Daniel Deuter - violin
Heike Johanna Lindner - viola da gamba
Markus Märkl - harpsichord
„Stylus phantasticus - Playing after numbers"
Stylus phantasticus - Fantasy Encoded with Numbers
Dario Castello: Sonata primo e seconda
Michelangelo Rossi: Toccata terza
Biagio Marini: Sonata terza
Dario Castello: Sonata quarta
Richardo Rogniono: Diminution on the madrigal "Anchor che col Partir"
Antonio Bertali:Sonata à due in D minor
Sonata in E minor
Michelangelo Rossi: Toccata septima
Dario Castello: Sonata ottava
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata Nona
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli: Sonata “La Castella”
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Established in Cologne in 1998, the ensemble CordArte set out with the intention of allowing early music to live again by playing it expressively on the instruments for which it was intended. Daniel Deuter, Heike Johanna Lindner and Markus Märkl form the core of the group, performing on violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord/organ. Here, the elements of the group’s name come to the fore, with Corda (string) and Arte (art) describing both the artistic intent and the instruments themselves. The emphasis of the ensemble’s work lies in the chamber music of the 17th Century, a time which produced outstanding literature in Germany, England, France and Italy.
Programmes with singing, a second violin or a flute constitute further facets of the ensemble, which sometimes extends to form larger groups. Moreover, CordArte develops projects with acting or reading, as in the “Casanova da Ponte evening” with former ARD newsreader Wilhelm Wieben, in line with the “Music Days” of Lower Saxony. In coproduction with the WDR, a “Commedia dell’Arte” project evolved in conjunction with the Theater Narratak of Essen.
Above all, rarely performed repertoire is the focus of the ensemble’s work. As treasure seekers in this area, CordArte promotes the rediscovery of masterpieces that have unjustly fallen into oblivion, and which they feel should be made known to a wider audience once again. Sound research, paired with lively and fresh playing, distinguishes concerts that have been received enthusiastically by critics and audience alike. CordArte has appeared as guest performers at several well-known festivals in the last few years including Thüringer Bachwochen, Fränkischer Sommer, Tage Alter Musik Herne, Händelfestspiele Halle, Händelfestspiele Göttingen, Bad Hersfelder Festspielen and Festspiele St. Gallen, as well as Residenzwoche München.
Numerous concert recordings and co-productions have resulted from work with DLF Köln (German Radio Cologne), WDR Köln (West German Radio Cologne), Hessischer Rundfunk (Hessian Radio), SWR (South West German Radio) and BR (Bavarian Radio). Four CD recordings document their work to date. CordArte’s debut CD, featuring works by Biagio Marini, was produced in 2004 in cooperation with the Bavarian Radio label Raumklang. The April 2006 recording of North German compositions from the 17th Century, “Musicalische Frühlingsfrüchte” (“Musical Spring Fruits”) with German Radio Cologne, marked the beginning of their collaboration with the Swiss label PANCLASSICS. Here, two further productions were released: Treasures in November 2007, a recording of chamber music from the library of the earls from Schönborn to Wiesendheit, as well as the Sonate, Battaglie & Lamento, South German instrumental music from the collection of Karl von Liechtenstein-Castelcorn, bishop of Olmütz, a CD entitled Mein Herz ist bereit, a recording of seventeenth-century solo cantatas for Bass with Peter Kooij, and most recently a recording of chamber music by Henry Purcell. To date, CordArte has been supported by grants from the Degussa Stiftung and the Kunststiftung NRW, as well as from the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne.