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Ensemble Corund

  • Vocal Ensemble

Biography

Ensemble Corund: Specializing in the sacred music of the Renaissance and Baroque and vocal music of the 20th century, Ensemble Corund is a frequent guest at festivals such as the IMF Lucerne, the Internationales Chorforum in Frankfurt, Germany and Contemporanea in Trieste, Italy. They made their first tour of the United States in 1998 under a grant from the Swiss-American Cultural Exchange Council and have returned twice since. Recent CD releases have included Navidad Iberica: Spanish Christmas Music and Villancicos from the Renaissance (Dorian Recordings, 2002); Works for Choir and Orchestra of J.S. Bach; Bach's St. John's Passion; and a live recording of Händel's Messiah (2001); Navidad Ibérica, Renaissance Christmas music from the Iberian Peninsula (1997); Vielfalt der Formen, commissioned by the churches of German-speaking Switzerland (1998); and Ensemble Corund: A portrait (1998).

At the "Rencontres Chorales Internationales” in Montreux in April 1997 the ensemble won the Bärenreiter Prize for the best program and the best performance. Ensemble Corund collaborates frequently with its partner baroque orchestra Capriccio Basel.