Musica Antiqua Cologne stops!

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Musica Antiqua Cologne stops!

Post by PJME » Thu May 18, 2006 2:59 pm

It is sad news for lovers of Baroque music (Biber,Heinichen,Charpentier, Bach family...) but Musica antiqua Köln stops ,due to the health problems of their leader, Reinhard Goebel.

From their website (only German..):

2006 Musica Antiqua Köln wird aufgelöst
Nach jahrzehntelanger Erfolgsgeschichte zieht sich Reinhard Goebel (54) aus gesundheitlichen Gründen von seiner Tätigkeit als Violinist zurück.

Die Erkrankung der linken Hand, die bereits 1991 seine Karriere als Konzertmeister von Musica Antiqua Köln vorübergehend unterbrochen hatte, zwingt ihn jetzt zur gänzlichen Aufgabe seiner Spieltätigkeit. Somit wird auch das von Reinhard Goebel 1973 gegründete und geleitete Ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln in seiner jetzigen Form zum Ende des Jahres 2006 aufgelöst.

Mr.Goebel has a problem with his left hand and is no longer capable of playing the violin. He will probably continue to conduct and has already worked with other orchestras.

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Post by Ralph » Thu May 18, 2006 7:42 pm

Now THAT is really bad news. :(
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Post by Corlyss_D » Thu May 18, 2006 8:31 pm

That's terrible news! I was talking with the only other EM fan we had on the old MSN forum about the Biber Rosary Sonatas and how extraordinary they were. She told me they were insanely difficult to play, because of the scordatura, and that Goeble had so injured his hand rehearsing and playing and recording them that he had to lay off playing the violin for over a year. Perhaps that injury culminated in this decision to end his playing career.

Edited to remove the erroneous hand attribution. Thanks for the correction, C.B.
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Post by C.B. » Fri May 19, 2006 9:37 am

It should be noted that Goebel is a left-handed violinist--that is, he bows with his left hand, rather than his right. I know this for a fact from seeing him perform live here in Detroit several years ago.

This explains why he isn't listed as an orchestra member--only conductor--on many of the later MAK recordings from the '90s. Evidently things had progressed to the point where he couldn't play anymore.

Makes me wonder if he has the same disease that forced Alex Klein to give up his position as principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony--focal dystonia. The pianist Leon Fleisher also suffers from this, but has made a comeback thanks to the radical application of botox technology.
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Post by hautbois » Fri May 19, 2006 1:38 pm

Ah Alex Klein :( one can only ponder how he phrases so beautifully in his recording of the unaccompanied pieces of Telemann. Anyone mind explaining the term scordatura to me? Thankyou!

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Post by Corlyss_D » Fri May 19, 2006 2:50 pm

hautbois wrote: Anyone mind explaining the term scordatura to me? Thankyou!
Any tuning of the violin other than its established tuning (God'-a'-e"). It was first used in early in the 16th Century and enjoyed vogue between 1600 and 1750. It also applies to 'mistuning' of lutes. It has advantages and disadvantages:

1. Extend range downward
2. Make certain passages easier or possible
3. Produce special effects or increase brilliance
4. Produce mixed sonorities

The tuning favored by Biber was b-e-g-b'.

- Paraphrased from Groves.

I'm guessing here but I think the initial problem would be in training the fingers to un-remember the conventional tuning fingerings. Where's Cheniston when you really need him?
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Post by Lance » Fri May 19, 2006 3:44 pm

Not good news at all. I've just heard about one of the celebrated pianists of decades past (still living, in his 80s), who can no longer play the piano. An artist I knew (and prepared pianos for), I have not yet found why he can no longer play. I'll keep you posted with the name and reason if I can secure additional correct information.
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