Since its founding in 2003, the Echo-Klassik prize winner NeoBarock has earned a reputation as an excellent interpreter of exceptional programs with its captivating interpretations and musicologically based concepts. For NeoBarock historical performance is not an end in itself, a staging of past events, nor do they produce museum pieces as a musical backdrop to contemporary life. NeoBarock do not try to take today’s listeners back into the Baroque era – they transpose that era’s music into our present age. Based on profound knowledge of their source material, on constant research, employing exactly the kind of instruments a piece originally was written for, these readings are a conscious effort to get as close to a composer’s intentions as possible, to reveal the music’s timeless relevance.
In thrilling, suggestive concert performances NeoBarock present rediscovered rarities or shed new light on well-known repertoire. With its unmistakable intensity of sound the ensemble is a regular guest in renowned concert halls and at important festivals.
In their CD productions (honoured, amongst others, with the ECHO Klassik prize) NeoBarock repeatedly have focussed on Johann Sebastian Bach and his circle, and they have brought forgotten composers like Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel and Johann Philipp Kirnberger back to the attention of a modern audience.
Highlights of the season are the concert tour in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk) with Bach’s Art of Fugue as well as the ensemble’s own concert cycle in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne. NeoBarock’s latest CD ARCADIA – Paradise in Music with works by Biber, Tartini, Scarlatti and others will be published shortly.