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

Hortus Musicusperformances

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  • Locations
    • Sillamäe
    • Rakvere
    • Kullamaa
    • Viljandi
    • Karksi-Nuia
    • Lithuania
    • Other
    • St Petersburg
    • Paide
    • Jõgeva
    • Haapsalu
    • Jõhvi
    • Pärnu
    • Tallinn
    • Kuressaare
    • Tartu
  • Venue
    • nõmme vk eng
    • Tallinn Jaani Church
    • Kuressaare St. Lawrence Church
    • Kadriorg Palace
    • Creative Hub, Cauldron Hall
    • Creative Hub, Retrosonic Pro Audio Studio
    • Creative Hub, the midhallway
    • Creative Hub, the Atrium
    • Creative Hub, the end of the Atrium
    • Creative Hub, Small Hall
    • Creative Hub, black box
    • University of Tartu Narva College
    • EAMT Concert Hall
    • Kuressaare Culture Centre
    • Tartu University Hall
    • The Gate Tower
    • Boiler house of the Estonian Mining Museum
    • Kuusalu Church
    • Mihkli Church
    • Kullamaa Church
    • Church of the Redeemer in Nõmme
    • Toila Mereresto
    • Methodist Church
    • „Opera Royal“at Kuressaare Castle Festival Yard
    • Kuressaare Castle Opera House
    • Rakvere Theatre
    • Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, Telliskivi Creative Hub
    • Black Hall of Telliskivi Creative City
    • Rock Café
    • Väike-Maarja Clubhouse
    • Viljandi Traditional Music Centre
    • Tallinn Swedish St. Michael's Church
    • Maarjamäe Castle
    • Tallinn Town Hall
    • Great Guild Hall
    • Vaba Lava
    • Outdoor stage of Haapsalu Kuursaal
    • Alexela Concert Hall
    • Tartu St Paul ́s Church
    • Estonian Mining Museum
    • Kaarli Church
    • Nissi Church
    • Kullamaa Church
    • Käsmu Church
    • Jõgeva Cultural Centre
    • Karksi- Nuia Orthodox Church
    • Karksi Peetri Church
    • Tallinn Dome Church
    • Meresuu Spa
    • Toila Park Café
    • Mäetaguse Manor
    • Toila Harbour
    • Purtse Castle
    • Mio Mare restaurant at the Toila Spa hotel
    • Kohtla-Nõmme Mining Museum
    • Saka Manor
    • Kukruse Polar Manor
    • Noorus Spa Hotel
    • Mihkli Church of Jõhvi
    • Sillamäe Culture Centre
    • Valgevilla courtyard in Toila
    • Kohtla-Järve Culture Centre
    • Narva Museum
    • Saka Community Centre
    • Iisaku Church
    • Russian Theatre in Estonia
    • Haapsalu Cultural Centre
    • Haapsalu Bishop’s Castle
    • Läänemaa Gymnasium
    • Uuemõisa Manor
    • Haapsalu Resort Hall
    • Haapsalu Dome Church
    • Paide Music and Theatre House
    • Tartu Raadi airplane hangar
    • Kullamaa Culture House
    • Viljandi Song Square
    • Karksi County Leisure Centre
    • Kanuti Gildi SAAL
    • Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall
    • Kaunas State Philharmonic Hall
    • Klaipeda Concert Hall
    • Kuressaare castle
    • Assembly Hall of Estonian Academy of Sciences
    • House of the Blackheads
    • KUMU auditoorium
    • Kumu Auditorium
    • Kullamaa Cultural house
    • Endla Teatri Jazzklubi
    • Endla Theatre Jazzclub
    • Tallinn Creative Hub
    • Karula Maarja Church
    • Tartu St. Paul’s church
    • Tallinn St. John’s church
    • Kadriorg Palace
    • Nordea Concert Hall
    • Tubin Hall of the Heino Eller Tartu Music School
    • Methodist Church
    • St. John’s Church, Tallinn
    • Valga Culture and Hobby Centre
    • Võru Culture Centre “Kannel”
    • St. John’s Church, Tartu
    • Narva Castle
    • Niguliste Church
    • Studio 1 of Eesti Raadio
    • The guesthouse of Gustav Ernesaks
    • Estonia Concert Hall
    • Vanemuise Concert Hall
    • Pärnu Concert Hall
    • Concert Hall "Jaani Kirik"
    • Jõhvi Concert Hall
  • Events found: 9
    All future events: 144
    S 30. 11

    „In natali Domini“, Hortus Musicus

    Introduction

    Programme: Historical Christmas music Early music from France, Germany, Italy of annual longing for the new light...

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    S 14. 12

    “Music Salon Through the Centuries” Hortus Musicus

    Introduction

    Programme: music from Monteverdi to Rossini A concert program consisting of music that sounded in merchants' homes,...

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    S 21. 12

    „Spanish Golden Age“ Hortus Musicus

    Introduction

    Programme: Spanish music from the 16th to the 17th centuries The Habsburg Spain was one of the strongest countries...

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    S 28. 12

    „La folia“ Hortus Musicus

    Introduction

    Programme. Ortiz, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Corelli, ao. Folia ("crazy" or "nutty") is a three-stroke dance from...

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    S 29. 12

    „La folia“ Hortus Musicus

    Introduction

    Programme. Ortiz, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Corelli, ao. Folia ("crazy" or "nutty") is a three-stroke dance from...

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    T 31. 12

    “Decrepitude of the old year” Hortus Musicus

    • Tuesday, 31.12
    • 14:00
    • Tallinn , Estonia Concert Hall
    • Hortus Musicus , Helen Lokuta (mezzo soprano, Estonian National Opera)
      Triin Ella (mezzo soprano, Estonian National Opera)
      Stage design and costumes Riina Vanhanen
      Artistic director Andres Mustonen
    • SA Eesti Kontsert
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    Introduction

    “Decrepitude of the old year” Adriano Banchieri. La Pazzia Senile The madrigal comedy “La Pazzia Senile"...

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    S 01. 02

    MustonenFest. Venetian polychoral music

    Introduction

    Programme: Monteverdi, Gabrieli a.o. The architectural design of St Mark's Basilica in Venice played an important...

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    S 11. 04

    Easter Concert "Surrexit Christus Hodie" Jaanika Kuusik (soprano) Juhanid Boys Choir of Estonian National Opera Hortus Musicus

    Introduction

    Easter Concert "Surrexit Christus Hodie" Programme: Selection from „Piae cantiones“ collection (1582), 15-16th...

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    S 12. 04

    Easter Concert "Surrexit Christus Hodie" Jaanika Kuusik (soprano) Juhanid Boys Choir of Estonian National Opera Hortus Musicus

    • Sunday, 12.04
    • 16:00
    • Tallinn , Tallinn Jaani Church
    • Hortus Musicus , Jaanika Kuusik (soprano)
      Juhanid Boys Choir of Estonian National Opera
      Artistic director and conductor Andres Mustonen
    • SA Eesti Kontsert
    • More information

    Introduction

    Easter Concert "Surrexit Christus Hodie" Programme: Selection from „Piae cantiones“ collection (1582), 15-16th...

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    Recordings

    „canto:)“

    „canto:)“

    Italian music from the XVIIth century (Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Zanetti, Banchieri, Bonelli).

    „Jerusalem“

    „Jerusalem“

    European medieval music, traditional Arab and Jewish melodies.

    1200-1600 Keskaeg- renesanss 1200-1600 Medieval – Renaissance

    1200-1600 Keskaeg- renesanss 1200-1600 Medieval – Renaissance

    CD1: instrumental music
    CD2: vocal music

    Musik över Östersjön/Music across the Baltic /Baltimaade muusika

    Musik över Östersjön/Music across the Baltic /Baltimaade muusika

    Vasakungarnas hov (Vaasa kuninga õukond) The Royal Court of the Vasa Kings)

    Vasakungarnas hov (Vaasa kuninga õukond) The Royal Court of the Vasa Kings)

    PIAE CANTIONES

    PIAE CANTIONES

    Arvidson, Lars (bass), Benktsson, Sven-Anders (bass), Thimander, Conny (boy soprano), Frodlund, Emil( boy soprano), Horm, Mats-Peeter (boy soprano), Larsson, Thomas (boy soprano), Lowgren, Lennart (counter-tenor), Bellini, Mikael (counter-tenor), Unander-Scharin, Carl (tenor), Hortus Musicus, conductor Andres Mustonen

    Gregorianische Choräle –Plainchants Gregooriuse laul

    Gregorianische Choräle –Plainchants Gregooriuse laul

    Johann Valentin Meder: Matthäus Passion 1700

    Johann Valentin Meder: Matthäus Passion 1700

    Matteuse passioon 1700 (Hortus Musicus, vol. 1)

    Vuestros Amores, He Señora

    Vuestros Amores, He Señora

    Ave...

    Ave...

    Maypole

    Maypole

    Peeter Vähi: 2000 years after the birth of Christ

    Peeter Vähi: 2000 years after the birth of Christ

    Peeter Vähi: 2000. aastat pärast Kristuse sündi
    (Kaia Urb, The “Bad” Orchestra, Hortus Musicus etc.)

    Peeter Vähi: To his highness Salvador D

    Peeter Vähi: To his highness Salvador D

    Peeter Vähi: Tema kõrgeausus Slavador D-le
    (Ivo Sillamaa, Camerata Tallinn, Hortus Musicus)

    René Eespere: Concerto Ritornello, Flute Concerto, Viola Concerto

    René Eespere: Concerto Ritornello, Flute Concerto, Viola Concerto

    Ülo Kaadu, Maano Männi, Neeme Punder, Jouko Mansnerus

    Eesti heliloojad (III): Galina Grigorjeva, Lepo Sumera

    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

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

    Helena Tulve: Arboles Lloran Por Lluvia

    Helena Tulve: Arboles Lloran Por Lluvia

    Arianna Savall, Ensemble Vox Clamantis, NYYD Quartet, Ensemble Hortus Musicus, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Jan-Eik Tulve, conductor Olari Elts