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Concert Tour in Portugal: Ensemble Mediterrain conquers an enthusiastic audience

The concerts of the Ensemble Mediterrain in Porto (September 30), Aveiro (October 01) and Castelo Branco (October 02) ended with a deserved, thunderous applause and huge enthusiasm.

The fresh and accurate interpretations of Schubert's C major String Quintet and Boccherini's string quintets in E major G. 275 and in C major G. 324 "La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid" will surely remain unforgettable for both the audience and the musicians.
Before the first concert in Porto - the second largest metropolis and "namesake" of the country - the Ensemble Mediterrain was actively represented in a roundtable with several prominent guests from the local cultural and musical spectrum.



Third time in Peru,
seventh in South America

The Ensemble Mediterrain celebrated its seventh South American concert tour in early September, this time with two concerts in the Peruvian capital Lima, where the group counted its third visit as well. As part of a season which includes famous artists and orchestras such as Pinchas Zuckermann, Joshua Bell, Evgeny Kissin, the Leipziger Streichquartett or the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, an interesting and varied program was designed with works by Haydn, Weber, Martinu and Ravel, receiving the best reactions from the audience and the local press. Read more ›


Kammermusiktage Ahrenshoop: Ensemble Mediterrain opens Festival on the German northeastern coast

The chamber music festival had its opening on October 17 with an evening dedicated to tango composers Saúl Cosentino and Astor Piazzolla. The Ensemble Mediterrain played works for different formations before it could inspire again the Ahrenshooper audience with a more classical program on October 18. The festival program included important artists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Yossi Gutmann, Bruno Monsaingeon or Iskandar Widjaja. Read more ›



Chamber Orchestra:
an increasingly preferred format

The Ensemble Mediterrain will appear as a chamber orchestra in a Christmas Eve Concert dedicated to Italian baroque composers such as Corelli, Locatelli, Albinoni and Vivaldi. The concert will take place in Dresden's Lukaskirche, a very popular site for its special acoustics which has been used in the past for many historical recordings by renowned artists and orchestras.
Watch here the video of the first concert of the Ensemble Mediterrain performing in chamber orchestra format in 2011. ›


Upcoming Projects

The next Newsletter (n.4) is expected to appear in March 2016 but until then you can follow us on Facebook › or visit the Website of the Ensemble Mediterrain › at any time. Look forward with us to the upcoming concerts for example with Piano Quartets by Brahms and Faure, Mozart's Gran Partita or Gustav Mahler Das Lied von der Erde in the arrangement for chamber ensemble by Schoenberg/Riehn!



Born in France, Matthieu Gauci-Ancelin is principal flute of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2006, quite as long as he performs as a regular guest of the Ensemble Mediterrain. He studied in Paris with Sophie Cherrier and at Berlin Philharmonic's the Karajan Academy with Andreas Blau and Emmanuel Pahud. He is also a laureate of the International Jean-Pierre Rampal Competition and the French Foundation Natixis. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed with musicians such as Albrecht Mayer, Sir Roger Norrington, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Lars Vogt. Read here the second of many short interviews, in which you get to know more closely the members of the Ensemble Mediterrain.


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EM: Chamber music: why and what for?
MG: The chamber music is the fundament of everything in classical music - the musicians listen and interact. I also try to have this approach when I play in the orchestra. It is precisely in chamber music repertoire that most composers have written their masterpieces, except perhaps Wagner.

EM: A few sentences about your collaboration with the Ensemble Mediterrain.
MG: For some years now I have a great joy making music with the Ensemble Mediterrain. On the one hand because the colleagues became friends and are meanwhile musicians I admire, on the other hand also because I think the concept of the ensemble is great: with its flexible formation we can play various repertoire. From trio to a small chamber orchestra, it is all in there.

EM: What is your favourite chamber work?
MG: That's really difficult to answer... as a listener I would say Beethoven's String Quartets. But as a flutist perhaps rather Mozarts D major Flute Quartet because of its wonderful slow movement.

EM: Orchestra, Chamber music and what else?
MG: Parallel to the orchestra, I play chamber music regularly and sometimes as a soloist with orchestra too. Of course, the orchestra takes up most of my musical activity, but I like chamber music very much because as a woodwind player you always have an interesting part to play. I think the variety of genres is important because for example the experience as a soloist helps you when standing out with a solo in the orchestra. And the chamber music trains the listening, an absolutely essential capacity!

EM: Music and what else?
MG: I obviously like all forms of art, but I am especially interested in painting. Otherwise, I love travelling and good food!

EM: What kind of music (CD, recording, etc.) would you necessarily want to take to a desert island?
MG: I would definitely take recordings of Horowitz with me: maybe his Scarlatti Sonatas or the Kinderszenen ... I can permanently feel inspired when listening to his simplicity, his pianissimi and his beautiful singing lines. Furthermore, I would also take the Vier letze Lieder by Strauss, preferably sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

EM: And what about music scores?
MG: Definitely a score of Mozart's Don Giovanni. And Bach, but which of the many works... difficult decision!

EM: Éclair or Berliner Pfannkuchen?
MG: Both! I love sweet pastry and I keep having trouble to be reasonable...

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