Album review

Grand Nonetto

Das Ensemble Obligat überzeugt durch blitzsaubere Intonation und perfektes Zusammenspiel.

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Album review

Grand Nonetto

Das 1995 gegründete Ensemble Obligat Hamburg widmet sich den Stücken mit musikalischem Ernst und zelebriert einen opulenten dunkel gefärbten Gesamtklang.
Das betont die sinfonisch-orchestralen Elemente mehr als die serenadenhafte Leichtigkeit, wirkt in seiner homogenen Ausgewogenheit aber in origineller Art und Weise überzeugend. …
Die hervorragende Aufnahmetechnik bildet das Ganze in transparenter Tiefenstaffelung und Räumlichkeit in all seiner Klangpracht wunderbar ab.

Klassik Heute

Album review

Grand Nonetto

...Balance zwischen solistischer Führung und Gesamtklang..., welche das Ensemble perfekt verkörpert.
Brahms' Jugendwerk erhält in dieser Version eine kammermusikalische Durchhörbarkeit.
…Symphonischer Atem des Ensembles...


Instrumente und ihre Beziehung

…Kantabilität und Virtuosität…
Klassische Ausgewogenheit und das richtige Gespür für eine atmende Phrasierung beeindruckten das Publikum…
…überzeugten der volle Gesamtklang und das dichte Legatospiel…
Mitunter schien es, als ob sich eine Opernbühne mit einer Diva Flöte auftat…
Symphonisches Miteinander und solistische Abschnitte prägten auch die beiden folgenden Sätze.
Zwei ungarische Zugaben entließen das begeisterte Publikum in den Abend.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ensemble Obligat supreme at their concert in Schloss Schönebeck

Suite No. 6 by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier put the spotlight on flute and harpsichord, confirming the high quality and creative energy of the Ensemble. It was characterised by lively tempi, energetic dynamics, suppleness right down to the smallest details. Flautist Imme-Jeanne Klett produced an extensive repertoire of nuances in expression over an extraordinary range, with colours from mystic depths to brilliant heights. She was accompanied with the utmost sensitivity and virtuosity by Anke Dennert on harpsichord. Their performance stood out with its flexibility in sound, and the purity and agility with which they expressed the moods from anthem-like climaxes to feather-light cantilena lines


Stellar chamber music

A brilliant performance by Ensemble Obligat at its guest appearance in Adelsheim – with outstanding flute virtuosity

... the string trio ... displayed convincing quality in Ludwig van Beethoven’s C minor String Trio.

... Flautist Imme-Jeanne Klett once more demonstrated her consummate abilities in the Flute Quartet in D major op. 75 for flute, violin, viola and cello by Moravian composer Frantisek Krommer, exploiting all the capabilities of her instrument – perfection in fingering and absolute breath control.

To sum up this delightful evening of chamber music – Ensemble Obligat more than lived up to its reputation, performing in complete unity to achieve a magnificent sound, while still retaining transparency...


A kaleidoscope of rich sound colours

Ensemble Obligat generates intensity of emotion


Kieler Nachrichten

In search of the extraordinary

Ensemble Obligat with star harpist Maria Graf produced magnificent chamber music...

Ensemble Obligat is unique in Germany’s chamber music scene …

Die Welt

NDR Kulturjournal

NDR 90,3

Iridescent sound

Ensemble Obligat gave a concert with works by Ravel, Françaix und Scarlatti on Radio Bremen

… The most fascinating aspect was the way the instruments of Ensemble Obligat combined to generate specific colours – the flute created enchanting lyrical and melismatic lines, in dialogue with the gentle arpeggios of the harp …

... an exquisite ensemble! ...


A very special, fascinating evening

Exhilarating performance by Ensemble Obligat

Originals and Adaptations was the theme of the 16th Lower Saxony Music Festival, with musicians presenting a skilful comparison of originals and works adapted from them ...

Ensemble Obligat put on a fascinating display of inspired musicianship – with sublime mastery by flautist Imme-Jeanne Klett in virtuoso passages, and captivating tone. One of the high points of the evening was the Duet for Viola and Harp by Benjamin Britten... And Boris Faust deserves the highest recognition for his sensitive, perfectly controlled art, as does Danielle Riegel...

..Noblesse oblige! – we are deeply obliged to all the musicians of this extraordinary ensemble...


Unity of tone and place

Ensemble Obligat at the 3rd Rosetti Festival

...Imme-Jeanne Klett displayed consummate technique, purity of intonation and a superbly balanced sound. Her interpretation was both supple and lively, enchanting the audience. Interaction with the Ensemble was outstanding – harmonious and beautifully transparent.

Josef Reicha’s Duet for Violin and Cello was equally delightful… 
and Françaix’ sensitive arrangement of Domenico Scarlatti’s five one-movement sonatas

...for flute, strings and harp were the perfect complement to round off this fascinating and masterful programme.

Schwäbische Post

Poetic music, with captivating sound for fantasy and dreaming

Ensemble Obligat at the Corvey Music Festival

Ensemble Obligat was a highlight with the 3rd concert at this year’s Corvey Music Festival, contrasting Mozart’s fresh, lively music with the delicacy and subtlety of the French impressionists…

... Their execution of all these works was outstanding in technique and tonality, absolutely convincing especially in their interpretation of Claude Debussy … 
Ensemble Obligat masters virtuoso technique while conveying all the emotional and structural elements.


An ensemble in complete unity

Ensemble Obligat comprises young musicians performing in total unity of purpose and performance at the concert in the Beckmann Hall organised by Künstlerverein Celle.
Alongside the rich complexity of their sound, they retained clarity and transparency, making it easy for the audience to enjoy their music to the full …

Cellesche Zeitung

A dreamlike, intensive sound experience

… again and again, the three musicians transported their listeners to new worlds of sound in Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Garden of Joy and Sorrow” for flute, viola and harp …
… three truly extraordinary musicians …

Bünder Zeitung

An evening full of highlights

Outstanding performance by Ensemble Obligat

… enthusiastic applause for an evening full of highlights – with finely selected pieces, producing a full sound and venturing onto new territories.

Stader Tageblatt

… at the highest level …

The flautist was captivating, with her exceptional technique, perfection of embouchure and extraordinary breath control – expressive, beautiful, and seemingly effortless. Boris Faust on viola made full use of the warm, well-rounded sound of his instrument to conjure lyrical tones and iridescent harmonics, with sensitivity and sophisticated dynamics. Danielle Riegel is a first-rate harpist, using new and different techniques and shades of sound on her fabulous instrument. All three musicians were absolutely outstanding…

Weser Kurier / Achimer Kurier

Musical perfection from start to finish

… boundless versatility …

… wonderfully mature musicianship … Imme-Jeanne Klett in Mozart’s D major Flute Quartet KV 285 gave the impression Mozart had written the piece specially for her.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Perfection and sensitivity from Ensemble Obligat …

Gardelegener Volksstimme

This fascinating work (Claus Bantzer’s Pan and Syrinx, premiered at Jenisch House Hamburg in September 2008) was performed by outstanding musicians, members of Ensemble Obligat Hamburg – and that was the key to a successful first performance.

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