The Dresdner Kammerchor (Dresden Chamber Choir = DKC) ranks among the top choirs in Germany and is famous for a characteristic sound combining clarity with great intensity of tone. A lively and fresh approach, and a much-praised homogeneity and transparency of sound, are amongst the ensemble’s strong points, which is in great demand world-wide.
The DKC was founded by Hans-Christoph Rademann and students of the college of music Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden in 1985. Since its foundation, the choir has been refined by Hans-Christoph Rademann - a world renowned choral sound specialist, into a professional ensemble that has received broad acclaim on its numerous concert trips in and outside Europe (i.e. USA, South Africa, India, and China). The choir also receives regular invitations to significant international music festivals like the Rheingau Musik Festival, Oude-Muziek-Festival Utrecht, Settimane Bach Milano, Festivales Musicales Buenos Aires, Bachwoche Ansbach, Festtage Alter Musik Stuttgart and Händelfestspiele Halle. In co-operation with the association Dresdner Hofmusik e.V. the DKC is involved in a series of concerts called Alte Musik im Dresdner Schloss. The participation in the Fest Alter Musik im Erzgebirge has contributed to the successful development of this young Saxon festival.
The ensemble has developed a highly diverse repertoire that is almost unparalleled, partially due to the fact that it's membership count varies according to whichever style is performed. The extensive repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to compositions of the 21st Century. The interpretation of Romantic works received great attention, and the choir won several awards for performances at international competitions. Further the granting of the Sponsorship award of the Ernst-von-Siemens Foundation for New Music demonstrates the ensemble’s achievements in the field of contemporary music. Compositions of Mauricio Kagel, Iannis Xenakis, Luigi Dallapiccola, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Ernst Krenek, Herman Berlinski have to be mentioned.Apart from a cappella music the Dresdner Kammerchor maintains a close association with the orchestra Dresdner Barockorchester and the Ensemble Alte Musik Dresden and gives new impetus to the conservation of early music in Saxony. The main emphasis is put on the work at Dresden’s musical treasures. The first re-performance of Johann David Heinichen’s late Masses results from these efforts as well as the well-known interpretations of Heinrich Schütz’ works Schwanengesang and Musikalische Exequien.
An extensive discography of broadcasts and CD-recordings and the permanent extension of the repertoire are the result of continuous work, they give evidence of the flexibility and the growing reputation of the ensemble, which is increasingly invited to co-operate with renowned orchestras and conductors, from Germany and abroad. Among the most famous are the conductors René Jacobs, Sir Roger Norrington, Adam Fischer, Peter Schreier, Riccardo Chailly and the ensembles Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig (conducted by Peter Schreier), Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin (conducted by Roland Kluttig), La Stagione Frankfurt (conducted by Michael Schneider), The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (conducted by Simon Preston), Concerto Köln (conducted by René Jacobs), and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann; first time in 2002).
Moreover, the CD production of Der Schwanengesang by Heinrich Schütz was awarded the Prix du Disque of the Academie Charles Cros Paris and the world premiere recording of Requiem in E flat major by Johann Adolf Hasse received the German disc critics award. Currently there are two new productions available: the complete recording of Geistliche Chormusic, 1648 by Heinrich Schütz and the oratorio Saul by George Frideric Handel.
The Dresdner Kammerchor is a member of the associations Verband Deutscher KonzertChöre (VDKC) and Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend (AMJ).
Antje Moldenhauer-Schrell [MB]
Marie Luise Werneburg