158a
• Regina Coeli in C major KV 108/74d

Performed by
Simone Kermes – soprano
Jan Mroczek – organ
Polski Chór Kameralny
Ensemble Sans Souci Berlin
Jan Łukaszewski - conductor

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Simone Kermes studied under Professor Helga Forner at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, her home town. She completed her studies and two additional courses of study with distinction. She is the holder of many prizes awarded at international singing competitions.
Opera performances have taken her as Konstanze, the Queen of the Night, Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, Giunia, Rosalinde, Lucia, Gilda, Ann Truelove, Alcina and Laodice, among other roles, to New York, Paris, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Moscow, Beijing and German state opera houses. She has given solo concerts and lieder evenings all over Europe, as well as in the USA, Australia, the Sultanate of Oman, China, Russia, Mexico and Japan.

In addition to many radio and television productions, she has recorded numerous CDs. For her solo albums she has received a number of international awards, such as the annual award of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d`Or, Midem Award, Choc Le Monde de la Musique and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Month. For her album entitled Colori d`amore she was the winner of the Echo Klassik in the highest category, Female Singer of the Year, in 2011. In 2012 the Munich Abendzeitung awarded Simone Kermes its Star of the Year Award, and in April 2013 she received one of Russia’s highest cultural awards, the Golden Mask, for her performances as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Tchaikovsky State Academic Theatre in Perm.
Simone Kermes received the Echo Klassik 2014 award for the opera of the year.

The Ensemble Sans Souci Berlin was founded in 1985 by the recorder player and traverso flautist Christoph Huntgeburth, the violinist Irmgard Huntgeburth and the viola da gamba player Niklas Trüstedt, who as teachers at the music academies of Berlin and Dresden, lecturers at international courses and as musicians performing world-wide have gained international recognition. In various lineups, ranging from duo to orchestra, the ensemble’s repertoire stretches from the early Baroque to the Romantic period.
Great importance is attached to cooperation with outstanding young musicians, especially with students and graduates of the "Institute of Early Music" at the Berlin University of Arts. The intensive study of historic performance practice and intellectual history, psychology and body language, the art of instrument making following historic models and the use of rediscovered sheet music – all these provide the basis for the distinctiveness of their ensemble work.

Particular attention is lavished on the revival of music by and from the sphere of Frederick II (The Great). The ensemble’s CDs relating to this topic document the essential contribution which the "Berlin School" made to the development of the classical and the romantic styles in Europe. Their prolific cooperation with singers and directors in the field of baroque opera yield highly convincing audible and visible results, as demonstrated by their productions with the theatre company "I Confidenti".
Coproductions with artists from other art forms – e. g. the production of J. S. Bach’s "The Musical Offering" with the New York Dance Company Trisha Brown broke new ground for Early Music. The particular concern of the Ensemble Sans Souci Berlin is to create a sound which is able " to seize hold of the hearts, to generate or to appease the passions, and to put the listener now in this, now in that affect." (Forkel, 1800).

Hakenberger CD1 | 01 27 Omni Tempore a 8, Exultate Deo

Hakenberger CD1 | 05 28 In Natvitate Domini a 12, Hodie Christus natus est

Pieśni Legionowe 07 Strzelcy

Pieśni Legionowe 12 Róże




Paweł Łukaszewski Musica Sacra 3 Carol & Motets 02 Oj maluśki

Paweł Łukaszewski Musica Sacra 3 Carol & Motets 03 Mędrcy świata

Paweł Łukaszewski Musica Sacra 2 05 Tagesgebet

Paweł Łukaszewski Musica Sacra 2 06 Gabengebet

Paweł Łukaszewski Musica Sacra 2 07 Schlussgebet

Wolność 03 Spij dobrze Synu

Hakenberger CD1 | 05 28 In Natvitate Domini a 12, Hodie Christus natus est

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