Harmonia Podcast #110: The Koelner Akademie performs Mattheson, Ries, Stamitz, and Fischer



This week’s podcast is a little late. In fact, it’s one that should have aired seven days ago. Also, there will probably be another up in a few days. Stay tuned.

A couple of seasons ago I wrote a Harmonia program that featured Die Koelner Akademie, a German orchestra based in Cologne that specializes in modern and period instruments. The show was a lot of fun to put together, mostly, because it was a dynamic ensemble I’d never heard of. On top of that, the music they recorded was new to me (rarely, if ever, released).

When the Akademie’s director contacted me recently to see if I’d be interested in a handful of more recordings, I jumped at the chance.

This week’s podcast features four out of the  five new recordings he sent—all of which are terrific (there’s another show in the works for next season, too). I especially love the two CPO releases of oratorios by Johann Mattheson, one of my top five favorite composers.

Have a listen:

#110 — “World Premieres with Michael Willens and Die Koelner Akademie”

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