The "ensemble frauenkirche"

The Frauenkirche Ensemble sees itself as the musical accompaniment to the Frauenkirche choirs and as a musical ensemble in its own right. The Ensemble is characterised by its rendering of living music performed in the spirit of a historic music-making tradition adapted to modern instruments. When taking part in the manifold concert events, the Ensemble has at its disposal a core group of musicians from Dresden’s two top orchestras – the Sächsische Staatskapelle and the Dresdner Philharmonie.

The core of the ensemble is made up of a simple string section plus wind instruments, which can be built on as needed. Its performances include concerts and Sacred Sunday Music in the Frauenkirche and cantatas sung as part of Sunday church services. The Ensemble also makes guest appearances. 

Recordings

A number of different radio and television broadcasts and CD recordings document the activities of the Frauenkirche Ensemble. Two recordings are currently available; in the 2015 Jubilee Year there accrued a further live recording of a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor in the Frauenkirche. For 2017 a live recording of the St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach is planned by Berlin Classics.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Messe in h-Moll

Miriam Meyer, Britta Schwarz, Markus Brutscher, Klaus Mertens
Chamber Choir of the der Frauenkirche | ensemble frauenkirche
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Berlin-Classics, 2015
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Jana Büchner, Britta Schwarz, Markus Brutscher, Gotthold Schwarz
Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche | ensemble frauenkirche
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Berlin Classics, 2012
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Music by Bach: "Vom Himmel hoch"

Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche Dresden | ensemble frauenkirche
Conductor: Matthias Grünert. Carus, 2008
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Instrumentation

The Frauenkirche Ensemble is made up of the following musicians:

violin I Jörg Fassmann | violin II Matthias Meißner | viola Michael Horwath
cello Jörg Hassenrück | contrabass Tobias Glöckler
oboe I Johannes Pfeiffer | oboe II Michael Goldammer
bassoon Joachim Huschke 
organ and cembalo Matthias Grünert