Andreas Spering
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„Alte-Musik-Prachtkerl Andreas Spering [...]"

Süddeutsche Zeitung
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Biography

Andreas Spering is one of the leading specialists in historically informed performances. He was strongly influenced by his studies with Gerd Zacher in Essen and his position as harpsichordist with Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel (1990-1994).

Since 1996, Andreas Spering has been Artistic Director of the Brühl Castle Concerts Festival and the Capella Augustina, which he founded. Since 2002, this festival has focused on the works of Joseph Haydn, and Andreas Spering has thus established the first and only annual Haydn festival in Germany.

As an opera conductor, Andreas Spering regularly conducts at many well-known houses such as Gothenberg, Gent, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Sevilla, Hannover and Essen, where he conducted productions such as The Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Fidelio, Der Freischütz, Rinaldo and Almira. With the Bayerische Theaterakademie at the Prinzregententheater in Munich he led a new production of Mayr’s Adelasia e Alermano. In France, he has worked at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence where he conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2010 and was immediately re-invited for performances of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera two years later. During his time as Music Director of the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, he conducted many of Handel’s operas. This season, Andreas Spering will conduct a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Operahouse in Copenhagen.


 

Andreas Spering has collaborated with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Orchestra Sinfónica de Euskadi, Philharmonie Zuidnederland , Musikkollegium Winterthur, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In Germany, he has worked with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Weimar, Beethovenorchester Bonn and the radio orchestras of Hannover, Leipzig and Munich. This season, Andreas Spering will return to the radio orchestra Cologne, Dresdner Philharmonie, the Beethovenorchester Bonn and will give his debut with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Known for his thoughtful choice of repertoire, Andreas Spering discography includes Handel’s Siroe and Imeneo and the first ever recording of Reichardt’s Erwin and Elmire. In 2005, the recording of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung performed on period instruments (Naxos) received international critical acclaim. The recording of early Haydn cantatas was awarded by the magazine “Le Monde de la Musique.”, Haydn’s seldom performed oratorio Il ritorno de Tobia (Naxos) received the German Recording Award 2008. Both Brahms serenades (cpo) were released in 2008, Haydn’s Applausus was released in 2010. Last season, a recording of Mozart Arias with the Kammerorchester Basel and Sabine Meyer was released by Sony and gained international acclaim.

Season 2015/2016

 

Quotes

“Wie überhaupt die musikalische Interpretation durch Andreas Spering, der sich als Alte-Musik-Experte einen Namen gemacht hat, den Dingen auf den Grund geht. Die Balance zwischen Orchestergraben und Bühne ist perfekt, der Klang transparent und sprechend. Vor allem aber lässt Spering Mozarts Musik atmen und die Streicher auch mal fahl und dunkel werden. Mit dem ungemein wachen Orchester aus Mulhouse erarbeitet er eine Differenzierungskunst, die die Figuren näher bringt.”

Georg Rudiger, Badische Zeitung, 14.02.2015

“Die Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg unter dem Alte-Musik-Spezialisten Andreas Spering konnte schon in der prachtvollen Ouvertüre zeigen, dass ihr Gluck liegt. Es war ein Vergnügen, sich von dem feinsinnigen, stilistisch ausgereiften Spiel des Orchesters verzaubern zu lassen. […] Spering gelang ein wunderbar pulsierendes, intensives Dirigat, das auch den Konzertchor Nürnberg Fürth zu engagierter Mitwirkung anspornte.”

J.Gahre, Das Opernglas, 09/2014

“Die Gluck-Opernfestspiele sind zu Gast im Nürnberger Opernhaus [und] borgen sich von diesem das unter dem Alte-Musik-Prachtkerl Andreas Spering fabelhaft aufspielende, nun zum Präklassik-Spezial-Ensemble gewordene, Opernorchester [...].”

Egbert Tholl, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 28.07.2014

“Das Kammerorchester Basel unter Andreas Spering bietet der Solistin [Sabine Meyer] dabei eine sonore Ummantelung. Warmherzig, von Leichtigkeit und Frohsinn inspiriert wird gemeinsam musiziert.”

BR.DE Nachrichten, 06.01.2014

“Der Wechsel zwischen Witz und Melancholie packt Händel schon wie geschmiert. Den Hamburgern hat das damals schon gut gefallen und beim händelkundigen Hallenser Publikum von heute funktioniert es immer noch hervorragend. Was natürlich auch am hauseigenen Händelfestspielorchester liegt, das (nach langer Zeit mal wieder) unter der kundigen Leitung von Andreas Spering mit Präzision und Sinnlichkeit die Musik auch da leuchten lässt, wo sie auf norddeutsch getrimmt ist.”

Joachim Lange, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, 24.06.2013

“The Filharmonia, with a magnificent conductor in charge, gave a beautiful concert. […] The orchestra […] was excellent and very well conducted by Spering, who takes care remarkably of even the smallest details of phrasing and of dynamic regulation, conducts with accuracy and amazing brightness.”

Julio Andrade Malde, La Opinión de Coruña, 23.06.2013

“[…] The real highlight is Andreas Spering’s stylish conducting, and the sprightly playing he draws from Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.”

Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times, 11.07.2012

“[…] the music—with Andreas Spering conducting the Cercle de l’Harmonie orchestra from his own clavichord—wafts beautifully on the soft summer night, and the exceptionally good young singers give it their all.”

Judy Fayard, France Today, 09.07.2012

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Discography

Haydn: ApplaususAndreas Spering with the Capella Augustina and the Cantata, Hob XXIVa:6 by Joseph HaydnApr. 2010, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Brahms: SerenadesAndreas Spering conducts the Serenades No. 1 & 2 by BrahmsJan. 2008, cpo, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Haydn: Il ritorno di TobiaAndreas Spering with the Capella Augustina and Haydns Il ritorno di TobiaOct. 2007, Naxos, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Haydn: The CreationAndreas Spering with Max Ciolek and the Vocal Ensemble KölnMar. 2005, Naxos, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Händel: ImeneoAndreas Spering conducts Georg Friedrich Händels ImeneoOct. 2004, cpo, CD, Available on: Amazon