On November 16th, the first edition of the Early Music Ensemble Competition took place at UdK in Berlin. The competition was organized by UdK Berlin and Kulturfeste im Land Brandenburg. We are happy to announce that our ensemble, The Late Train, has won the first prize, earning us the opportunity to perform two concerts during the Kulturfeste im Land Brandenburg festival.
We presented a repertoire titled “Musica bizzarra”.
The concept behind our performance was inspired by the current era of change, unrest, and excitement. Through the language of music, we aimed to articulate our thoughts during these uncertain and tension-filled times. Alongside the dynamic pieces that echoed the energy of the present, our repertoire also featured serene compositions—musical expressions offering solace and inspiring hope for a brighter future.
Under the theme “Musica bizzarra,” we delved into the multifaceted meanings of the word “bizarre,” incorporating elements of strangeness, whimsy, capriciousness, and eccentricity into our musical exploration. Carefully curating a rich repertoire, we presented a diverse selection of unconventional works, spanning from the bass recorder to the viola, and embracing a range from early Baroque to early classical literature—from Merula to Bach. Our ensemble combined various instruments, compositions, eras, and interpretations, creating a performance that, at first glance, may have seemed disparate but ultimately aimed to evoke strong emotions, surprise, and move our audience.
The Late Train consists of:
- Semion Gurevich – violin, viola
- Julia Herzog – recorders
- Agnieszka Skorupa – harpsichord
- Anna Reisener – cello
We are very grateful for this recognition and look forward to the upcoming concerts, where we will share our music with a broader audience. Stay tuned!