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Musicke & Mirth  

Musicke & Mirth   Based on the title of a Tobias Hume work, MUSICKE & MIRTH was founded in 1997 by Jane Achtman and Irene Klein in Basel. The aim was to explore the unique and entertaining music for two viols. Further musicians are added to the core group of two players when the repertoire requires it. They perform on period instruments (or their copies) and from original scores, paying great attention to historical performance practice. The combination of authenticity and virtuosity paired with a unique performing flair has made the ensemble successful both in concert halls and at competitions. Musicke & Mirth won third prize in the American Dorian / EMA Recording Competition in 1997, second prize in the Premio Bonporti in Rovereto (Italy) in 1998, and second prize at the Van Wassenaer Competion in The Hague (The Netherlands) in 2000. Since its formation the ensemble has developed various programs in different combinations, travelling throughout Europe. In 2005 it played at the Festival Concentus Moraviae in the Czech Republic and in 2007 was invited to perform for German radio WDR3. The ensemble often participates as a duo in larger productions, such as a staged version by Herbert Wernicke of Bach's Actus Tragicus with the conductor Michael Hofstetter, which was performed in Basel in 2000/01 and in Stuttgart from 2006 to 2008. In 2006, Musicke & Mirth accompanied the Collegium Vocale Gent for a European tour of Dietrich Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri. The ensemble now presents its fourth CD.


Division-Musick

Division-Musick

The Art of Diminution in 17th-century England

Musicke & Mirth
Irene Klein & Jane Achtman, viola da gamba & lyra viol
Amandine Beyer, violin
Johannes Strobl, virginal & organ

5 Diapasons


Catalogue No.: RAM 1204
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Feuer und Bravour

Feuer und Bravour

The viola da gamba at the court of Frederick the Great



Musicke & Mirth
Irene Klein and Jane Achtman, viola da gamba
Rebeka Rusó, violoncello
Barbara Maria Willi, fortepiano and harpsichord

Diapason découverte

Classica, 9 de Répertoire


Catalogue No.: RAM 0803    >>BUY THIS CD

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