La Chapelle Rhénane
Founded in 2001, La Chapelle Rhénane is a group of soloists who devote themselves to reinterpretations of the great vocal works, with the aim of revealing the emotion, humanity and modernity which will enable them to attract today's cosmopolitan audiences. The group takes advantage of its favourable location in Strasbourg to engage musicians from all over Europe. Directed by its founder, the tenor Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane took on Jean-François Felter as an associate in 2003 to bring it additional artistic and technical support and skills.
Five CDs were released on the K617 label: one devoted to Samuel Capricornus, three to Heinrich Schütz - the Symphoniæ Sacræ II (2004), the Uppsala Magnificat (2006), and the Resurrection History and Musikalische Exequien (2007) - and finally, in 2008, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri with the Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar (direction Arlette Steyer). These recordings won multiple awards. After an activity closely linked to the output of Schütz, the ensemble began tackling the music of Bach, notably by way of the St John Passion - culminating in this recording - and, in 2009, the St Matthew Passion, which will be followed by a production of the Christmas Oratorio in autumn 2010.
The group has appeared in the major French venues, such as the Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Arsenal in Metz, and at leading international festivals. La Chapelle Rhénane receives support from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - DRAC Alsace, the Alsace Region, and the City of Strasbourg. Other key partners have also given it their confidence, notably the Foundation Orange, the Foundation Royaumont - Centre de la Voix, and Les Gémeaux - Scène Nationale de Sceaux (direction Françoise Letellier).
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