Matthias Höfs, trumpet
Christoph Baerwind, trumpet
Uwe Köller, trumpet
Werner Heckmann, trumpet
Wolfgang Gaag, horn
Klaus Wallendorf, horn
Fritz Winter, trombone
Michael Bigelmaier, trombone
Uwe Füssel, trombone
Stefan Ambrosius, tuba
Herbert Wachter, percussion
German Brass has written brass ensemble history in Germany for fourty years. With their virtuosity, brilliant musicality and rare stage presence the eleven top soloists of leading German symphony orchestras have decisively influenced the brass culture. In 2016 German Brass hit the classical music charts with its album Bach on Brass and won the most important German music award, ECHO Klassik, in the category “Ensemble /Orchestra”.
With their huge repertoire from early to contemporary music and an exciting mixture of classical compositions, jazz and soundtracks, the ensemble crosses musical boundaries informally and switches between the different musical styles with amazing ease. The programmes of the ensemble include arrangements of classical works as well as transcriptions by First trumpeter Matthias Höfs which pay tribute to the unique sound of German Brass and which have long become hits of the brass repertoire. Barely less legendary are the inimitable moderations of horn player Klaus Wallendorf.
In addition to their large number of concert appearances in Germany, German Brass is touring regularly in China, South Korea, Japan, USA and Europe to great acclaim.
Since 2014 German Brass records exclusively for Berlin Classics. Apart from the award-winning CD Bach on Brass the discography of the group includes numerous albums such as Brass Heralds (Bach, Händel, Telemann), Rhapsody (Gershwin, Bernstein), Celebrating Wagner, Best of 40 Years German Brass, Fantastic Moments, Brass Christmas, Christmas around the World among others.
Founded in 1974 as Deutsches Blechbläserquintett, the ensemble extended their formation into eleven musicians in 1984. German Brass is playing chamber music at the highest level and at the same time, “the eleven brass players sound like a full orchestra - colorful, diverse and highly convincing.”
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We are pleased to announce to have taken on the management for German Brass in Benelux. With their virtuosity, brilliant musicality and rare stage presence the eleven top soloists of leading German symphony orchestras have decisively influenced the brass culture.
The musicians of German Brass also create on their latest album a balance between brilliant sounds and an almost intimate and filigree density of setting (…) The semiquavers, which are flowing through the individual instrumental groups are as precise and perfect despite of the tempo as if they came from just one single instrument only.
www.klassik.com, Moritz Vollmer, 20.12.2017
German Brass presents itself in a Bach-Händel-Telemann programme in the great freestyle. The ten virtuoso brass players are masters in the musical presentation and give the festive programme a particularly glamorous character.
Pizzicato Luxembourg, Remy Franck, 19.11.2017
Many can play loud. But the intimate density of setting as for example in the transcription of Bach's Siciliano has only to offer an ensemble such as German Brass (…)The new album masters the ambition that classical music connoisseurs should not miss the original for a single moment despite its transcription - with bravura and an evident ease.
BR Klassik, Matthias Keller, 19.10.2017
Astonishing, even incredible things can be found here: The trumpets are deceptively similar to the endless trill figure of the woodwinds in the Valkyrie ride or the whirring of the strings in the Spinnerlied from the Flying Dutchman - such virtuoso numbers were unthinkable even for Wagner.
Berliner Zeitung 18.05.2013
In exciting arrangements by Matthias Höfs, which are both familiar and somehow different, the ten brass instruments create a pure goosebump feeling. And at the very latest when listening to the second piece, the "pilgrim's choir" from the third act of Tannhäuser, you have to lie everything aside and get completely absorbed in the music. Our recommendation: definitely to listen!
Clarino, May 2013
John Baston (1711 - 1733) arr. Matthias Höfs: Concerto No.2 D major (Allegro – Adagio - Allegro)
J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) arr. M. Höfs: Air from Suite No.3 D major BWV 1068
J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) arr. M. Höfs: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883) arr. M. Höfs: Pilgrims´ Chorus from Tannhäuser
Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825 - 1899) arr. Alexander Erbrich-Crawford: Thunder and Lightning (fast polka) op.324
Klaus Badelt (*1967) arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Pirates Of The Carribean (Medley)
GERMAN BRASS - Around The World
Harry James arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
Chuck Mangione arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Children of Sanchez
Trad. (France) arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford; Chanson et CanCan
Cole Porter arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Anything goes
Trad. (Costa Rica) arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Aquinaldo
Trad. (Russia) arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Russia at day and night (Russian folk medley)
Edward Grieg / B.Brown arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Hall of the Swinging King
G.F. Händel (1685 - 1795) arr. Matthias Höfs: Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks
J. S.Bach (1685 - 1750) arr. Enrique Crespo: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, choral cantata, BWV 645
Gioacchino Rossini ( 1792 - 1868) arr. M. Höfs: La Danza - Tarantella Napoletana
Giuseppe Verdi arr. M. Höfs: Triumphal March from Aida
Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990) arr. Alexander Erbrich-Crawford: Somewhere and America from West Side Story
George Gershwin (1898-1937) arr. M. Höfs: Rhapsody in Blue
GERMAN BRASS - Around The World
George Gershwin arr. F. Schönfeld: Gershwin Medley (Strike up the band - Summertime 's Wonderful)
Ennio Morricone arr. M. Höfs: Gabriel's Oboe from the Motion Picture "THE MISSION"
Hoagy Carmichael arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Fly me to the moon
Chick Corea arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Spain
Cahn/Chaplin arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Bei mir bist du sheyn
Quincy Jones arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Soul Bossa Nova
Tchaikovsky/L.Brown arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: The Swingin' Swan
J.S. Bach (1685-1750):
Concerto D Major upon Vivaldi, BWV 972 (arr. Matthias Höfs):
Allegro - Larghetto - Allegro
Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147 (arr. Enrique Crespo)
Praeludium and Fugue (C sharp minor), BWV 849 (arr. Peter Lawrence)
Air from Orchestra suite No. 3 D major BWV 1068 (arr. M. Höfs)
Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29 (arr. M. Höfs)
(cantata Ratswahl 1731)
G.F. Händel (1685-1759): Lift up your heads from The Messiah (arr. M. Höfs)
Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. E. Crespo)
(Choral prelude from "Orgelbüchlein")
Esurientes from Magnificat, BWV 243 (arr. M. Höfs)
Wie will ich mich freuen, BWV 146 (arr. M. Höfs)
(Kantate "Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal")
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (arr. E. Crespo)
Toccata and Fugue D minor, BWV 565 (arr. M. Höfs)
Berlin Classics (2016)