April 05, 2021 - 19:00 (CET)

Maurice Steger & the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

works by Handel, Vivaldi, and Telemann
broadcast live from the Festhalle of the City of Viersen

Maurice Steger, recorder flute
Freiburger Barockorchester
Leila Schayegh, Violin and Concertmaster

This concert is available for streaming until June 5, 2021

April 5 – Maurice Steger & Freiburg Baroque Orchestra LIVE from the Festhalle of the City of Viersen

Together with the city of Viersen, QChamberstream.com presents a unique Easter concert, paired with a special offer for the local audience that supports the local restaurant industry. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will play the festive program TEMPESTA DI MARE with works by Handel, Vivaldi and Telemann with recorder flute soloist Maurice Steger under the direction of the orchestra’s concertmaster Leila Schayegh. The concert will be broadcast worldwide via QChamberstream.com and in mainland China via QChamberstream.com.cn.

You can find more information about the Festhalle of the City of Viersen here!

For the second time in a row we cannot celebrate Easter the way we are used to, neither together with family nor in the concert hall. We are all the more pleased that we can broadcast a first-class concert live from the Festhalle of the City of Viersen Performing absolute baroque masterpieces by Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann, we are joined by two exceptional artists with whom we are working for the first time: Maurice Steger on the recorder flute and Leila Schayegh, who will lead the concert from the violin. We have been determined to make Easter a highlight of the entire year. 

-Freiburg Baroque Orchestra


Maurice Steger

“Maurice Steger’s virtuosity and sense of style are admirable”

Maurice Steger

It is not surprising that he is called “Paganini“, “wizard“, “the world’s leading recorder player” or an “electrifying and inspiring conductor“. In order to live up to such high expectations, one requires not only astonishing technique, but also charisma, intellect, and a special sensitivity for the music. Maurice Steger has been proving all of this to his audiences, inspiring with his intense tone and unstoppable energy in various concert formats all over the world.

As a soloist, conductor, or both at once, he regularly performs with the top period instrument ensembles, such as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel, Venice Baroque Orchestra, The English Concert, Il Pomo d’oro or I Barocchisti. He also performs with leading modern orchestras such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Canadian Violons du Roy, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Musikkollegium Winterthur and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. It always astonishes that all these orchestras sound transformed after a period of work: sonically sensitive and individual, always historically informed, and playfully expressive in the here and now.

Chamber music plays a notable role in the richly varied spectrum of Maurice Steger’s artistic endeavours. With fellow musicians and friends such as Hille Perl, Rachel Podger, Avi Avital, Daniele Caminiti, Sebastian Wienand, Diego Fasolis, Sol Gabetta and the French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, he dedicates himself to a continuously updated repertoire of Early music. Also, he is available for experimental or new formations, for example, he performs with the pianist Martin Stadtfeld and the percussionist Christoph Sietzen. Within the framework of a world premiere, together with the Kuss Quartet, Steger will apply himself to a new concert form in 2021.

Maurice Steger loves the interaction between different cultures and getting to know other ways of working and interpretive approaches, working as a concert artist, professor, and juror not only in Europe but throughout the world. Tours through North and South America, Asia and Australia have brought him together with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He was the first recorder player from the West to perform with the Traditional Taipei Chinese Orchestra.

His commitment to musical education is also extremely important to him: besides the directorship of the Gstaad Baroque Academy at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, which he took over in 2013 in addition to diverse master classes, he invented the character of Tino Flautino in order to encourage young children to playfully engage with classical music. The recorder playing Tino Flautino is a children’s hero in Steger’s home country, Switzerland, and the musician now presents his latest adventure with the tomcat Leo Leonardo in many countries and languages.

Through his own unending thirst for knowledge, he succeeds time and again in showing how much there is still to be discovered about Baroque music.

For example, on his recording Souvenirs, he presented works that he found in the private library of Count Harrach in Naples. His album Baroque Twitter with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the singer Nuria Rial was inspired by birdsong.

The latest recording, Mr. Handel’s Dinner, with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel was released in the spring of 2019 and reflects on Handel’s opera performances and especially their intermissions in London. The recording was received with enthusiasm by listeners and the press.

Steger regularly tracks down baroque and early classical rarities, conducts and plays them or releases them on CD. Maurice Steger has received many awards for his work, including the Karajan Prize and the ECHO Klassik.

One sometimes wonders where Maurice Steger finds all the energy with which he has helped the recorder to make a comeback, as Arte recently presented in a documentary The Recorder: A Comeback.

But when you see how much love for the recorder, the music, and the audience he demonstrates in each of his many projects, it becomes clear that Maurice Steger is carved from the same special material as his beloved instrument. (photo © Jean-Baptist Millot & Molina Visuals)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (FBO) is one of the leading ensembles of historically informed performance practices. For more than 30 years the orchestra has shaped international musical life and continues to through its concerts, touring, and recordings. 

The FBO was founded in 1987 by former students at the University of Music in Freiburg, predominantly from the violin class of Rainer Kussmaul, who himself was later elected concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. The ensemble soon became one of the most sought-after orchestras performing on historical instruments and gained notice internationally. The FBO regularly appears in the most renowned concert halls, including in the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in the Philharmonie de Paris.

Concert tours have taken the ensemble to every continent, from South America to Australia. The FBO additionally maintains its own subscription series in Freiburg, Stuttgart, and Berlin and is a guest at major music festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Tanglewood Festival in the USA and the Days of Early Music Innsbruck.

While the core repertoire of the orchestra is baroque and classical music, they have expanded their performance repertoire to include romantic music, especially the works by Mendelssohn and Schumann. In the spirit of historically informed performance practice, the FBO usually performs concerts without a conductor, but for selected projects, the ensemble has worked with well-known conductors including Pablo Heras-Casado, Sir Simon Rattle, and Teodor Currentzis. A particularly intense musical friendship connects the FBO with René Jacobs.

Since 2017, the artistic directors of the FBO are Gottfried von der Goltz (violin) and Kristian Bezuidenhout (Clavichord), who took over this position from Petra Müllejans. Both current artistic directors perform as soloists with the orchestra both at home and on tour. The ensemble also works with renowned instrumentalists and vocal soloists, including Isabelle Faust, Philippe Jaroussky, Christian Gerhaher, Alexander Melnikov, Andreas Staier, Jean-Guihen Queyras. 

The extraordinary musical diversity of the FBO is documented on critically acclaimed recordings which have amassed numerous prizes and awards, including several ECHO Klassik awards and nominations for both the Grammy and the German Record Critics association awards.

In the 2020/21 season the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will give guest performances at the Days of Early Music in Innsbruck, the Cologne Philharmonic and at the Theater an der Wien. With Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte under the direction of René Jacobs in Moscow and on the Canary Islands. René Jacobs will again conduct the orchestra at the Philharmonie de Paris for a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz. The FBO will also go on an extensive concert tour of Japan with Kristian Bezuidenhout who will perform the piano concertos of W.A. Mozart. In April, at the Theater an der Wien, the orchestra accompanies a production of Handel’s Saul.

The Festhalle of the City of Viersen was founded in 1913 and is praised worldwide for its particularly outstanding acoustics. Many top-class orchestras and ensembles were drawn here, including the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan following the end of the Second World War. QChamberstream.com is particularly pleased to present this year’s Easter concert from this historic hall. (photo © Britt Schilling) 


Program

G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
from Water Music Suite No. 1 in F-Major, HWV 348
I. Ouverture
II. Adagio e staccato
III. (without movement name)
IV. Andante — Nr. 3 da capo

F. Geminiani (1687-1762)
Concerto Nr. 7 in d minor (After Arcangelo’s Trio Sonata Io. 5, No. 11, with ornamentation by Pietro Castrucci)
I. Preludio (Vivace)
II. Corrente (Allegro)
III. Sarabande (Largo)
IV. Giga (Allegro)

G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
from Water Music Suite No. 1 in F Major, HWV 348
V. (without movement title)
VI. Air
VII. Minuet
VIII. Bourée
IX. Hornpipe
X. (without movement title)

A. Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Concerto in F Major, RV 98 “La tempesta di Mare
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Presto

Interval

G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major, HWV 350
I. (Without Movement Title)
II. Rigaudon
III. (Without Movement Title)
IV. Minuet
V. (Without Movement Title)
VI. (Without Movement Title)
VII. (Without Movement Title)

G.P. Telemann (1681-1767)
Concerto in C Major, TWV 51:C1
I. Allegretto
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Tempo di Minuet

G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
Water Music Suite No. 2 D Major, HWV 349
I. (Without Movement Title)
II. Alla Hornpipe
III. Minuet
IV. Lentement
V. Bourrée