© VON DER DEKEN
LAMBAUER, VON DER DEKEN, LANGMAYR, KENDA, CURRY, MASON
MASON, LAMBAUER, VON DER DEKEN, TIRAN, LANGMAYR, JANEZIC, CURRY, KENDA
VON DER DEKEN, KENDA, MASON, LAMBAUAER, CURRY, LANGMAYR
BEAT FURRER BEGEHREN
The Vokalensemble NOVA, formed in 1992, specialises in works for solo vocal consort from the very prime of a cappella composition – the Renaissance – in works of the middle ages, of the baroque, and of the 20th and 21st centuries.
NOVA consists of a core of six to eight singers, who besides their classical vocal training have acquired extensive experience with distinguished conductors and ensembles both at home and abroad. The number of members of the group varies from project to project, in order to exploit the tonal possibilities to an optimal degree.
Besides renaissance madrigals and masses, works such as Gesualdo´s complete Tenebræ Responsories, Bach´s St John Passion (Version II, 1725) and his so-called Mass in B minor, and Monteverdi´s Vespers constitute NOVA´s repertoire. All of the above NOVA has executed with minimal forces and with great success. Additionally, specialist contemporary works for vocal consort such as Berio´s A-Ronne find their place in programmes of the Vokalensemble NOVA.
In the field of contemporary music theatre NOVA has set high standards: the productions of Beat Furrer´s Begehren (2003, world premiere), Invocation (2004, Austrian premiere) and Fama, Die schöne Wunde (2003, world premiere) and Melancholia (2008, world premiere) by Georg Friedrich Haas, and of Berhard Lang´s I hate Mozart (2006, world premiere) were acclaimed by both the national and international press. Recently NOVA has enjoyed successes in a staged production of Benjamin Britten´s Death in Venice at the Theater an der Wien in September 2009, in first performances of works by Adriana Hölszky and Beat Furrer at the Wittener Tage 2010, in performances of Luciano Berios Sinfonia in Münich together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly in October 2010, in Christoph Marthaler´s production of Wüstenbuch by Beat Furrer at the Vienna Festival in June 2011, and in concert performances at the Salzburg Festival in summer 2011 of the opera Macbeth by Salvatore Sciarrino, which has recently been released on CD.
Often, NOVA is inspired by non-musical aspects of cultural history to develop unusual concert programmes. Since ist foundation the Vokalensemble NOVA has been a regular guest at major music festivals, with appearances in Austria at the styriarte and the steirischer herbst, the Salzburg Festival, the Bregenzer Festspiele, the Vienna Festival and at Wien Modern, and abroad at the RuhrTriennale, the Lucerne Festival, the Donaueschinger Musiktage and the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.
In cooperation with Klangforum Wien the ensemble has sung at contemporary music festivals in Vienna, Zurich, Strasbourg and Berlin. Furthermore NOVA has participated in two CD productions of Klangforum Wien (Narcissus by Beat Furrer and Le temps restitué by Jean Barraqué; this latter was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque in 1998) and on CD recordings by the Wiener Akademie and by the Clemencic Consort.