Zürich 2011


Blick auf eine erfolgreiche Biennale Lucia Mense, Annette John, Matthias Weilenmann, Doerte Nienstedt

Lucia Mense, Annette John, Matthias Weilenmann, Dörte Nienstedt 

For three and a half years Dörte Nienstedt has been president of the ERPS. Now Lucia Mense was elected new president. In the members' meeting Vice-President Annette John, Cashier Wolf Meyer and Secretary Justus Willberg have been confirmed in their position."                                               more photos

The 5th ERPS-Biennale ”Spotlights“ in Zürich - looks into the past and future of the recorder

The 5th European Recorder Players Society (ERPS) Biennal took place in Zurich from the 2nd until the 4th of September.
Under the motto ”Spotlights – before 1550…past 2008“, many recorder players met for an intensive three day convention.
For more than a year the team around Prof. Matthias Weilenmann had planned this event and had done so very well. A smooth and perfect organisation plus a warm and friendly atmosphere greeted the public, players and lecturers.
According to the motto the Biennal was to emphasize the periphery of the recorder repertoire and offered, so to speak, a repositioning of the instrument in the context of history up to the present date.
The opening lecture ”Sappho and her music“ was held by Prof. Conrad Steinmann, followed by the first two of nine concerts. Special thanks to Aline Burla, Maria Hänggi, Anja Margarita Kaufmann and Nicole Meule, who not only were responsible for the organisation but found the time to play a successful concert with their teacher Matthias Weilenmann.

On the programme was English Music from around 1550, combined with compositions by two students from Zurich University (ZHDK) and their teacher Peter Siegwart. Five of the seven world premieres were played in this concert alone.
Saturday and Sunday were days of intense debate and interaction of musicians from all over Europe, the players being mostly members of the ERPS.
The Trio Viaggio, with Annette John, Katrin Krauß and Tanja Peemöller, combined medieval and renaissance music that interacted beautifully with compositions by Sascha Lino Lemke, Ezzat Nashashibi and Samir Odeh Tamimi.
Followed by Dörte Nienstedt’s ”Sounds of the night” programme which focussed on the largest and deepest sounding recorders.
The antithesis between the modern electronic world and nature formed a vital part of the composition by François Rossé, which Dörte performed.
Furthermore, this theme was one of the underlining important issues in many of the new works heard during these days.
Many composers used the technical possibilities to recreate sounds of nature, which bridged the gap between past and present, the pre-civilized and the high-tech world.
Live-electronics with loud speakers placed in various places in the concert hall were impressive proof of how interactive sounds can be produced, thanks to the ’trio Axolot’ and Lucia Mense in collaboration with Sascha Lino Lemke.
Unusual instrumentations were brought to attention by both Ensemble Diferencias and Ensemble Effusions, proving that recorder is a well liked and frequently used instrument over the whole of Europe and absolutely equal to any other instrument.
Remarkable and inspiring were the meetings with composers, which emphasized the close collaboration between composer and player in order to maximise the sound potential of the recorder in modern music.
The University (ZHDK) had together with the organisation team made an impressive effort to make the impossible possible and made funds available that covered all expenses concerning composition fees and equipment.
As usual there was an exhibition of instruments, sheet music and CD/DVDs. Notably the Swiss recorder makers were present to hold lectures and show their new developments and arduous research work.
It was an eventful weekend, which left everybody hoping for a new Biennal 2013. We wait with bated breath to see where the recorder will be by then.

                                                                                              Olga Philine Klären