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Camerata Bern (Chamber Orchestra)

Founded: 1963 - Bern, Switzerland

When Max Rostal began teaching violin at the Berne Conservatory, so many top-notch string students were attracted to the institution that 13 of the more advanced players, along with a harpsichordist, funneled themselves into a chamber orchestra called Camerata Bern. From its inception in 1962, the group played without a conductor and instead took its cues from its concertmaster, who until 1979 was Alexander van Wijnkoop.

Camerata Bern played music from the Baroque era to the present, but became especially known for its lively - though mainstream - way with 18th century music. The group soon began touring Europe and playing at festivals and was already performing in the USA and Asia in 1967. Van Wijnkoop was succeeded by Thomas Füri, just in time for Camerata Bern to land a recording contract with the early music label Archiv. The ensemble's initial LP’s made a strong international impression even though they featured music by such obscure figures as Jan Dismas Zelenka, Holzbauer, Cannabich, and Lebrun.

The most celebrated player to join Camerata Bern was probably Thomas Demenga, who went on to make a series of eclectic and provocative cello recordings for ECM. Wind players were contracted as necessary and tours included a major soloist; from 1974 well into the 1980;s, this was more often than not oboist Heinz Holliger. Camerata Bern continued to perform in the ensuing decades, but its recording activities were curtailed by the taste among label bosses and record collectors for period instrument ensembles.

 
 
 
 

Source: All Music Guide (Author: James Reel)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

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Works

Thomas Zehetmair

Orchestra

Sinfonia from BWV 156 [w oboist Heinz Holliger]

Recordings of Bach’s Instrumental Works

Conductor

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Works

András Schiff

Orchestra

Concerto for 2/3/4 pianos & orchestra, BWV 1060-1064
Triple Concerto for piano, violin, flute, strings & bc in A minor, BWV 1044

Thomas Zehetmair

Orchestra

Oboe d’amore Concerto BWV 1053R [w oboist Heinz Holliger]

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