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The up-and-coming ensemble 4 Times Baroque released its debut album with the record label Deutsche Harmonia Mundi under the motto ‘Caught in Italian Virtuosity’. It is this often dizzying virtuosity that completely captivates both musicians and listeners of 17th and 18th century Italian music. It is a virtuosity we encounter in works such as Ciaconna by Tarquinio Merula. Or in one of the best-known compositions on an unchanging bass, Arcangelo Corelli’s famous Follia. Further virtuoso masterpieces from the Italian High Baroque that the four young members of the Frankfurt ensemble 4 Times Baroque interpret with fulminant flair on this album are Vivaldi’s famous concerto La Notte, the overture to Handel’s opera Rinaldo, Sammartini’s sonata in F major, and the trio sonata in D minor by Pierre Prowo. This latter work is an exceptional discovery. The composer himself came from a family of musicians in Hamburg-Altona and who is known to have worked as an organist in the reformed church there from 1736 onwards. 

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The second CD by the Vox Orchester from 2019 enchants with music from 17th century England. Henry Purcell and Matthew Locke are among its most prominent representatives. Jan Nigges led the production of this recording in collaboration with the RSI in Lugano. He further played the first solo recorder part including the lovely chaconne for two recorders from Purcell’s Dioclesian under Lorenzo Ghirlanda. 

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The first CD by the Vox Orchester from 2018 was created as part of a production for Swiss television. Jan Nigges created this milestone project together with Lorenzo Ghirlanda. It featured solely up-and-coming talents in early music from all around the world. On this recording Jan Nigges plays the Baroque oboe parts together with Paolo Grazzi. 

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OPUS KLASSIK is the new major classical music prize that succeeds the ECHO Klassik. Best of Klassik 2018 is a unique cross-label ‘best of’ of the current classical music scene. The album, which comprises three CDs, features highlights from all the albums released by the prize winners. With top musicians such as 4 Times Baroque, Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, Julia Lezhneva, Olga Peretyatko, Joyce DiDonato, Regula Mühlemann, Daniil Trifonov, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Albrecht Mayer, Lisa Batiashvili, Yo-Yo Ma, Martha Argerich, Paavo Järvi, and the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and many more. 

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At just 17 Jan Nigges made his first recording together with the Neumeier Consort for the record label CHRISTOPHERUS. On this CD Jan Nigges played the solo recorder part in the Brandenburg Concertos nos. 2 and 4 by world-famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. 

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