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. During his time as Music Director of the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe (1999-2006), he conducted many of Handel’s operas. He will return to the festival in season 2017/18 for a new production of Alcina.


 

In France, he has worked in Nantes, Angers and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence where he conducted Don Giovanni and La finta giardiniera. This season he will conduct a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Opéra de Rouen. At the International Gluck Festival he led a production of Gluck’s Paride et Helena. With the Bayerische Theaterakademie he performed Mayr’s Adelasia e Alermano. He also conducted a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and Bach’s Johannes Passion directed by Pierre Audi at the Klarafestival in Brussels. In August 2016 he led Wagner’s Rheingold at the Kulturwald Festival.

Andreas Spering has collaborated with orchestras including Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Staatskapelle Weimar, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently he returned to WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Beethoven-Orchester Bonn and German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrucken. Furthermore he worked with Copenhagen Philharmonic and Philharmonie Zuidnederland. This season, Andreas Spering will undertake guest conducting engagements with the orchestras in Lahti and Nice. He will also make his debut with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.

Andreas Spering’s discography includes Handel’s Siroe (harmonia mundi) and Imeneo (cpo), Reichardt’s Erwin and Elmire (cpo) as well asHaydn’s Die Schöpfung (Naxos) and Applausus (Capriccio). The recording of early Haydn cantatas was recognised by the magazine “Le Monde de la Musique”. Haydn’s seldom performed oratorio Il ritorno de Tobia (Naxos) received the German Recording Award 2008. His most recent CD of Mozart Arias with the Kammerorchester Basel and Sabine Meyer was released by Sony to international acclaim. 

Season 2016/2017

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