ensemble officium was
founded by Wilfried Rombach in 1999.
ensemble officium carries out thorough
research, performs scholarly interpretations of Renaissance vocal
polyphony and pays close attention to the semiotics and nuance of
Gregorian chant. The intense studies of the scores lead time and again
to fascinating discoveries, such as “The Loreto Vespers” for 12 voices
by Antonio Cifra (1629). By performing the music as authentically as
possible, the ensemble creates a unique and absorbing atmosphere. Works
of sacred music from the Middle Ages, based on liturgical texts and
retaining original liturgical framework, are also part of the
ensemble’s specialties. In this way, the close connection between early
vocal polyphony and Gregorian chant can ably be demonstrated.
The ensemble is regularly invited to renowned festivals throughout Germany as well as to other European countries. Its singers were guests not only at the Tage für Alte Musik (Days for Ancient Music) in Herne in the Rhur, the Rheingau Musikfestival, the MDR Musiksommer (Summer Music Festival of the Middle-German Broadcasting Company) and the Niedersächsische Musiktage (Days of Music in Lower Saxony) but also in Sweden (Early Music Stockholm), in Austria (Barocktage Stift Melk), in Sicily (Musica Antica Erice) and in Poland (Plock Music Festival).
The result of the
efforts to revive the music of the Roman late Renaissance is reflected
in the ensemble’s close contact with Italy and invitations of the
Fondazione Palestrina as well as the Istituto Storico Germanico to
Giovanni Pierluigi’s homes in Rom and Palestrina.
Wilfried Rombach is the conductor of ensemble officium; which he founded in 1999. He is one of Germany’s most accomplished experts in sacred music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque, as his publications and works (performed and recorded by ensemble officium) show. He is a trained singer, organist and conductor and currently is Director of Music at the ‘Catholic University and Parish Church of St John’ in Tübingen.In addition, he works as a freelance singer in the Stuttgart vocal ensemble of the SWR (a south-west German broadcasting company) and also as a vocal teacher, leading different projects and holding lectures at various conservatoires throughout Germany.
Letzte Änderung: 07.06.2013