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Ensemble arabesques
Ensemble arabesques

B108098   B 108 098
Gustav Holst chamber music
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In 2011, the German-French cultural festival arabesques was launched in Hamburg. With more than 50 events each year, it is now the biggest festival of its type in northern Germany.

The Ensemble arabesques, which to begin with was active only during the festival, has now developed its own momentum and performs in Germany and abroad throughout the year. The ensemble is made up of musicians from the three major Hamburg orchestras – the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. In varying combinations, the artists focus mainly on unusual musical projects ranging from baroque to modern. Little-known composers or works that have fallen into oblivion form a central part of the ensemble's work. German radio station Deutschlandradio Kultur has supported and promoted this commitment from the outset.

The group's first CD was released in 2014 in cooperation with the Marseille ensemble Musicatreize: Trois contes de l’honorable fleur by Maurice Ohana. The production was nominated for the ICMA in the “Oper” category. It also received recommendations from the radio station france musique and the Académie Charles Cros.

Ensemble arabesques has also been collaborating with the “Institut Français des Instruments à Vent” since 2012. In keeping with the “Franco-German Friendship”, concerts and lectures have taken place in Hamburg, Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. The ensemble has now become internationally recognised, with concerts in Nice, Marseille and Paris and at various prestigious festivals in France.