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 releases the new album Trip to America (Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland, Barber etc.) in Autumn 2019.
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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Sony Classical releases the new album Trip to America by German Brass on 6 September featuring music by Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, Barber and Porter.
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 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
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
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
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
G.F. Händel (1685 - 1795)/ Matthias Höfs: Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks
J. S.Bach (1685 - 1750)/ Enrique Crespo: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, choral cantata, BWV 645
Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)/ Matthias Höfs: La Danza - Tarantella Napoletana
Giuseppe Verdi/ Matthias Höfs: Triumphal March from Aida
Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)/ A. Erbrich-Crawford: Somewhere and America from West Side Story
George Gershwin (1898-1937)/ Matthias Höfs: Rhapsody in Blue
George 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
J.S. Bach (1685-1750):
Concerto D Major upon Vivaldi, BWV 972/ Matthias Höfs:
Allegro - Larghetto - Allegro
Jesus bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147/ Enrique Crespo
Praeludium and Fugue (C sharp minor), BWV 849/ Peter Lawrence
Air from Orchestra suite No. 3 D major BWV 1068/ Matthias Höfs
Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29/ Matthias Höfs
(cantata Ratswahl 1731)
G.F. Händel (1685-1759): Lift up your heads from The Messiah/ Matthias Höfs
Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639/ Enrique Crespo
(Choral prelude from "Orgelbüchlein")
Esurientes from Magnificat, BWV 243/ Matthias Höfs
Wie will ich mich freuen, BWV 146/ Matthias Höfs
(Kantate "Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal")
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 / Enrique Crespo
Toccata and Fugue D minor, BWV 565/ Matthias Höfs
John Baston (1711 - 1733)/ Matthias Höfs: Concerto No.2 D major (Allegro – Adagio - Allegro)
J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)/ Matthias Höfs: Air from Suite No.3 D major BWV 1068
J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) / Matthias Höfs: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883) / Matthias Höfs: Pilgrims´ Chorus from Tannhäuser
Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825 - 1899) / A. Erbrich-Crawford: Thunder and Lightning (fast polka) op.324
Klaus Badelt (*1967) / A. Erbrich-Crawford: Pirates Of The Carribean (Medley)
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
Music by Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, Barber and Porter
Sony Classical (2019)
From "Also sprach Zarathustra" to "Besame mucho"
Berlin Classics (2018)
Berlin Classics (2016)
Rossini, Caccini, Smetana, Johann Strauß, Bernstein, Vivanco, Mangione and songs as Fly me to the Moon and Wild Cat Blues
Berlin Classics (2017)