The Freiburger Barockorchester (FBO) is one of today's leading ensemble for historic performing practice. It has had a significant presence on the international music scene for more than 30 years, and continues to set musical standards with its concerts and recordings.
The FBO was founded in 1987 by former students of the Freiburg College of Music, most of them from the violin class of Rainer Kussmaul, who later became leader of the Berlin Philharmonic. The new ensemble soon became one of the most sought-after ensembles playing on historic instruments, and made an international reputation for itself. The FBO makes regular guest appearances at major international concert venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Wigmore Hall London, New York's Lincoln Center, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Philharmonie de Paris. Concert tours take the orchestra all over the world, from South America to Australia. At the same time the FBO has its own subscription series in Freiburg, Stuttgart and Berlin, and is a regular guest at major music festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Tanglewood Festival in the USA and the Innsbruck Early Music Festival.
The orchestra's core repertoire consists of works from the Baroque and Classical periods, but it also performs works by Romantic composers, particularly music by Mendelssohn and Schumann. Following the principles of historic performing practice, the FBO plays without a conductor for the most part. But for selected projects such as opera performances or orchestral works calling for a large ensemble, it works together with well-known conductors like Pablo Heras-Casado, Sir Simon Rattle or Teodor Currentzis. The FBO has an especially intense musical friendship with René Jacobs, with whom it cooperates in particular on performances of Mozart operas or Baroque and classical oratorios.
The orchestra's artistic directors are Gottfried von der Goltz (violin) and Kristian Bezuidenhout (pianoforte), who took over this position from Petra Müllejans in 2017. Both artists also appear assoloists. In addition, the FBO works together with a wide variety of well-known instrumentalists and vocal soloists, among them Isabelle Faust, Philippe Jaroussky, Christian Gerhaher, Alexander Melnikov, Andreas Staier and Jean-Guihen Queyras.
The FBO's exceptional musical diversity is documented on numerous recordings, which have been awarded many prizes, including several Echo Klassik awards, Grammy nominations and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
Piano Concertos Nos. 6 & 25
The Keyboard Concertos Wq 43, 1-6
Cantatas for solo alto BWV 35, 169, 170
Cantatas for solo bass BWV 56 & 82. Concerto BWV 1055R
Cantatas for solo soprano BWV 152, 199, 202
Violin Concertos BWV 1041-1043
Piano concertos Nos. 1 & 3
Piano Concertos nos 2 & 5 "Emperor"
Piano concerto No.4. Overtures: Coriolan, The Creatures of Prometheus
Missa solemnis Op.123
Symphony No. 7. Ballet 'Les Créatures de Prométhée"
Symphony No. 9 "choral". Choral Fantasy op.80
Triple Concerto op.56. Piano Trio after Symphony No.2
Orfeo ed Euridice, opera seria (Vienna, 1762)
Concerti a due cori
Giustino, opera (London, 1737)
Messiah, oratorio (London, 1750 version)
"Ombra Cara". Arias from Agrippina, Amadigi, Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Riccardo Primo…
Violin Concerto No.1. Symphonies Nos. 49 & 80
Concertos pour violoncelle N°1 & 2. Avec Matthias Monn, Concerto pour violoncelle
The Creation, oratorio (Vienna, 1799)
Symphonies Nos. 91 & 92 Oxford, Scena di Berenice
The Seasons, oratorio (Vienna, 1801)
Concerti grossi op.1 Nos. 2, 4, 7-10
Le Louvre des musiciens: a musical history of the Palace of the Kings of France
Piano Concerto No. 2 op.40. Symphony No.1 op.11
Violin Concerto. The Hebrides. Symphony No.5 "Reformation"
Double Concerto for piano & violin in D minor Piano Concerto in A minor
La clemenza di Tito, opera seria (Vienna 1791)
Piano Concertos No.9 "Jeunehomme"& No. 18
Piano Concertos Nos. 11, 12 & 13
Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 22
The Last Concertos : for piano (no.27) / for clarinet
Wind Concertos: for bassoon, for French horn Nos. 1 & 4 / for oboe
Divertimenti K136-38. Serenata notturna
Don Giovanni, opera (Vienna 1787)
La finta giardiniera, opera (Munich 1775). "Náměšť" version 1796
Idomeneo, re di Creta. Opera (Munich 1781)
Requiem K 626. Completion Süssmayr Dutron, 2016
Symphonies Nos.38 'Prague' & No.41 'Jupiter'
Sinfonia concertante for winds. Concerto for flute & harp. Symphony No.31 "Paris"
Violin Concerto. Piano Trio No.3
Cello Concerto. Piano Trio No.1
Piano Concerto. . Piano Trio No.2
"Tafelmusik". Table Music complete suites
Updated February 2021