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 European early music specialists. His artistic outlook was decisively influenced by Gerd Zacher, under whom he studied in Essen, as well as by Reinhard Goebel and his renowned ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, of which Spering was a member as harpsichordist from 1990 to 1994.

In 1996, Spering was appointed Artistic Director of the Brühl Palace Concerts near Bonn. With the orchestra Capella Augustina, of which he is founder, he has been focusing that concert series on the works of Haydn since 2002, thereby establishing the first and only festival dedicated to Haydn in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Andreas Spering is much in demand on the international opera scene. He has conducted the great Mozart operas and a number of works by Handel, along with Beethoven’s Fidelio and Weber’s Freischütz, in Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Nantes, Rouen, Strasbourg, Hanover, Essen, Nuremberg and Seville, and also at the Handel Festivals of Halle and Karlsruhe on several occasions. Spering has guested at Aix-en-Provence Festival conducting the Mozart operas Don Giovanni and La finta giardiniera, and at the Bavarian Forest Cultural Festival with Wagner’s Das Rheingold.


Spering is regularly invited to conduct orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the New Japan Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, and the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Hannover, Leipzig, Saarbrücken, and Munich. Most recently he was re-invited to conduct the WDR Funkhausorchester (Cologne) as well as the Dresdner Philharmonie. His forthcoming agenda includes his début in Nice conducting Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony, two guest appearances with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, a performance of Handel’s opera Alcina on the occasion of the Karlsruhe Handel Festival’s 40th anniversary, and the reprise of the widely acclaimed Amsterdam production of Pierre Audi’s And you must suffer.

Andreas Spering has made recordings of the Handel operas Siroe (harmonia mundi) and Imeneo (cpo), Johann Friedrich Reichardt’s opera Erwin und Elmire (cpo), and Haydn’s The Creation (Naxos) and Applausus (capriccio). His recording of the early cantatas of Joseph Haydn (harmonia mundi) received several accolades, including the “Choc du Monde de la Musique”. Spering’s recording of the Haydn oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia (Naxos) received the German Record Critics’ Annual Award. His most recent CD featuring works of Mozart with clarinettist Sabine Meyer and the Basel Chamber Orchestra (Sony) has now been released to wide critical acclaim.

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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