Hortus Musicus

Early music consort Hortus Musicus was founded by its artistic director and conductor Andres Mustonen in 1972. Hortus Musicus is the oldest continuously working ensemble in its field in Eastern Europe and one of the few of such longevity in the world.

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About the ensemble

Since the founding of the ensemble, Hortus Musicus has been performing constantly on world’s concert stages and at different music festivals, such as Utrecht Festival, the Malmo Baroque, the Mozart-Fest in Chemnitz, the Jaffa Festival and Abu Gosh Festival in Israel, the Lufthansa Baroque Festival in London, the Scottish Early Music Festival in Glasgow, the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Bratislava Music Festival, Klara Festival in Belgium, David Oistrakh Festival, Tallinn Internatoinal Organ Festival, Rapla Church Music Festival, Festival Trialogus, the Glasperlenspiel Festival and others. Hortus Musicus has given concerts in USA, South America, most European countries, Israel, Russia and Japan.

Hortus Musicus’ repertoire includes music from the 8th-20th century. Their programs consists of the Gregorian chant, organums, medieval liturgical dramas, hymns and motets, works of the Franco-Flemish school, the Trecento-masters of Italy, the 16th-century rigid polyphony, French chansons, Italian madrigals, frotollas and villanelles, a large amount of suites from Renaissance dances, early sonatas and secular large-scale works of baroque composers of the 17th-18th centuries and the music of 20th century composers. Many contemporary composers have written pieces for the ensemble, such as Alexander Knaifel, Arvo Pärt, Galina Grigorjeva, Lepo Sumera and others. Hortus Musicus has recorded more than 30 CD-s for Warner Classics, Melodiya, Forte, Antes and others.

Members of the ensamble:
Andres Mustonen – artistic director, violin, recorders, crumhorns
Olev Ainomäe – shawms, oboe, recorders, crumhorns, rauschpfeiff, duduk
Valter Jürgenson – trombones
Tõnis Kuurme – curtal, shawm, bassoon, recorders, crumhorns, rauschpfeiff
Imre Eenma – violone, double bass, viola da gamba
Ivo Sillamaa – harpsichord, organ, piano
Riho Ridbeck – bass, percussion instruments
Tõnis Kaumann – baritone, percussion instruments
Anto Õnnis – tenor, percussion instruments
Robert Staak – manager of the ensamble
Ensamble’s home is rather apparitional Gate Tower located in the Old Town of Tallinn.
Address: Lühike Jalg 9, Tallinn

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Upcoming events

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Sat4.12

In natali Domini

Saturday, 4.12
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Sat18.12

Carmina Burana

Saturday, 18.12
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Sun26.12

Puer natus est

Sunday, 26.12
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Mon27.12

Noel, noel!

Monday, 27.12
19:00
Tartu,
Tartu Jaani kirik
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Fri31.12

New Year’s Eve in Tallinn Town Hall

Friday, 31.12
15:00
Tallinn,
Tallinna raekoda
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Fri31.12

New Year’s Eve in Tallinn Town Hall

Friday, 31.12
17:00
Tallinn,
Tallinna raekoda
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Sat15.01

Along Europe. First stop – France

Saturday, 15.01
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Sat29.01

Girls’ Choir Ellerhein, Voces Tallinn, Hortus Musicus

Saturday, 29.01
19:00
Tallinn,
Tallinna Jaani kirik
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Sat19.02

Along Europe. Second stop: England

Saturday, 19.02
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Sat5.03

Along Europe. Third stop: Spain

Saturday, 5.03
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Sat2.04

Along Europe. Third stop: The Netherlands

Saturday, 2.04
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Sat16.04

Music of our millennium

Saturday, 16.04
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Sat30.04

Along Europe. Fifth stop: Italy

Saturday, 30.04
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Sat14.05

Along Europe. Fifth stop: Germany

Saturday, 14.05
16:00
Tallinn,
Väravatorn
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Recordings

Canto:) - 2018

Jerusalem - 2018

Piae Cantiones -1993

The Royal Court of the Vasa Kings - 1993

Music Across The Baltic - 1989

1200 - 1600 Medieval Renaissance - 1989

Gregorianische Choräle –Plainchants Gregooriuse laul

Johann Valentin Meder: Matthäus Passion 1700

Vuestros Amores, He Señora

Ave...

Maypole

Peeter Vähi: 2000 years after the birth of Christ

Peeter Vähi: To his highness Salvador D

René Eespere: Concerto Ritornello, Flute Concerto, Viola Concerto

Eesti heliloojad (III): Galina Grigorjeva, Lepo Sumera

Early Music of 3rd Millennium: Alexander Knaifel, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Peeter Vähi, Arvo Pärt, Valentin Silvestrov, Giya Kancheli

Helena Tulve: Arboles Lloran Por Lluvia