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    Enjoy the music

    Michael Schneider's La Stagione

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    A boundless creativity

    La Stagione – The Sound Gourmets

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    Barock – Klassik – Neue Musik

    Michael Schneiders La Stagione

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    Enjoy the Ensemble

    Michael Schneider's La Stagione

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    An uninhibited, contagious delight

    Michael Schneider's La Stagione

FROM EARLY BAROQUE TO CLASSICALTHE TIMELESS VITALITY OF EARLY MUSIC

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THE WELLKNOWN, FRESH

Permanent fixtures in the repertoire of La Stagione are the works of well known composers between the early baroque and classical period, such as Monteverdi, Telemann, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and W.A. Mozart. Exploring this core of beloved works and presenting them in a new, invigorating musical language is a cause very dear to Michael Schneider.

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UNDISCOVERED, NEW

Michael Schneider has devoted himself to unearthing forgotten masterworks. Through the motto 'bringing the undiscovered to your ears' he shares his new discoveries with the audience. The works of less well-known composers such as I. Holzbauer, J. A. Hasse, F. I. Beck, F. und G. Benda, the sons of Bach, A. Stradella, F. Geminiani und A. Scarlatti have been brought in this manner to stage and CD.

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NEW, PREMIERED

Projects with music of the 20th century, such as performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Tierkreis at the Kasseler Musiktage and the Tage Alter Musik in Herne, extend the spectrum of the orchestra. The performance of Stockhausen's Tierkreis in Michael Schneider's setting for baroque ensemble at the Kasseler Musiktage was a world premiere. As ensemble director, it is Michael Schneider's aim to 'draw the bow for the composer's arrow' - independant of the era.

''A successful recording can be compared to a perfect menu: The result of much hard work.''

Michael Schneider founded the ensemble La Stagione in 1988. Unifying factors for director and ensemble members alike are the relentless search for perfection, a curiosity and enthusiasm in music making, as well as the pleasure of being able to delve into and draw from a rich wealth of experience. After concerts and rehearsals the ensemble likes nothing better than to be spoiled by excellent maitres de cuisine, or to prepare an elaborate menu together.

Michael Schneider sees many similarities between cooking and making music: ''Both depend on having the right ingredients, enough patience and perfect timing. A satisfying concert or a successful CD recording are like the perfect menu: the result of much hard work.''

HOW CAN YOU RECOGNISE A SATISFYING CONCERT EVENING?WHEN THE AUDIENCE AND THE MUSICIANS HAVE BREATHED THE SAME ENERGY.