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In the summer of 2020 we united in the beautiful Edelhof chapel on the outskirts of Hanover, Germany, to record our debut album "The Habsburg Garden of Eden".
This CD pays tribute to the abundant cultural life that had been established in the Habsburg monarchy. This served partially as a demonstration of power to rival with the French court in Versailles.
Countless talented composers took upon themselves the perilous journey over the Alps to Salzburg and Vienna, hoping to join a flourishing network of kindred musical spirits. The prospect of a career in the Habsburg musical centres inspired a remarkable and rich cultural exchange across the mountains.
We hope to captivates the listener with a fine balance of vocal and instrumental music while highlighting the individual members of our ensemble. Taste the fruits of this creative prosperity in an exquisite selection of works by Handel, Caldara, Muffat, Ziani, Biber and Bonporti!
After 8 years full of concerts, prizes and countless trips to rehearsals and concerts, we want to share some of our favourite music with the world. This way, our listeners can join us for an hour-long musical journey.
Plenty of music has been written for soprano, violin and continuo, but it is not heard often enough. It is our aim to bring this music to life.
1st funding level:
- Covering the costs for our sound engineer for this recording
- post production of the CD
2nd and 3rd funding level:
- travel costs for the recording
- harpsichord transport
- photographies for the booklet
- production of the trailer
The members of Ensemble Arava:
Einat Aronstein (soprano)
...performs regularly in Europe and Israel. She is a soloist at the Trier Theater and Opera House in Germany. Making exclusive chamber music with Arava gives her great pleasure.
Sophie Wedell (Baroque violin)
...is most happy with a violin on her back and a suitcase in hand, traveling for the music she is passionate about. Meeting the members of Arava was love at first sight.
Nora Matthies (Baroque cello)
Baroque or contemporary music? Jazz or folk? Nora enjoys diving deep into different musical styles and eras. For her, playing with Arava is like coming home.
Avinoam Shalev (harpsichord)
...performs chamber and vocal music as well as solo recitals in Europe and Israel. His home base is in Berlin, but he’s often on the train to Hannover to meet with Arava.