In the short time since the group was formed NeoBarock has earned a reputation as an excellent interpreter of exceptional programs with its fascinating renditions that combine passion, perfection and virtuosity. It now ranks as one of the leading formations of its kind. Its intriguing ensemble playing, its breathtaking enthusiasm and homogenous sound make its performances unique and incomparable.
NeoBarock’s name is a synonym for the ensemble’s artistic ambition to mediate between the music of the past and today’s listening modes. NeoBarock presents early music as a new experience of a score that may have been just written. Its careful study of the sources and use of historic instruments is not an end in itself, but rather a means to creating a historically authentic as well as an immediate and emotionally moving musical experience.
With its select and stringently composed concert programs NeoBarock is a feted guest in European concert halls and at numerous renowned festivals. Radio productions and concert recordings are frequently broadcast on national and international radio. In well-received CD recordings for the label ambitus, NeoBarock has repeatedly devoted itself to Johann Sebastian Bach and his sphere and has “demonstrated itself to be a stylistically competent champion of this repertoire” (Fono Forum). The latest CD of NeoBarock was honoured with the prestigious “ECHO Klassik Prize” in the category “chamber music recording of the year 2014”
"I came upon this group by chance, while browsing the program of concerts to be given as part of the 2013 Fasch-Festtage. I was delighted to see that they plan a recital of trio sonatas by Fasch and his "dearest friend", Stölzel. So, imagine my delight, when I discover from their website that there was actually a whole CD of Stölzel chamber music available from NeoBarock already. …
"NeoBarock plays with expressive passion, with vitality, with lifeblood, with sensuousness and a playing style that makes you eager for more. …artistic mastery that is undoubtedly part of a divine order."
Finest precision work
"On Friday the "fantastic four“- acclaimed as whizkids regarding "modern" early music - gave a concert on the monastery Dalheim."
If you've had it with serious Bach, Handel and Mozart, the Cologne-based early music cooperative called NeoBarock offer a tempting line-up of remedies including Bach not by Bach and divertissements by Handel and Mozart. The Six Trio Sonatas by one-time Bach student Johann Philipp Kirnberger (1721-1783) is the real discovery. More than an hour of unalloyed instrumental joy in the twilight post-Bach tradition that was soon to be eclipsed by the early classical stylists. NeoBarock's newest release is devoted to another, although less forgotten composer, Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, whose music is darker, richer, slightly more somber.
NeoBarock in the „Alte Oper“ in Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
"NeoBarock at the international Beethoven Fest Bonn
NeoBarock played powerfully, cheekily, dived in ecstatic sonority and bewitched by their ethereal sound."
"NeoBarock wins you over with the first note they play.
"NeoBarock is regarded as a star in the early Music scene, a highly qualified Ensemble of the first order."
"...Unforgettable listening experience."
About the CD "Johann Sebastian Bach - Chamber music from his own and other's pen"
Respect for the heritage
About the CD "W. A. Mozart - An encounter with Handel and Bach"
"… organic, lively, and fresh as the morning dew."
"The relaxed precision which characterized the harmonious ensemble playing was exceedingly impressive."
"...knowledgeable in style and fantastic."
"NeoBarock played at a concert of the summer series organized by “Audi” and “Bayerischer Rundfunk”.
They interpret as distinctive individualist in the solo pieces. Together they form a strong group that should not be forgotten."
The internationally renowned ensemble NeoBarock performed at “Reihe0” in Bizau (Austria).
"First-class: NeoBarock filled with enthusiasm about its high concentrated performance."
"The young middle European group NeoBarock played with freshness, with transparency, in a style ‘vivo, ma non precipitato’ [‘vivid but not precipitated’] as it was indicated in one of the movements of the Concertino a quatro which was played between the vocal parts."
"Baroque Music, freed from the dust of the antiquated and extremely exciting."
"… they played with perfect technique. The Ensemble NeoBarock staged the series of variations easily with a certain feeling for the effect: Frenetic applause was sure."
"… full of verve and dynamics played NeoBarock in solo parts of Goldberg and Vivaldi."
"Like a storm ran the fingers above the strings and keys. But already the final-movement of the Handel marked the sensitivity and nobility in the playing of “NeoBarock”.
"NeoBarock offered a Vivaldi with a masterly aplomb. You became intoxicated with the drug abundance as in the Sonata “La Follia“."
"…NeoBarock is one of the most innovative groups. And the most charming one.