A perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness and wit. These are the hallmarks of Calmus, now one of the most successful vocal groups in Germany. The ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. The wide range of sound colors, the joy in performing that musicians convey on the concert platform, and their varied and imaginative programs are praised by the press time and time again. These five Leipzig musicians have won a whole string of international prizes and competitions, including the ECHO Klassik and Supersonic Award, and the reach of their activities is constantly expanding, taking them throughout Europe as well as to North and South America. In 2010 the quintet made its debut at Carnegie Hall.

The musicians are tireless in their quest to discover new repertoire. Shaped by the centuries-old tradition of great German boys’ choirs, they are naturally at home in the vocal music of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Romantic. The music of our own time is also a real passion. In all their ventures, there are frequently interesting partnerships with musicians such as the Lautten Compagney Berlin, the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Hamburger Ratsmusik and the Frankfurt Radio Bigband. As this often means totally new repertoire in the area of contemporary music, Calmus has commissioned numerous new works from composers and given many world premieres. It goes without saying that they revel in singing pop, folk and jazz, as well as chansons and golden oldies from the 1920s.

Part of their work is devoted to encouraging the up-and-coming generation, so teaching and workshops are part of their regular schedule, both at home in Leipzig and on their travels. It’s no wonder that Calmus, with its unique line-up of soprano, countertenor, tenor, baritone and bass, is gaining more and more fans worldwide.

PROGRAM

Veni Emanuel | Maria durch ein Dornwald ging | Coventry Carol
Huron Carol | De tierra lejana venimos | O Tannenbaum | Wexford Carol
BACH: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
T. TALLIS: O Nata Lux
GALLUS: Mirabile Mysterium
POULENC: O magnum mysterium
HUGO DISTLER: Singet frisch und wohlgemut
J. TAVENER: Today the Virgin
MENDELSSOHN: Hark! The Herald angels sing
BERLIN: White Christmas
RAMIREZ: La Peregrinacion
PIERPONT: Jingle bells

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