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Cembaless CD: Passacaglia della Vita

Passacaglia  della vita

–  an homage to the facets of life: heartache, betrayal, seduction, impermanence, excitement, fun and laughter.

Cembaless plays boldly, joyfully and passionately a hymn to life, expressing emotions ranging between the extreme polarities that human life offers. With its exciting arrangements and grooves the ensemble seeks to create spirited interpretations of early music that beat the pulse of the times!

In “Passacaglia della vita”, the persistently repeating bass melodies, or ostinati, represent the circle of life and all of its diverse emotions.  These ostinati form the basis on which the different languages and melodies as well as musical styles come into contact.

Cembaless’ arrangements offer a new interpretation of songs from the 17th century to early music enthusiasts und young ears. “To us, it is especially important to make music the way we do – free from dusty music structures and very much in the spirit of our own, modern interpretation.” So can the addition of the Persian drum be seen, perfectly merging together hip-hop beats with the early music.

VÖ-Termin: 29.01.2021

Label: Naxos Deutschland

Art.-Nr.: 8.551439

EAN: 730099143936

Bei allen Fragen rund ums Album wenden Sie sich an:


PR für Künstler, Labels und Organisationen der klassischen Musik

Dr. Rainer Aschemeier

Tel.: +49 (0) 5531-8 14 48 99


„Dass historische Klänge unglaublich modern wirken können, beweist das Ensemble Cembaless […] Sie zeigen, wie lebendig man mit historischen Instrumenten musizieren kann – unbedingt anhören, absolut faszinierend!”


Das Klassik-Blog | 24. Januar 2021

„Die vierzehn Stücke, die einen vom ersten Takt eines Anonymus bis zu der abschließenden Bergamasca von Marco Uccellini in ihren Bann schlagen, wecken Erinnerungen an diverse Vorgänger aus allen Abteilungen des Musiklebens: […] zu dieser Musik lässt sich fantasievoll tanzen. Das Ostinato entwickelt seine Wirkung auch ohne elektrische Verstärker, unplugged.“

5 von 5 Sternen

Thomas Rothschild

31. Januar 2021

„Die herrlichen Melodien werden inspiriert dargeboten, mit einer spielerischen Eleganz, die bei aller Virtuosität eine folkloristische Leichtigkeit suggeriert.

So entsteht ein unterhaltsames, ja sogar oft verzauberndes Programm, von dem der Hörer gar nicht genug bekommen kann. Bisogna morire? Nein, auf keinen Fall. Cembaless hält einen am Leben….“
Remy Franck’s journal about Classical Music

Pizzicato | 29. Januar 2021

A group of young musicians, united by the desire to explore the ancient repertoire, record an anthology of enthralling Baroque compositions with surprising interpretations to say the least.  […] Listening is very exciting, closing my eyes I imagined the performers first in a concert hall and then in a club of young people applauding their performances, as if it were a concert by a rock band. I highly recommend listening!

04. February 2021


Cembaless lives up to its name by excelling in its rare choice of instrumentation for early music by omitting the cembalo. The ensemble is innovative, passionate and sensitive in its arrangements, always finding new ways to design their concerts, both aurally and spatially. Cembaless invites their audience into its own soundscape, bringing together fiery, thrilling and lively rhythms with intimate feelings.

Their success is proof of the magical moments they create on stage; for example, they have been awarded the Audience Prize at the Biagio-Marini-Competition 2015, the Audience Prize at ZAMUS-Spielweise 2016 and the Audience Prize and Grant at the Saarland Radio and the Academy of Early Music in Saarland 2017. In 2020, the ensemble will be accepted to the advanced training program Eeemerging+ (Emerging European Ensembles), which is supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.


Annabell Opelt

(Recorder) from Germany currently in Munich

Stefan Koim

(Lute & Guitar) from Germany currently in Münster

Shen-Ju Chang

(Viola da Gamba) from Taiwan currently in Salzburg

Robbert Vermeulen

(Theorbo) the Netherlands currently in Cologne

Elisabeth von Stritzky

(Singer) from Germany

currently in Stuttgart

David Hanke

(Recorder) from Germany currently in Sindelfingen

Syavash Rastani

(Percussion) from Iran

currently in Cologne


Passacaglia della vita – Cembaless – Trailer

SYA LIVE VOL. 6 – Cembaless – Passacaglia della Vita (Stefano Landi)

Introducing Cembaless – An early music ensemble full of fun!

Marco Uccellini – La Bergamasca – Ensemble Cembaless

Henri de Bailly – Yo soy la locura – Ensemble Cembaless



Konzertreise nach Kroatien und Österreich im Rahmen des Förderprojekts Eeemerging+


“The members of Cembaless were delighted to receive the audience award of 500 Euros. Unsurprisingly, they won by a vast majority, which was already apparent during their performance: they were the only Ensemble to receive a round of applause after each piece.”

Ausburger Allgemeine – 8.8.2015 –

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“A recorder can be pretty annoying – and then two recorders? And hasn’t the pleasant combination of poetry and music already been “out” for a long time? And Baroque and Renaissance music without a harpsichord – is that even possible? Some feared the worst.  However, the group “Cemabless,” who played the New Year’s Concert on Sunday evening at the Gravenhorst Monastery, proved all the preconceptions to be wrong and was met with a standing ovation from a very enthusiastic audience.”

– Donau Kurier – 7.8.2015 –

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“Cembaless broke free of the usual ensemble formation. Two recorders combined with a viola da gamba, a lute and the related bass instrument, the theorbo, accompanied a singer.  The light, although gripping performance of the six musicians elicited applause from its audience. It was already decided: Cembaless would receive the audience award.”

– Münstersche Zeitung – 9.1.2017 –

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Plattenfirma/ Label:

Naxos Deutschland

Gruber Straße 70, 85586 Poing

(+49) 8121 22919-00

Bei allen Fragen rund ums Album „Passacaglia della Vita“:


PR für Künstler, Labels und Organisationen der klassischen Musik


Dr. Rainer Aschemeier

Goseberg 24, 37603 Holzminden

Tel.: +49 (0) 5531-8 14 48 99

Management: Annabell Göbler

Booking: Stefan Koim, Annabell Göbler

Buchhaltung: Elisabeth von Stritzky

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit: David Hanke

Homepage: Robbert Vermeulen

Archiv: Shen-ju Chang



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