German Brass Wind/Brass Ensemble Benelux and various countries

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 their 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.

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.

The extensive discography include award-winning recordings such as Brass Hommage, Brass Heralds (Bach, Händel, Telemann), Rhapsody (Gershwin, Bernstein), Celebrating Wagner, Best of 40 Years German Brass, Fantastic Moments, Brass Christmas, Christmas around the World, Bach on Brass for Berlin Classics among others. Sony Classical has released the album Trip to America in 2019. Further recordings with this label are in planning.

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.”
(Magazin Clarino)

Season 2020/21

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News

German Brass: trailer from "Trip to America" album

View Cole Porters "Too darn hot" of the latest album of German Brass:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ubvCYyW2e4

 

 

German Brass: New album TRIP TO AMERICA

Sony Classical releases the new album Trip to America by German Brass on 6 September featuring music by  Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, Barber and Porter.

New signing: German Brass in Benelux

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.

Press

  • Trip to America: CD of the week

    The new album Trip to America is “CD of the week” at rbb Kultur: the renowned brass ensemble German Brass has managed an "entertaining music tour through North America, sound technically brilliant at the highest level. The long-standing brass ensemble knows what expectations its audience has got and fulfilled these with this new album once again.”

    rbb Kulturradio, Judith Kochendörfer, 18.10.2019

     

     

     

     

     

  • Top class German Brass fascinates audience

    The brilliant performance was topped by the interpretations of Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue: in Bach the "original" organ sound was perfectly illusioned and the delicate polyphonic balance became transparent. The version of the Rhapsody with its typical Gershwin sound and all its dynamic and technical finesses almost let forget its origin. [...] The second part of the concert marked a musical ramble "around the world" featuring a potpourri of Porgy and Bess and Spanish and French music. Huge plaudits with three brilliant and jazzy encores which led into standing ovations.

    Neues Volksblatt Linz, Paul Stepanek, 21.09.2019

  • CD: Brass Hommage

    Whether harmonies, rhythmic sophistication or playing with unorthodox timbres: this album is a concentrated demonstration of the brass universe and all the compositional possibilities that open up here. The new double album demonstrates that even after dozens of CD productions, worldwide appearances worldwide and various awards this "national team" plays at a top level.

    BR-Klassik, Matthias Keller, 20.06.2018

  • CD: Brass Hommage

    Brass Hommage is een eerbetoon aan de onnavolgbare klank die German Brass beroemd heeft gemaakt. Het erkent het succes van een audio-visie: een kamermuziekensemble met tien koperblazers, een groep met het geluidspotentieel van een machtig orgel, een symfonieorkest of een bigband - een sonore visie die de Duitse koperblazers hebben bereikt met de muzikale elegantie die hun eigen is.[…] De speciale arrangementen van German Brass hebben hen tot uitvinders van een verfijnd klankidioom gemaakt dat hun handelsmerk zou worden. [...] Warm aanbevolen.

    Stretto Belgium, Michel Dutrieue, 05.08.2018

  • CD: Brass Heralds

    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

  • CD: Brass Heralds

    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

     

     

  • CD: Brass Heralds

    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

     

     

  • CD: Celebrating Wagner

    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

  • CD: Celebrating Wagner

    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

Programmes

Trip to AmericaGeorge Gershwin: Three Preludes
Leonard Bernstein: Suite from West Side Story
George Gershwin/ arr. A. Erbrich-Crawford: Suite from Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
and traditional North and South American music
Around The WorldHändel/ Matthias Höfs: Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks
J.S.Bach/ Enrique Crespo: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Rossini/ Matthias Höfs: La Danza - Tarantella Napoletana
Verdi/ Matthias Höfs: Triumphal March from Aida
Bernstein/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Somewhere and America from West Side Story
Gershwin/ Matthias Höfs: Rhapsody in Blue
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Gershwin/ F. Schönfeld: Gershwin Medley (Strike up the band - Summertime 's Wonderful)
Ennio Morricone/ Matthias Höfs: Gabriel's Oboe from the Motion Picture "THE MISSION"
Hoagy Carmichael/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Fly me to the moon
Chick Corea/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Spain
Cahn/Chaplin/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Bei mir bist du sheyn
Quincy Jones/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Soul Bossa Nova
Tchaikovsky/ L. Brown/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: The Swingin' Swan
New Year's Concert with German BrassMusic by J.S. Bach, Händel, Johann Strauss, George Gershwin & Around the World
Christmas sounds goldFestive works by J.S. Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Tchaikowsky etc. and Christmas Songs around the world
Classic & Around The WorldJohn Baston (1711-1733)/ Matthias Höfs: Concerto No. 2 D major (Allegro – Adagio - Allegro)
J.S. Bach/ Matthias Höfs: Air from Suite No. 3 D major BWV 1068
J.S. Bach/ Matthias Höfs: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Richard Wagner/ Matthias Höfs: Pilgrims´ Chorus from Tannhäuser
Johann Strauss, Jr. / A. Erbrich-Crawford: Thunder and Lightning (fast polka) op. 324
Klaus Badelt/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Pirates Of The Carribean (Medley)
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Harry James/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
Chuck Mangione/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Children of Sanchez
Trad. (France)/ A. Erbrich-Crawford; Chanson et CanCan
Cole Porter/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Anything goes
Trad. (Costa Rica)/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Aquinaldo
Trad. (Russia)/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Russia at day and night (Russian folk medley)
Edward Grieg/ B.Brown/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Hall of the Swinging King
Bach-Händel-BachJ.S. Bach: Konzert D-dur über Vivaldi, BWV 972
J.S. Bach/Matthias Höfs: Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147
J.S. Bach/Enrique Crespo: Präludium und Fuge cis-Moll, BWV 849
J.S. Bach/Peter Lawrence: Air aus Orchestersuite D-Dur BWV 1068
J.S. Bach/Matthias Höfs: Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29
J.S. Bach/Matthias Höfs: Kantate Ratswahl 1731
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Händel/Matthias Höfs: Lift up your heads aus The Messiah
J.S. Bach/Enrique Crespo: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
J.S. Bach/Matthias Höfs: Esurientes aus Magnificat, BWV 243
J.S. Bach/Matthias Höfs: Wie will ich mich freuen, BWV 146
J.S. Bach/Enrique Crespo: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
J.S. Bach/Matthias Höfs: Toccata and Fuge D minor, BWV 565

Discography

Trip to America

Music by Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, Barber and Porter

Sony Classical (2019)

Brass Hommage

From "Also sprach Zarathustra" to "Besame mucho"

Berlin Classics (2018)

Brass Heralds J.S. Bach, Händel, Telemann

Berlin Classics (2017)
Bach on Brass Berlin Classics (2016)

Brass Christmas

Berlin Classics (2016)

Rhapsody

Rossini, Caccini, Smetana, Johann Strauß, Bernstein, Vivanco, Mangione and songs as Fly me to the Moon and Wild Cat Blues

Berlin Classics (2017)

Christmas around the World German Brass & Windsbacher Knabenchor

Berlin Classics (2014)
Celebrating Wagner Berlin Classics (2013)