Nominated for the
René Jacobs - Photo: Molina Visuals
Nominated for the

Nominated for the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik"

with the CD "Leonore" by Ludwig van Beethoven, with Freiburger Barockorchester, under the baton of René Jacobs

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n 2017 we toured Europe with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and René Jacobs with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Leonore 1805". A CD of that production was released in November 2019 on the harmonia mundi label and has now been nominated twice on the longlist for the "Preis der deutsch Schallplattenkritik"!


The "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" e.V. is an independent association of 156 music critics and journalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The current 153 critics jurors have nominated a total of 280 new releases from the last quarter in 32 categories, which are eligible for the next best list - including twice our recording of "Leonore". The list is available for download on the website:


The recording is distinguished by an excellent panel of soloists: Marlis Petersen embodies the role of Leonore with unbelievable joy of acting, and expression and emotions have been perfectly transferred to the recording! Maximilian Schmitt lends wonderfully lyrical to slightly dramatic vocal colours to Florestan, and Johannes Weisser, as evil Don Pizarro, brings out the blackest shades from his beautiful baritone. But outstanding soloists shine also in (apparent) minor roles, such as Robin Johannsen as Marzelline, Dimitry Ivashenko as Rocco, Tareq Nazmi as Don Fernando and Johannes Chum as Jaquino. Also to be heard are the soloists of the Zurich Sing-Akademie : Florian Feth as First Prisoner, Julian Popken as Second Prisoner and Matthias Klosinski in the speaking role of the Captain.



The renowned classical CD label harmonia mundi launched the CD in a very special format. Just in time for the Beethoven Year 2020, this musical rarity is now available with a beautiful accompanying book, which not only explains the genesis of the opera, but also offers an insight into the fascinating research work of René Jacobs and his personal approach of putting the findings into music.

Furthermore, all texts  are included, with translations into French and English.