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Eduard Tubin. Works for Violin and Piano. Vol 1

Keyboard Juggleress (Irina Zahharenkova, DVD)

Ad patrem meum (Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, DVD)

Arsis. Legend

Magic of Sound (Ralf Taal)

Maria Magdalena (Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra)

Joy and Sorrow Unmasked (European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen)

Locus amoenus (René Eespere)

The Best of Arsis Bells (Arsis, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Aivar Mäe)

Faust (Ain Anger, Estonian National Opera)

Modigliani − the Cursed Artist (Estonian National Ballet, Risto Joost)

HortusMusicus300HORTUS MUSICUS
Artistic director − Andres Mustonen

Hortus Musicus specialises in performing early music, including 8th–15th-century European forms such as Gregorian Chant, Organum, Medieval Liturgic Hymns and Motets, the Franco-Flemish School, Renaissance Music (including French chansons, villanelles and Italian madrigals) and Baroque. The group also presents non-European styles including Indian Ragas, Arabian mughams and Jewish music. The group’s repertoire has also included pieces by 20th−21st century composers (Pärt, Silvestrov, Kancheli, Tüür, Sumera, Vähi, Grigorjeva, Knaifel) often composed specially for Hortus Musicus.

 

HortusMusicus430In 1972 the first performance of the early music consort Hortus Musicus (‘Music Garden’) initiated a new tradition in the Estonian music life. The founder, leader, and most radiant figure of Hortus Musicus is Andres Mustonen. The consort has been the first in the Estonian interpretation lore, one of the first of the Soviet Union and the Nordic countries to bring so methodically and such interesting programs the rich and largely undiscovered inheritance of early music closer to the listener. The real province of Hortus Musicus is non-ethnical European music from its start to late Renaissance and the masters of Baroque. This also explains the choice of instruments and the cast of the consort. The musicians are not only interested in the beauty of the lyrics and music but rather try to interpret the era as such and convey their attitude to what is being performed. Each Hortus Musicus’ evening is like a musical performance with original instruments and authentic attire. The staging is polished and “through-composed” – everything is essential, from strokes to the chair on which the musician is sitting on the stage. In short, you are attending ”...attractive and technically sure performances...” (The New York Times). The intense and wide scale concert life has secured concert halls forHortus Musicus nights in different parts of the world. From the start, Hortus Musicus has participated in number of international festivals and music festivities (Holland Festival, Die Berliner Festwochen, GlasperlenspielMusic of Old Cracow, Tel Aviv Festival, Copenhagen Summer, Helsinki Festival, Bratislava AutumnMalmö BaroquePrague Spring, Dubrovnik and Plovdiv Festivals, Boston Festival). Since 1976, Hortus Musicus has worked under the auspices of Eesti Kontsert, the National Concert Institute of Estonia.

Download: photo of Hortus Musicus (in the Gate Tower, Tallinn, Estonia, colour, jpg, RGB, 1.2 MB)

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Ensemble Hortus Musicus:
Andres Mustonen – violin, discant viola da gamba, recorders, artistic director
Anto Õnnis – tenor, percussion
Tõnis Kaumann –  baritone, percussion
Riho Ridbeck – basso, percussion
Olev Ainomäe – bombardone, shawm, recorders, krummhorn, oboe
Tõnis Kuurme – dulcian, recorders, krummhorn
Valter Jürgenson – trombones
Imre Eenma – tenor viola da gamba, violone
Taavo Remmel − violone, double bass
Ivo Sillamaa – positive organ, harpsichord, piano


Discography

Imagetext EARLY MUSIC OF 3rd MILLENNIUM
Knaifel, Tüür, Vähi, Pärt, Silvestrov, Kancheli
Hortus Musicus
2011 ERP 4611; press resonance
player Comforter, fragm, 2 min 22 sec, mp3
player In Memoriam HM, fragm, 2 min 37 sec, mp3
Imagetext AVE...
Anonymous authors, Guillaume de Machaut, etc
Hortus Musicus
2005 ERP 805; press resonance
Imagetext VEEMUUSIKA / WATER MUSIC
Georg Friedrich Händel
Hortus Musicus Academic Orchestra
1997 Tallinna Vesi, Hortus Musicus
player #10, Händel, Water Music, Prelude, 2 min 3 sec, mp3
Imagetext GREGORIANISCHE CHORÄLE. PLAINCHANTS
Anonymous authors
Hortus Musicus
Erdenklang
Imagetext 1200−1600 MEDIEVAL-RENAISSANCE
Hortus Musicus
Erdenklang
Imagetext MAYPOLE
Orlado di Lasso, Pierre Attaingnant, Moritz Landgraf von Hessen-Kassel, etc
Hortus Musicus
Erdenklang 70982
Imagetext VUESTROS AMORES, HE SEÑORA
Juan del Ensina
Hortus Musicus
Erdenklang 50792
Imagetext TELEMANN QUARTETS
Georg Philipp Telemann
Hortus Musicus
2003 APEX / Warner Classics 2564 60636-2
player #16, Telemann, Quartets, fragm, 2 min 36 sec, mp3
Imagetext PEETER VÄHI. TO HIS HIGHNESS SALVADOR D
Hortus Musicus Academic Orchestra
1997 Antes Edition Classics BM CD 31.9086
player Peeter Vähi. Concerto piccolo, fragm, 2 min 26 sec, mp3
Imagetext CD: 2000 YEARS AFTER THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
Performed by: Kaia Urb, Hortus Musicus, The Bad Orchestra
1995 Forte FD 0016/2
Imagetext CD: 2000 YEARS AFTER THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
Performed by: Kaia Urb, Hortus Musicus, The Bad Orchestra
1995 Antes Edition Classics BM-CD 31.9059
player 2000 Years After The Birth..., Himmelan geht unsre Bahn, fragm, 2 min 4 sec, mp3
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Imagetext CD: HELESA
Work: In Memoriam HM
Performed by: Hortus Musicus
2008
player Helesa, fragm, 2 min 34 sec, mp3
player In Memoriam HM, fragm, 2 min 45 sec, mp3
Imagetext Double-CD: TAMULA FIRE COLLAGE
Work: 2000 Years After The Birth Of Christ
Performed Hortus Musicus, Kaia Urb and The Bad Orchestra
1999 Salumuusik CD-1054
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player La Folia (live), 16 min 10 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps