Raimund Nolte

Raimund Nolte
Baritone Vocals

The vocal art of baritone Raimund Nolte was furthered especially during his studies with Prof. Josef Metternich as well as in various master classes. At present he is being coached by Prof. Irmgard Hartmann. Yet his musical career began as an instrumentalist after completing studies in mathematics, the pedagogics of music and viola. But soon he was being invited as a singer on stages all over Europe, Israel, the United States and Japan.
He has sung under conductors such as Jacov Kreizberg, Vlademir Jurowski, Helmut Müller-Brühl, Howard Arman, David Stern, Andreas Spering, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Hans-Martin Schneidt, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Bruno Weil, Frieder Bernius and Reinhard Goebel. Under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt he sang at the Graz Styriarte in Schubert's Lazarus, to great acclaim. He performed the role of Christus in Bach's St.Matthew Passion under the direction of Trevor Pinnock in Spain, Germany, Japan and at the Salzburg Festival. Under René Jacob's direction he sang in Johann Gottlieb Naumann's rediscovered opera Cora und Alonzo at the Dresden Musikfestspiele.
Raimund Nolte gave his successful stage début in 1994 during the Innsbruck festival season. After two years at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Duisburg he became a regular ensemble member of the Komische Oper in Berlin, where he is now a regular guest singer. His roles in Berlin have included Schaunard in La Boheme, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Prince Jeletzki in Pique Dame, Harlequin in Ariadne and Ping in Turandot. He has built an excellent reputation singing G.F.Handel (Ezio and Radamisto at the Händelfestspielen and the Opera house in Halle, Rodelinda at the State Theatre Karlsruhe, Xerxes at the Royal Copenhagen Theatre, the leading role in Saul at the Komische Oper in Berlin, Rinaldo at the Theatre Bielefeld) and as a singer of Mozart (Papageno in Düsseldorf and at the Komische Oper Berlin in Harry Kupfer's production of The Magic Flute, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte in Potsdam and Bielefeld, Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opéra de Rouen in France and in Potsdam). In the season 2004 he sang Sharpless in Madame Butterly, Father in Hänsel und Gretel and Germont in La Traviata at the Opera house in Bielefeld. This season he will play the lead role in the new production of Don Giovanni in the Schloßtheater Potsdam.
Nolte's repertoire is wide and includes all the main oratorio roles and a large repertoire of lieder. Numerous radio and CD-recordings round off his wide range of activities.
George Fr. Handel · SamsonGeorge Fr. Handel · Samson
George Frideric Handel:
S A M S O N
The English Oratorio HWV 57,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Raimund Nolte (Baritone),
David Thomas (Bass), Monastery Baroque Orchestra,
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor)
Conductor: Jürgen Budday
A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
DDD · Double Album · c. 150 Minutes
2 CD
EUR 33,00SpotifyDeezerNapsterGoogle PlayApple MusicAmazon MusicTidaliTunesReview

An impressive oratorio

Samson, an impressive oratorio in three movements Georg F. Handel, is performed in a historical setting by Sinéad Pratschke, Michael Chance, Marc LeBrocq, Raimund Nolte, David Thomas, Maulbronner Kammerchor and Barockorchester der Klosterkonzerte. Juergen Budday conducts this double-CD box set concert recording made at the convent church in Maulbronn in 1999.

New Classics UK

Review

Highly recommended

...The sound in this monastery is excellent. This is a beautiful recording of one of Handel's finest oratorios, and is highly recommended.

Classical Music UK & The British Music Society

Review

***** I could not be happier with this superb recording

I have been listening to Jephtha and Samson quite extensively, and I must say that these two recordings are truly impressive. First, the cast of soloists is an absolutely superb assembly of historically-informed performers. It would be hard to find singers any better than Emma Kirkby, Steven Varcoe, Michael Chance. I found all of the performances by the soloists nearly impeccable.
Second, I suspected that the recordings themselves might be filled with ambient and background noises since these were the result of live performances.
I have been extremely pleased with the technical aspects of the recordings: they are 'clean' and clear with very little extraneous sounds. The engineering of these recordings is highly commendable!!
Finally, the orchestral playing by the Barockorchester der Klosterkonzerte and the participation of the Maulbronner Kammerchor are nearly flawless. The string playing is especially strong, and the choruses - filled with drama and emotion - are executed at the highest possible level. Even the pronunciation and intonation of the English is perfect.
In sum, I could not be happier with these two superb recordings. Already possessing several recorded versions of each of these masterful oratorios, I felt that it would be difficult to match the strength and quality of, for example, the performance under John Elliot Gardiner.
These two new additions by K&K Verlagsanstalt to the recorded Handel repertoire are magnificent models, exemplary of how to bring these monumental works to life for the modern audience. The crisp, clear recording, the excellent engineering, the incredible acoustics, the superb performances make these two of the best Handel compact discs I have purchased in a long time.
I should be most happy if you would keep my name on your mailing list, since I would like to be informed when your fine enterprise releases any more Baroque repertoire. These are performances to be treasured and are of the highest caliber of historically-informed practice.

Thomas R. McCallum (USA) on Amazon.com

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