Debut CD

ensemble mini presents MAHLER 9 in its specially-commissioned transcription for mini-orchestra. In collaboration with Klaus Simon, the world's leading Mahler arranger, this unique recording presents Mahler's huge but very personal symphony from a whole new perspective.

Written for just 17 musicians, this enlightening new version of the composer's final complete symphony remains true to much of Mahler's sparse orchestration, colours and ideas. However, it discovers a fresh layer of passion, intimacy and innocence that can only be expressed by the super-musicians of ensemble mini.

press

"Orchestras have long since reached their limits of growth. Expanded orchestras seem almost like fossils from a time when the slightest idea required an immense orchestra only to be stifled by 100 musicians. The new great things are small... ensemble mini is irresistible."

„Die Grenzen des Wachstums sind auch in der Orchesterwirtschaft längst erreicht. Die riesigen Apparate der Sinfonieorchester erscheinen beinahe wie Fossilien aus Zeiten, in denen selbst der kleinste Gedanke groß gedacht werden musste - um dann im vereinten Schäumen von 100 Musikern unterzugehen. Klein ist das neue Groß, die Stunde kreativer Kammerorchester schlägt: ensemble mini ist unwiderstehlich.“

Der Tagesspiegel, January 2011

"ensemble mini has often enchanted its audience by performances of historical adaptations of Mahler’s music... This is where mini-Mahler, thanks to the superhumanly beautiful and concentrated play of its protagonists, makes the impossible indeed possible: to transfer Gustav Mahler’s symphonic cosmos to the world of chamber music whilst still leaving the tonal reproduction of its universe."

„Schon öfter begeisterte das ensemble mini mit der Aufführung historischer Mahler-Bearbeitungen... Hier macht mini-Mahler mit dem übermenschlich schönen und konzen­trierten Spiel seiner Protagonisten tatsächlich das schier Unmögliche möglich: Gustav Mahlers symphonischen Kosmos in die Welt der Kammer­musik zu übertragen und ihm dennoch seine klangliche Nachbildung des Weltalls zu lassen.“

Berliner Zeitung, June 2011

"The huge symphonic abundance of tone colours that survives inside the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal is thanks to the intensity of playing ignited by Joolz Gale."

„Dass im Kammermusiksaal der Klangfarbenreichtum der großen Sinfonik erhalten bleibt, ist der Intensität des Spiels geschuldet, zu der Joolz Gale anfeuert.“

Der Tagesspiegel, May 2012

"Under Joolz Gale the music is played freshly and directly, and those endless expansions, by which the next day with the Berliner Philharmoniker escaped into a world of existential extinguishment, are the last thing the Englishman wants to achieve. The great experience of this first evening, however, was the young Estonian singer Kai Rüütel, who sang three of the nine songs (in alternation with Henk Neven) with powerful vocal clarity. Her "Urlicht" had even a more glowing and vocally touching effect than in the following concert with Matthias Goerne..."

„Bei Joolz Gale wird frisch und direkt musiziert, jene endlosen Dehnungen, die tags darauf bei den Berliner Philharmonikern in eine Welt am Rand existentiellen Verlöschens entführten, liegen dem durch John Elliot Gardiner geprägten Engländer fern. Das große Erlebnis des ersten Abends aber war die junge estnische Sängerin Kai Rüütel, die im Wechsel mit Henk Neven drei der neun Lieder in stimmmächtiger Klarheit sang. Das "Urlicht" wirkte bei ihr sogar glühender und stimmlich anrührender als im folgenden Konzert bei Matthias Goerne...“

Berliner Zeitung, June 2012

"The young musicians under their sparking conductor Joolz Gale are never at a loss... Moving, such as when a single viola sings to the world Mahler's farewell. Exciting, such as when the other mini-musicians then enter with anticipated listening, exploring a common sound world, whilst their conductor beats ecstatically. The mysteriously looming passage in the middle of the Adagio sounds more humble in this version, but without losing any effect."

„...die jungen Musiker um ihren funkensprühenden Dirigenten Joolz Gale sind nie verlegen... Bewegend, wie eine einzige Bratsche Mahlers Abschiedsgesang von der Welt anstimmt. Spannend, wie die hinzutretenden mini-Musiker sich aufeinander einhören, gemeinsam eine Klangwelt ertasten, während ihr Dirigent ekstatisch taktiert. Die geheimnisvoll inmitten des Adagio aufragende Klangstelle fällt bescheidener aus in dieser Version, ohne Effekt bleibt sie auch hier nicht.“

Der Tagesspiegel, June 2013

IDEA

Small is beautiful. In these tough financial times, exploring great music in mini ways cannot be more relevant. No longer can the fat-cat orchestras sit back and relax: ensemble mini is the carbon-neutral and environmentally-friendly answer to classical music.

We present big symphonic composers with no strings attached; no silly hang-ups, just pure, unadulterated music. Indeed, we strip the composer bare and naked for all to see, for all to enjoy. This accessibility is aided by the increased intimacy. With ensemble mini, audiences don't need to feel intimidated anymore. They can rather be drawn closer to the musicians and relate to them in a much more direct and personal way. We can introduce them to a composer from a whole new perspective. Whilst remaining faithful to the composer’s core ideas, colours and orchestration, we also discover - through this rare sound-world - a completely fresh perspective to the music's narrative.

Our mission to re-discover great composers through the mini-orchestra is a concept that originally took hold in Arnold Schoenberg’s Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen, Wien (1918-21). But now we take this tradition into the 21st Century, not only by reviving the original arrangements but by also performing and commissioning new ones. ensemble mini can prove that big symphonic music doesn't have to be big. As one critic has already pointed out, "small is the new big".

Upcoming

Beethoven Exposed

12 December 2017, 21:00h

  • Musikbrauerei Berlin
  • Beethoven // Overture to Egmont (arr. Tarkmann)
  • Beethoven // "Moonlight" Sonata No. 14, Adagio (arr. Gale) *Premiere*
  • Beethoven // Symphony No. 5 (arr. Gale) *Premiere*

Mysterium et Magicae

21 February 2018, 21:00h

  • Musikbrauerei Berlin
  • Bruckner // Symphony No. 7 (arr. Eisler/Stein/Rankl)
  • *Original-Mini Series*.

From Russia with Soul

March - October 2018

  • Berlin, Hamburg & Moscow
  • Rachmaninov, Prokofiev & Shostakovich

Previous

Das Lied von der Erde

11 June 2017, 17:00h

  • Philharmonie Essen
  • Gerhild Romberger (Mezzo)
  • Stephan Rügamer (Tenor)
  • Debussy // Prélude à l´après-midi d´un faune (arr. Sachs/Schoenberg)
  • Strauss // Suite aus "Der Rosenkavalier" (arr. Gale)
  • Mahler // Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg)

09 June 2017, 21:00h

  • Musikbrauerei Berlin
  • Gerhild Romberger (Mezzo)
  • Stephan Rügamer (Tenor)
  • Mahler // Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg)

Bartók Beyond Borders

17 / 18 November 2016, 21:00h

  • Musikbrauerei Berlin
  • Ferhan & Ferzan Önder (piano)
  • Rony Barrak (Darbouka)
  • Bartók // Roumanian Dance for Orchestra (arr. Bushnaq)
  • Bartók // Concerto for Two Pianos & Percussion (arr. Gale)
  • Bartók // Roumanian Folk Dances (arr. Barrak)
  • Bartók // Dance Suite (arr. Gale)
  • Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin.

09 October 2016, 19:30h

  • Vigadó Budapest
  • Ferhan & Ferzan Önder (piano)
  • Bartók // Concerto for Two Pianos & Percussion (arr. Gale)
  • Bartók // Concerto for Orchestra (arr. Gale)
  • In cooperation with CAFe Budapest Contemporary Music Festival.

06 / 07 October 2016, 21:00h

  • Musikbrauerei Berlin
  • Juliane Steinbach (piano)
  • Bartók // Transylvanian Dances (arr. Badreddin)
  • Bartók // Piano Concerto No. 1 (arr. Alkaei)
  • Bartók // Concerto for Orchestra (arr. Gale)
  • Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin and Myers Hotel.
  • In cooperation with CAFe Budapest Contemporary Music Festival.

Mahler 10

09 June 2016, 22:00h

  • Musikbrauerei Berlin
  • Mahler // Symphonie Nr. 10 (arr. Castelletti) *Premiere*
  • In cooperation with Musikbrauerei. Supported by Myers Hotel.

rbb kulturradio | Musiksalon

31 January 2016, 17:00h

  • Kleiner Sendesaal, Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin
  • Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)
  • Strauss // Suite aus Der Rosenkavalier (arr. Gale)
  • Hindemith // Kammermusik Nr. 3, op. 36 Nr. 2 (Cellokonzert)
  • Debussy // La Mer (arr. Gale)
  • In cooperation with rbb kulturradio. Supported by Myers Hotel.

Late-Night @ Konzerthaus Berlin

14 January 2016, 21:30h

  • Großer Saal, Konzerthaus Berlin
  • Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)
  • Strauss // Suite aus Der Rosenkavalier (arr. Gale)
  • Hindemith // Kammermusik Nr. 3, op. 36 Nr. 2 (Cellokonzert)
  • Debussy // La Mer (arr. Gale) *Premiere*
  • In cooperation with Konzerthaus Berlin. Supported by Myers Hotel and Westin Grand Berlin.
  • Dedicated to the memory of Stella Doufexis.

Simply Sibelius

11 November 2015, 20:00h

  • Musikbrauerei Berlin
  • Danae Dörken (piano)
  • Sibelius // Belshazzar's Feast (arr. Gale) *Premiere*
  • Mendelssohn // Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 (arr. Gale)
  • Sibelius // Symphonie Nr. 3 (arr. Gale) *Premiere*
  • In cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten and Robert Lienau Musikverlag. Supported by Myers Hotel.

Middle East Tour

27 October - 10 November 2015

  • MS Europa 2
  • Danae Dörken (piano)
  • Mozart // Klavierkonzert Nr. 21, K.467 (arr. Gale)
  • Strauss, J // Overture to Die Fledermaus (arr. Gale)
  • Mendelssohn // Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 (arr. Gale)

Mediterranean Tour

27 March - 10 April 2015

  • MS Europa
  • Ruth Ziesak (soprano)
  • Hartmut Becker (narrator)
  • Danae Dörken (piano)
  • Mozart // Klavierkonzert Nr. 21, K.467 (arr. Gale)
  • Beethoven // "Egmont" Schauspielmusik, op. 84 (arr. Tarkmann)

Strauss 150: New Perspectives

04 / 05 December 2014, 20:00h

  • STATTBAD Berlin
  • Caroline Goulding (violin)
  • Strauss // Don Juan (arr. Bauer)
  • Berg // Violinkonzert (arr. Karaev)
  • Zemlinsky // Sinfonietta (arr. Freisitzer)
  • Strauss // Der Rosenkavalier, Suite (arr. Gale) *Premiere*
  • In cooperation with STATTBAD Berlin and Schott Musikverlag.
  • Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

16 / 17 October 2014, 20:00h

  • STATTBAD Berlin
  • Tai Murray (violin)
  • Schönberg // Violinkonzert (arr. Wagendristel)
  • Strauss // Ein Heldenleben (arr. Gale) *Premiere*
  • In cooperation with STATTBAD Berlin
  • and F.E.C. Leuckart Musikverlag (as represented by Thomi-Berg Musikverlag, Planegg).
  • Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

03 / 04 July 2014, 20:00h

  • STATTBAD Berlin
  • Claudia Barainsky (soprano)
  • Zhengzhong Zhou (baritone)
  • Strauss // Metamorphosen (arr. Leopold)
  • Strauss // Till Eulenspiegel (arr. Dean)
  • Zemlinsky // Lyrische Symphonie (arr. Heinisch)
  • In cooperation with STATTBAD Berlin.
  • Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

Mahler 9

27 April 2014, 20:00h

  • Radialsystem V
  • Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 9 (arr. Simon)
  • mini-Lounge: DJ Akiko Kiyama
  • In cooperation with Radialsystem V and RBB Kulturradio.
  • Supported by Catenion GmbH, Alfred‐Toepfer‐Stiftung and Lieselotte‐Klein‐Stiftung
  • Further info here

Great Britten, Little Britten

04 December 2013, 20:00h

  • Konzerthaus Berlin, Kleiner Saal
  • Danae Dörken (piano)
  • Paolo Mendes (horn)
  • Ekaterina Metlova (soprano)
  • John McMunn (tenor)
  • Grigory Shkarupa (bass)
  • Pärt - Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
  • Britten - Young Apollo
  • Britten - Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings
  • Shostakovich - Symphonie Nr. 14
  • In cooperation with Konzerthaus Berlin.
  • With support from the British Council.
  • 07 December 2013, 21:30h

    • STATTBAD Wedding
    • Yuka Yanagihara (soprano)
    • Sam Furness (tenor)
    • Britten/Clyne - A Hymn to the Virgin
    • Vivier - Bouchara
    • Britten - Sinfonietta
    • Britten - Nocturne
    • @ 18:30h
    • "Britten's Endgame" (2013) **premiere film-screening**
    • In cooperation with STATTBAD Berlin.
    • With support from the British Council and Boosey & Hawkes.

    mini-Fest 2013

    11 June 2013, 20:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Mahler - Adagio aus 10. Symphonie (arr. Colnot)
    • Beethoven - 7. Symphonie (original instrumentation of its first performance)
    • Generously supported by Sapinda Deutschland GmbH.
    • Under the patronage of Simon McDonald, British Ambassador
    • & André Schmitz, State Secretary for Culture.

    12 June 2013, 20:00h

    • Heimathafen Neukölln
    • Danae Dörken (piano)
    • Regula Mühlemann (soprano)
    • Beethoven - 4. Klavierkonzert (arr. Beethoven / ed. Küthen)
    • Mahler - 4. Symphonie (arr. Simon)
    • In cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur and Heimathafen Neukölln

    mini-MAHLER, Part 3

    download programme brochure ∗ PDF

    20 June 2012, 20:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Kai Rüütel, Mezzo
    • Henk Neven, Baritone
    • Zemlinsky - Psalm 23 (arr. Stein)
    • Zemlinsky - Sechs Gesänge (arr. Stein & Tarkmann) *German Premiere*
    • Zemlinsky - Frühlingsglaube; Minnelied; Geheimnis
    • Mahler - Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn (arr. Simon) *World Premiere*

    12 June 2012, 21:30h

    • Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, ES
    • Festival 'musicadhoy'
    • Schönberg - Fünf Stücke für Orchester (arr. Greissle)
    • Mahler - Sinfonie Nr. 9 (arr. Simon) *Spanish Premiere*

    19 May 2012, 19:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Sarah-Jane Brandon, Soprano
    • Gyula Orendt, Baritone
    • Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (arr. Schönberg)
    • Schönberg - Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke (arr. Wulff)
    • Berg - Sieben frühe Lieder (arr. de Leeuw)
    • Prior - Mahler Fantasie *World Premiere*
    • Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Kloke)
    • Korngold - Suite: Much Ado About Nothing

    28 March 2012, 20:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Evelina Dobračeva, Soprano
    • Schönberg - Sechs Orchesterlieder (arr. Schönberg, Eisler, Stein & Simon)
    • Mahler - Sinfonie Nr. 9 (arr. Simon) *World Premiere*

    mini-MAHLER, Part 2

    download programme brochure ∗ PDF

    30 June 2011, 20:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Evelina Dobračeva, Soprano
    • Lukas Kargl, Baritone
    • Mahler - Klavierquartett, 1.Satz
    • Schönberg - Drei Stücke für Kammerorchester
    • Mahler - Kindertotenlieder (arr. Müller-Hornbach)
    • Berg - Fünf Orchesterlieder (arr. Wagenaar)
    • Mahler - Adagio aus der Sinfonie Nr. 10 (arr. Colnot)

    25 May 2011, 20:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Daniela Lehner, Mezzo
    • Edward Hughes, Tenor
    • Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (arr. Schönberg)
    • Reger - Eine Romantische Suite (arr. Schönberg/Kolisch)
    • Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schönberg/Riehn)

    mini-MAHLER, Part 1

    download programme brochure ∗ PDF

    16 January 2011, 20:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Eva Vogel, Mezzo
    • Debussy - Quatuor à Cordes
    • Schönberg - Lied der Waldtaube (arr. Schönberg)
    • Mahler - Rückert-Lieder (arr. Müller-Hornbach)
    • Schönberg - Kammersinfonie Nr. 1

    11 November 2010, 20:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Schönberg - Verklärte Nacht
    • Mahler - Sinfonie Nr. 1 (arr. Simon)

    30 September 2010, 20:00h

    • Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal
    • Lydia Teuscher, Soprano
    • Schönberg - Fünf Stücke für Orchester (arr. Greissle)
    • Bloch - Four Episodes
    • Mahler - Sinfonie Nr. 4 (arr. Simon)

ensemble mini

A project-based mini-orchestra founded in 2010 by Joolz Gale and academists from the Berliner Philharmoniker, "ensemble mini" comprises of young players from Germany's best orchestras to perform big symphonic music in mini ways. Consisting of up to 20 players, each project explores as an orchestra of soloists a major composer or theme, which often includes newly commissioned transcriptions, following the tradition of Schoenberg's Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen, Wien (1918-21).

The ensemble has received much critical acclaim, most notably for its "mini-Mahler" project at Philharmonie Berlin and Radialsystem V, including the much-praised premiere recording of their specially-commissioned arrangement of Mahler's 9th Symphony (arr. Simon). It has also performed highly successful concerts at Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Konzerthaus Berlin and - most recently - STATTBAD Berlin with "Strauss 150: New Perspectives". Establishing an important position on the Berlin music-scene, ensemble mini has featured widely on media platforms such as 3sat Kulturzeit, ZDF Aspekte, Deutschlandradio Kultur, WDR, RBB and DLF.

Its 2017 plans include "From Russia with Soul" with premiere arrangements of works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich as well as its continuation of "Bartók Beyond Borders" with new transcriptions of Bartók's major orchestral works.

Players 2016/2017

    Violin

    Jiyoon Lee // Kana Sugimura // Chiharu Taki

    Viola

    Wen Xiao Zheng // Johannes Eva // Itamar Ringel

    Violoncello

    Edward King // Davit Melkonyan

    Contrabass

    Johane Gonzales // Servaas Jessen

    Flute

    Diego Aceña Moreno

    Oboe

    Sandra Schumacher

    Clarinet

    Óscar Fayos

    Bassoon

    Balint Mohai

    Horn

    Juliane Grepling

    Trumpet

    Bassam Mussad // Peter Dörpinghaus

    Trombone

    Wojciech Jeliński // Emilio Almenar

    Accordion

    Franka Herwig

    Percussion

    Henning Börgel

    Piano & Harmonium

    Bjarni Frímann // Mario Häring // Naaman Wagner

Artistic Director

ensemble mini and its mini-projects were the idea of the versatile British conductor, Joolz Gale, who combines his informed knowledge and expertise of early music with his passion for the symphonic repertoire. His unique and collaborative approach to music-making sees him as a refreshing interpreter and innovative communicator. Initially studying as a violinist, he read Music at the University of Oxford before furthering his studies at Royal College of Music, London as a singer. Graduating in 2007, he became an inaugural apprentice to the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, at which time he began to develop his skills as a conductor.

In the same year, he took part in the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, resulting in an immediate invitation to make his début radio recording with Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Bamberger Symphoniker. He has since gone on to make conducting debuts with choirs and orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, including Orquesta de Cadaqués, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Cape Philharmonic, China National Symphony, KZN Philharmonic, Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Shanghai Symphony and Taiwan Philharmonic as well as further guest engagements with orchestras in Turkey, Poland, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Recent highlights include a return to Bamberg for "Die Deutsche Seele" with Orchesterakademie of Bamberger Symphoniker and Handel's "Messiah" in Barcelona's Palau de la Música (live on medici tv).

Joolz Gale's mentors and teachers include Sir Roger Norrington (with whom he has also assisted at Mahler Chamber Orchestra and SWR Symphony Stuttgart), Neeme Järvi and Paavo Järvi (assisting with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen). He has also participated in workshops with the Trondheim Symphony and Kritisches Orchester Berlin. In addition, he has shadowed extensively Andrew Manze, Emmanuelle Haïm, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Colin Davis, Antonio Pappano and Marin Alsop.

Outside conducting, Joolz Gale has embarked on special projects for television and radio and is a founding board member of the Molyvos International Music Festival.

Team

MINI-FAMILIE

Teil der Familie werden

  • mini-Baby: € 250 (€150, U30) +
  • mini-Mama/Papa: € 1.000 +
  • mini-Oma/Opa: € 2.500 +
  • mini-Gott: € 5.000 +

Das ensemble mini und seine mini-Projekte sollen ein fester Bestandteil des kulturellen Lebens in Berlin bleiben und mit steigender Bekanntheit im Rahmen von Konzertreisen und Aufnahmen europaweit für Furore sorgen.

Indem Sie der mini-Familie mit einer jährlichen Spende beitreten, tragen Sie also nicht nur zum Erfolg des Projekts mini-Mahler bei, sondern erlauben uns, in naher Zukunft weitere spannende Projekte, wie mini-Bartok @ Musikbrauerei zu präsentieren.

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FAMILIE 2015/16

Ein sehr großes Dankeschön gebührt schließlich allen finanziellen Unterstützern: unseren Familienmitgliedern. Ohne das private Engagement zahlreicher Personen wäre ensemble mini nicht zu realisieren gewesen.

  • mini-Oma/Opa:
  • Anonymous
  • mini-Mama/Papa:
  • Peter & Waltraud Jörgens; Dr. Kurt & Valeria Wolfsdorf; Dimitris Tryfon; Andrew Reed
  • mini-Baby:
  • Nicolaus Berlin; Laura Neuper; Amalaswintha Wolfsdorf; Victoria Peill; Gabrielle Vogel; Moritz Kreppel; Maximilian Meran; Hans-Christoph Enge; Philipp von Trott zu Solz

Sponsors & Corporate Donors 2016

  • mini-Emperor:
  • Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin
  • mini-Prince:
  • Catenion GmbH; PKF Fasselt Schlage mbB
  • mini-Lord:
  • Plischka Logistik GmbH

Schirmherrschaft

Ein ganz besonderer Dank geht zudem an den Botschafter Großbritannniens, Sir Sebastian Wood, für die Übernahme der Schirmherrschaft.

Partner

Deutschlandradio Kultur, rbb Kulturradio, Büsing, Müffelmann & Theye, Hapag Lloyd Cruises, Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikbrauerei Berlin.

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