C1153. HOHANNES-PASSION (St John Passion) (Bach), recorded 1991, w.Guttenberg Cond. München Ensemble; Claes Ahnsjö, Anton Scharinger, Thomas Quasthoff, Inge Nielsen, Nathalie Stutzmann & Robert Swensen. 2-RCA 60903. Final copy! - 090266090327
“The German conductor, Enoch zu Guttenberg, studied composition and a directing in Munich and Salzburg, influenced largely by Bernhard Paumgartner and Antal Doráti. His most important Mentor was the resident of Munich composer, conductor and political essayist Karl von Feilitzsch.
In 1967 Enoch zu Guttenberg created the Choir Community Neubeuern and led it within few years to international acknowledgment. They participated together in numerous festivals, among other things in Schwetzingen, at the Berlin Festival Weeks, the Salzburg Mozart Weeks, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival and the European Weeks Passau. Tours and appearance journeys led them to France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, as well as to Tschechien, Poland, Austria (Viennese Music Association) and South America. They received honors like the Bavarian State Prize, the Ernst Prize of Siemens Donation, the Culture Prize of the Bavarian National Donation and the German Culture Prize. From 1981 to 1987 Enoch zu Guttenberg, conducted the Bach Collegium Munich, the Symphony Orchestra North Germany of Radio Hamburg, the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique Paris, the Bavarian State Orchestra of Munich, the Deutschen Oper on the Rhine, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Symphony Orchestra of the Central German Radio Leipzig, the Saarland Radio Orchestra and the Stuttgart Philharmonic. From 1993 to 1996 he was first a guest conductor of the orchestra Central German Radio Leipzig. Engagements with orchestras like the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Cappella Istropolitana, Slowakischen Philharmonie Bratislava, and many other ensembles followed. For his work he was appointed the honour conductor of the Baltic Philharmonic Concert Hall Gdansk, and also appointed as the first guest conductor of the Philharmonic Concert Hall Brünn. Apart from his interpretations to symphonic music, Enoch zu Guttenberg appears today as an outstanding interpreter of the large oratorio works from the Baroque and the Romantic eras.”
“Quasthoff‘s music career was launched in 1988 when he won ARD International Music Competition in Munich, earning praise from the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. In 1995, he made his American début at the Oregon Bach Festival at the invitation of artistic director Helmuth Rilling; in 1998, he was one of the soloists for the Bach Festival's world-premiere of Krzyztof Penderecki's CREDO, the recording of which won a Grammy Award for best choral recording. In 2003, he made his staged operatic début as Don Fernando in Beethoven's FIDELIO at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Simon Rattle. His San Francisco Symphony début took place in September 2004.”