Lautten Compagney

Lautten Compagney is an instrumental ensemble based in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 1984 by Hans-Werner Apel and Wolfgang Katschner, now the principal conductor, it specialises in Early music and Baroque music, notably the operas of Handel.

Lautten Compagney
Early music ensemble
Founded1984 (1984) by Hans-Werner Apel and Wolfgang Katschner
Principal conductorWolfgang Katschner


Lautten Compagney was founded in 1984 as a lute duo by lutenists Hans-Werner Apel and Wolfgang Katschner. The ensemble grew and plays in varied formation, specialising in Early music and Baroque music, notably the operas of Handel. Katschner is the principal conductor, Abel plays in the continuo group. Twice a year the group runs a festival, AEQUINOX, in Neuruppin.[1]

The ensemble has frequently played choral works in concert and recording, collaborating with notable singers and ensembles. In varied formation from chamber ensemble to opera orchestra, they performed with vocal ensemble Capella Angelica, also founded by Katschner, and the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin, works including Handel's Der Messias and Bach's Passions.[2] In 2007 they recorded cantatas by Dieterich Buxtehude.[3] In 2010 they performed Bach's Köthener Trauermusik in the reconstruction by Alexander Ferdinand Grychtolik in the Sophienkirche Berlin.[4] In 2011 they played Handel's opera Rinaldo, 300 years after its premiere, with Valer Barna-Sabadus in the title role.[5] In 2012 they performed Handel's oratorio La resurrezione, staged by Kobie van Rensburg, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio.[1] For the Rheingau Musik Festival's annual Marienvesper at Eberbach Abbey, they performed Monteverdi's Vespers in 2013 with ensemble amarcord and five additional guest singers.[6][7]

In December 2015 the European Broadcasting Union included the Lautten Compagney in its annual Christmas radio programme, which is broadcast across various European countries. The group played a selection of music from the Bach cantatas in instrumental arrangements.[8]


Lautten Compagney won an ECHO Klassik award in 2010 in the category Ensemble – Alte Musik.[1] They were awarded the Rheingau Music Prize in 2012.[1][9]

Selected discography

Artist recitals

  • Henry Purcell: Love's Madness. Dorothee Mields, Carus Verlag, 2012
  • Henry Purcell: Love Songs. Dorothee Mields, Carus Verlag, 2010
  • Handel: La Diva – Arias for Cuzzoni, Simone Kermes. Berlin Classics
  • Il pianto d'Orfeo, Kobie van Rensburg, New Classical Adventure 2006
  • Mia Vita, Mio Bene, Ann Hallenberg and Ditte Andersen Berlin Classics, 2006
  • Handel arias, Maria Ricarda Wesseling, Claves Records, 2005
  • My personal Handel collection, Lynne Dawson, Berlin Classics, 2003
  • Dolce mio ben, arias by Gasparini, Conti, Magini, Pistocchi, Sarri. Maite Beaumont, Berlin 2003
  • Songs of an English cavalier, works by John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Henry Lawes, John Blow, Henry Purcell. Kobie van Rensburg, New Classical Adventure, 2001
  • Handel's Beard, Kobie van Rensburg, New Classical Adventure, 2001
  • Johann Philipp Krieger: Lieben und geliebt werden Arias, Mona Spägele, Wilfried Jochens, Wolf Matthias Friedrich, New Classical Adventure, 1995


  1. "Rheingau Musik Preis 2012 geht an die Lautten Compagney Berlin" (in German). 7 December 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  2. "Barockensemble Lautten Compagney Berlin" (in German). Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  3. Woolf, Jonathan (2007). "Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637–1707)". Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  4. "Die weltliche Urfassung der Matthäuspassion" (in German). Sophienkirche Berlin. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  5. Steiner-Rinneberg, Britta (22 August 2011). "Lautten Compagney Berlin brilliert mit Händels Frühwerk „Rinaldo"" (in German). Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  6. Zibulski, Axel (17 August 2013). "Rheingau Musik Festival: Claudio Monteverdis „Marienvesper" in der Basilika von Kloster Eberbach" (in German). Wiesbadener Tagblatt. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  7. "Monteverdi: Marienvesper" (in German). Rheingau Musik Festival. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  8. "Christmas around Europe". Radio Times ( Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  9. "Rheingau Musikpreis / 2012 Lautten Compagney Berlin" (in German). Rheingau Musik Festival. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
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