{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna

 

„(…) the biggest discovery of recent years!” (Adam Rozlach, Polish Radio).

 

The {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna was founded in 2012 in the city of Katowice by a group of passionate enthusiasts of early music focused around the concertmaster, Martyna Pastuszka, and the manager, Artur Malke.

In their dedication to historically informed performance, the members of the {oh!} Orkiestra never forget about what is most important: making their music reach their audience as fully as possible. Working on every aspect of a work in order to emphasise the rhetorical dimension of music results in concerts whose aim is to achieve excellent communication not only among the performers, but, above all, between the musicians and the audience. From the very first concert, this kind of connection has been noticed and appreciated by critics and guest soloists.

Thanks to maintaining strong bonds with the city of Katowice and its cultural institutions, which have been supporting the ensemble since its formation, {oh!} after six years of activity has acquired a reputation as one of the most important early music ensembles in Poland.

The ensemble released 3 CD albums: {oh!} Schreyfogel/Schaffrath/Visconti (DUX), which contains {oh!}’s renditions of violin and harpsichord concertos discovered in the library of the University of Dresden, second CD was a collection of recordings of Father Amando Ivanschitz’s works under the collective title Musica Claromontana with the music from monastery in Częstochowa, third CD was the Music of French Masters – live recording of French instrumental music of Lully, Campra, Couperin, Correte and Marais. Last two CDs was nominated to the Fryderyk award – most important music award in Poland.

Orkiestra Historyczna has also made contemporary stage premieres of two operas: Domenico Sarri’s Didone Abbandonata and Johann Adolf Hasse’s Arminio, in cooperation with Czech artists. The operas were performed in Prague, Ostrava and Brno as well as in Gliwice, Katowice and Warsaw. In 2018 in the international cooperation {oh!} will co-produce the performances of baroque opera Gismondo, Re di Polonia by Leonardo Vinci.

Thanks to a cooperation with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, {oh!} gives regular concerts within the framework of NOSPR’s Early Music series. During this series, the Orkiestra Historyczna engages in the most ambitious of programs, performing with such outstanding artists as Andreas Staier, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Julien Chauvin, and in current season with Marco Beasley or Jean Guihen Qyeyras.