Renner Ensemble – Männerchorwerke von Franz Schubert mit Klavierbegleitung

The Renner Ensemble Regensburg named after Josef Renner (1868-1934), a composer and organist at Regensburg Cathedral, was founded by Bernd Engelbrecht in 1987. Most of its original members received their education at the Regensburger Domspatzen (Regensburg Cathedral Choir).

The male choir's broad repertoire ranges from gregorian chant to experimental vocal avant-garde compositions. The ensemble has toured Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Spain, Latvia, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Uruguay, the Philippines and Argentina.

The ensemble has won numerous national and international awards under the directorships of Bernd Engelbrecht, Jörg Gernslein and Hans Pritschet, so for example First Prize at the Third German Choral Competition in Stuttgart (1990), at the International BBC Choral Competition Let the People Sing (1991), and at the 27th Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain (1995). The Renner Ensemble also received the Cultural Development Prize of the City of Regensburg in 2000, the Special Award of BR Bavarian Radio for the outstanding interpretation of romantic choral repertoire in 2017, and the OPUS Klassik Prize 2018 in the category Choral Recording of the Year for the album “War No More”.

Franz Vitzthum (Ständchen) also received his first musical training from the Regensburger Domspatzen. He studied singing with Kai Wessel at the Cologne University of Music. During this time he already received numerous awards and grants.

Maximilian Schmitt (Nachthelle, Mondenschein, Die Allmacht) studied singing with Prof. Anke Eggers at the Berlin University of the Arts and is artistically supervised by Roland Hermann.

Gerold Huber is a particularly sought-after companion of the younger generation and works with a large number of internationally renowned singers. Here he sensitively accompanies choir and soloists.

ensemble minui – opera suites for nonet – ACT 1

In contrast to the traditional nonet combination, our ensemble (six men and three women) consists of two violins, viola, violoncello, double bass, flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon. Most our ensemble members are also part of the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra and the Municipal Theatre in Klagenfurt, which makes collaboration much easier, both in terms of providing a good musical fit and facilitating our rehearsals.

The ensemble minui stand for playfulness, the spirit of discovery, and respectfulness towards each other. The reduction of the musical forces of an entire orchestra to an ensemble of nine musicians requires that we are able to rely upon one another. In contrast to a full orchestra¸ performing without a conductor fosters a more authentic, transparent and direct music-making. The players must communicate with each other, know what is happening where and when, and be aware of their own role at any given moment.

We want to expand the repertoire for large, mixed chamber ensembles. Many orchestra musicians would like to be able to perform the major orchestral works with reduced forces; furthermore, many festivals are not in a position to invite large orchestras on stage, but the existing repertoire for such purposes is very limited. By creating unique musical miniatures we would like to present opera lovers with new, intimate perspectives on well-known works. In addition, we might be able to introduce the world of opera to new audiences.

For their inaugural album, ensemble minui have chosen three romantic and veristic operas. Although written at around the same time and featuring three women as their central figures, the three operas are quite distinct from one another:

- Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), premiered 31 March 1901

- Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), premiered 14 January 1900

- Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss (1864-1949), premiered 26 January 1911

Each of the three operas presents a strong female archetype: Rusalka is a water sprite who longs for another world. Tosca is a temperamental singer who is caught in the conflict between art and politics. In the Rosenkavalier, the Marschallin is at the centre of our attention, even though she is not the opera’s central figure and the comedic action is focused on the boorish Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau. By setting aside her own desires in favour of contemplating time and transience, the Marschallin emerges as the opera’s moral authority. The three female characters are not only united in their longing for love, but also in their quest for a different, better world – a world in a different dimension, place and time.

Label of the Year

Unser Klassiklabel ARS Produktion ist mit dem Internationalen Musikpreis "ICMA" ausgezeichnet worden.

For over 30 years, the German classical label ARS Produktion has been a successful platform for young artists as well as for widely recognized musicians. Many releases feature niche programs revealing hidden treasures. Artists, critics and listeners have pointed out the excellent recorded sound created by Manfred Schumacher, with most of the productions being released as high quality hybrid SACDs.


Unsere SACD-Produktion
ist mit dem Deutschen Musikpreis "OPUS KLASSIK 2019" ausgezeichnet worden.

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