Maurice Steger & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

It is always like a joyful shock to experience someone suddenly stepping onto the podium and making music as if a great gate were being pushed open, finally allowing a view into the vast realm of music… It was an experience of virtuosity entirely in the sense of the great cellist Emanuel Feuermann: “Virtuoso should be a title of honour, and I believe that even among the greatest on the podium today, only a few deserve it. To be a virtuoso means: to have the greatest playing ability, to respect the work of art and to have the ability to bring one’s own personality into the work of art in a meaningful way. – Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Maurice Steger and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin ceremoniously open the Bad Kissingen Recorder Festival with music from Georg Philipp Telemann’s magnificent Overture in A minor, which is an experimental mixed genre with elements of the Italian concerto and the French orchestral suite. The recorder takes over stimulating interludes in the dance movements and dialogues with the orchestra, sometimes elegantly, sometimes virtuously. The ‘Air à l’italien’ is the centre of the work and lets the recorder appear like an opera diva in a da capo aria.

And what does it actually sound like in Franconia? Telemann provides onomatopoeic information in his collection ‘Klingende Geographie’. As a welcome melody, you will hear his Franconian and Bavarian episodes, but regions such as Austria or the united Netherlands are also introduced.

The programme is completed with Johann Bernhard Bach’s orchestral overture in E minor and two Italian concerti from the pen of Antonio Vivaldi.

Finally, in the Concerto ‘Il Gardellino’, Maurice Steger chirps a pleasurable feast on the flautino with Georg Kallweit (concertmaster) and together with the Berliners they send the wonderful tunes of the thistle finch out in to the nocturnal Kissinger Kurpark.

Maurice Steger and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin play Telemann:
One of the best virtuosos currently playing this instrument, which was not called “flauto dolce” for nothing in the Baroque era and later fell undeservedly into the hands of pre-school children, is Maurice Steger. One does not find the shadow of a suspicion of impurity in his playing. His breathing technique is superb, his dexterity in the concertante, fast movements breathtaking. … But then, as in a baroque opera, the diva steps up to the ramp and sings, in wonderfully bound legato, a lyrical scene. She tears open the sky and lets sweet, round pearls rain down in chains. It is Mademoiselle Alto Recorder. – Eleonore Büning, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Maurice Steger recorder
Akademie für Alte Musik orchestra

Works by G. Ph. Telemann, A. Vivaldi und J. B. Bach

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THU, 26.5.22 | 19:30 | » Max-Littmann-Saal