known for its performances on period instruments of Baroque music, was
formed in Germany in 1973 by the violinist and conductor Reinhard Goebel who got together some of his fellow
students from Cologne’s Conservatory of Music.
In the first
years they concentrated their performances on sacred and Baroque works and
in 1979 they made their debut in the UK when they performed in the English Bach
Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
In 1981 they were
named “Artist of the Year” by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie
and made their debut in the USA and within a few years were also touring
other international venues in China, South American and Australia.
In 1983 the
ensemble was enlarged by adding further string and wind musicians so that
they could start performing orchestral music.
In 1990 Reinhard Goebel developed tendonitis which led to him
occasionally performing the violin left handed later on but forced him to
give up his career as a violin soloist.
They made many
Grand Prix Internationa du
Disque, Diaposon d’or and Gramophone Award winning recordings,
almost exclusively for Archiv Produktion,
during their time together.
Some of these include The Bach
Family Before Johann Sebastian, Francois Couperin’s
Les Nations, German Chamber Music Before Bach, George Frideric
Handel: Marian Canraras and Arias, Johann David Heinichen: Dresden Concerti and Telemann: Tafelmusik and many more. They also received several Grammy
of their contribution to music they received an award from the State of Nordrhein-Wesfalen and were given the Buxtehude Prize
from the City of Lubeck.
in 2007 after featuring on more then 100 recordings that include some
compilations and more than three decades. Reinhard Goebel went on to pursue
conducting of larger orchestras.
Appolinis (Arias & Variations)
Archiv 427 118-2 (CD: Buxtehude/Pachelbel
Kammermusik, Chamber Music)
Concerto for 2 Flutes and
Orchestra in G Major
Archiv 447 664 (CD: Concerti
‘pour l’orchestra di