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Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn (Chamber Orchestra)

Founded: 1960 - Heilbronn, Germany

The Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn (Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn) (= WKOH) was founded in 1960 by Professor Jörg Faerber and developed under his auspice in approximately 40 seasons to an ensemble highly requested all over the world. At the end of deason 2001/2002, Jörg Faerber, aged 73 years, handed over his position as principal conductor and a managing director to Ruben Gazarian, winner of the 1st International conductor competition Sir Georg Solti. Some critics call him the “young Bernstein” because of his precision and intensity as well as his directing style. It is also due to his engagement with the orchestra that the WKOH is considered one of the best ensembles of its kind in Europe and non-European countries. Gazarian has enhanced the standard repertoire of a chamber orchestra by occasional expansion of the orchestra to sinfony orchestra strength and by the choice of unknown pieces from the Romantic and Modern period and Avantgarde.

Apart from the subscription concerts in Heilbronn, the WKOH has numerous appearances in Germany and abroad each year (Europe, Japan, the USA), in particular also at music festivals: Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Musiksommer, Carinthischer Sommer, Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, Flandern-Festival, Schleswig-Holstein-Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Rheingau-Festival, Weilburger Schlossfestspiele, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Swansea-Festival, Aldeburgh-Festival, Hiroshima-Festival a.o..

Over the decades, the WKOH has worked with artists like Martha Argerich, Maurice André, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder, Julia Fischer, Justus Frantz, James Galway, Viviane Hagner, Hilary Hahn, Heinz Holliger, Sharon Kam, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Edith Mathis, Sabine Meyer, Wolfgang Meyer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Viktoria Mullova, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Sergei Nakariakov, Christiane Oelze, Gerhard Oppitz, Michala Petri, Maria-João Pires, Cheryl Studer, Thomas Quasthoff, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Serge Zimmermann as well as Tabea Zimmermann.

The discography contains persently more than 500 pieces. Live recordings of concerts and TV broadcasts give proof of the orchestra’s quality. The multi-awarded documentation on Martha Argerich “Conversation nocturne” by Georges Gachot shows the Württembergische Kammerorchester during rehearsals for Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in a minor.

In May 2004 the WKOH offers a varied programme (concerts of W.A. Mozart, F. Danzi and J. Haydn) together with Stefan Schilli, Wolfgang Meyer, Marco Postinghel and Christian Lampert in several German cities. Also in May, the orchestra is twice guest at the international Bodenseefestival, on May 15, 2004 in Bad Wurzach and on May 19, 2004 in Pfullendorf.

In co-operation with the National University for Music Karlsruhe, several performances of Felix Mendelssohn’s A Summernight’s Dream will take place in June 2004. Towards the end of this season (2003-2004), appearances with the Weilburger Schlosskonzerte (a.o. with the pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and Gewandthaus-Quartett Leipzig), the Hohenloher Musiksommer, the Klosterfestspielen Maulbronn and engagements as "Orchestra in residence" at the Homburger Schlosskonzerte are scheduled.

Members of Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn:

Violin: Georg Egger [Concert-master]
Violoncello: Stafan Trauer
Double-bass: Claus Zimmermann
Oboes: Fabian Menzel, Hedda Rothweiler
Oboe da caccia: Dietmar Keller
Bassoon: Christoph Carl
Trumpets: Bernhard Läubin, Hannes Läubin, Wolfgang Läubin
Timpani: Norbert Schmitt
Harpsichord: Hans-Joachim Erhard

Source: Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn Website, translated and adapted by Thomas Manhart (April 2004)
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Thomas Manhart (April 2004)

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Recordings of Vocal Works:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | General Discussions | BWV 244 - F. Werner
Table of recordings by BWV Number

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Helmuth Rilling


BWV 9, BWV 11, BWV 14, BWV 29, BWV 30, BWV 50, BWV 51, BWV 80 (x2), BWV 84, BWV 91, BWV 100, BWV 117, BWV 140, BWV 145, BWV 169, BWV 171, BWV 174, BWV 188, BWV 195, BWV 197, BWV 198, BWV 200

Recordings of Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach’s Works




Jörg Faerber


B. Krol: Magnificat Variations, for trumpet & string orchestra, Op. 40 [w/ trumpeter Maurice André]

Links to other Sites

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn (Official Website) [German]


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