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15th anniversary: balance and highlights

The Ensemble Mediterrain celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017 with a total of 14 concerts and a varied list of programs. After a starting shot in February with piano quartets by Mahler, Turina and Brahms (op. 60), the EM solemnised its anniversary in March with two concerts in Dresden's idyllic Schloss Albrechtsberg. Following up on the increasing tendency to interpretate works for larger instrumentation, the highlights of 2017 were certainly Schubert's Winterreise by Zender (Lisbon, April), the Stabat Mater by Boccherini (Dresden, April) and the summer concert at Schloss Seifersdorf (August) with Dvórak's Serenade for Strings, Turina's Oración del Torero, Barber's Adagio for Strings, among others.

String quintets by Schubert and Boccherini were the main course in May's concerts in the north and south of Germany. June and July were dedicated to Enrique Granados, with whom the EM visited Mendelssohn, Schumann, Weber and R. Strauss at their homes in Leipzig, Zwickau, Dresden and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The last months of 2017 brought two very contrasting programms: one with master works for string quartet by Schoenberg and Webern, the other with a truly European musical journey with works by Puccini, De Falla, Carrapatoso, Massenet, Mendessohn and Brahms for voice, cello and piano.

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Could you imagine a more colourful and diverse agenda? But even more important than statistics: the certainty that these first 15 years were the first of many more years of success, accomplishment and music making at the highest level.
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A review about the concert of the Ensemble Mediterrain in the festival "Rosetti-Festtage"
(May, 2017)

Boccherini: Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid
Rosetti: String Quartet D major, op. 6
Schubert: String Quintet C major

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Charles-Antoine Duflot, Rahel Rilling, Madeleine Przybyl,
Alvaro Parra and Bruno Borralhinho

About the program formed by Boccherini, Rosetti and Schubert, Ernst Mayer affirms in the newspaper Augsburg Allgemeine, the EM "presented this vivid music with visible joy and exact interaction". Further more, Mayer considered the "virtuoso string players" were able to achieve a "striking speed" over "fast motives" as well as a "wonderful piano play" and "elegance and cheerfulness" as soon the music so demanded. In what can be considered a superlatively positive review, the author concludes emphasising that "the great performance was enthusiastically applauded by the audience".


Next concerts will be dedicated to Baroque music

In February 2018 the EM performs Bach's outstanding Goldberg Variations in the version for string trio by Sitkovetsky at Schloss Reinhardtsgrimma. On month later, the group dedicates its Good Friday Concert in Dresden to Vivaldi. The programm includes the Stabat Mater, the Introduzione al Miserere "Filiae Maestae Jerusalem", as well as the Sonata RV 130 and the Sinfonia RV 169, both denominated Al Santo Sepolcro, conducted by Bruno Borralhinho and with mezzo soprano Anna Werle as a soloist. › Read more

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Schloss Reinhardtsgrimma


CD Release in 2009:
Classic and rare

On the 100th Anniversary of his death in 2009, the Ensemble Mediterrain dedicated to the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz the world premiere of his famous Suite Española op.47 in a version for septet by Bruno Borralhinho. The CD also includes the "classical" Septet op.20 by Ludwig van Beethoven. › Buy in iTunes-Store

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Eduardo Calzada was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has both Spanish and Venezuelan citizenships. Still in Venezuela, he studied with Filiberto Nuñes before continuing his studies in Germany: first in Berlin with Klaus Thunemann and later in Düsseldorf with Gustavo Nuñez.
Eduardo Calzada was a member of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
He is a member of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, teaches in Strasbourg and Lübeck and is one of the longest standing members of the Ensemble Mediterrain.

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EM: Chamber music: why and what for?
EC: Because it is an important alternative to the orchestra. You are required to listen more accurately and later on this is extremely important for the orchestra work too.

EM: A few sentences about your collaboration with the Ensemble Mediterrain.
EC: It's been almost 10 years as a permanent guest of the ensemble. This is a project in which I take part with indescribable pleasure, not only for the quality of the ensemble but also because there is a great and long-standing friendship connecting me to its musicians.

EM: What is your favourite chamber work?
EC: Mozart's Gran Partita K. 361.

EM: Chamber musician, University professor and what else?
EC: Father of 3 beautiful children.

EM: Music and what else?
EC: At the present I am trying to do sports.

EM: What kind of music (CD, recording, etc.) would you necessarily want to take to a desert island?
EC: Nowadays I would better take a mp3-player with a lot of music, surely with a lot of Venezuelan music and other Latin American rhythms and of course Vivaldi's 39 Bassoon Concertos should not be missing on the playlist.

EM: And what about music scores?
EC: Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps.

EM: Which composer would you like to drink coffee with? Why?
EC: That is a difficult question, I have to many candidates. Most of the time, we make an interpretation according to our own feelings or research, but this also depends a lot on the composer itself. I often wonder if the composers actually meant it that way.

EM: And with which one would you not like at all to have a coffee with? Why?
EC: I like to drink coffee with everyone.

EM: In the big sports events... you go for Venezuela, Spain or Germany?
EC: Germany.

EM: Cachapas, Arroz con Leche or Schwäbischer Pflaumenkuchen?
EC: Ummmmm... Cachapas need a special cheese which does not exist in Germany, so I can only eat them in Venezuela. And instead of Schwäbischer Pflaumenkuchen I would rather eat delicious Käsespätzle.

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