Gabriele Schmid, Soprano
Ulrich Sommerrock, lutes and period guitars

Gabriele Schmid

was born in Ingolstadt. She studied church music and then singing with Emmy Lisken and Douglas Yates. She has a repertoire encompassing all epochs of musical history and sings all classical concert literature, but she has a special predilection for contemporary and for ancient music and chamber music. Her name and her impressive aura are also connected with the part of "Sissi" in Franz Hummel's successful musical "Ludwig II - Yearning for Paradise" and the close cooperation with world-famous clarinettist Giora Feidmann. Mrs Schmid has worked together with renowned orchestras and conductors; she has toured Europe, Japan and the USA. Numerous appearances on TV as well as broadcasts and recordings on CD complete her work.

  • SWEET COME AGAINE - Elizabethan lute songs
  • DER LIEBE BANGE SORGEN (The cares of love) - Love songs through the centuries
  • COME HEAVY SLEEP - Songs about love and death from the Renaissance to the Romantic era
  • CANTABO DOMINO - Sacred Baroque songs
  • A MUSICAL BANQUET - English, French and German songs of the 17th century
  • AUF FLÜGELN DES GESANGES (On the wings of song) - Romantic guitar songs and instrumental music
Gabriele Schmid, Soprano
Nikolaj Tarasov, recorders and melodica
Ulrich Sommerrock, lutes and period guitars

Nikolaj Tarasov

was born in Slovenia, grew up in Germany and now makes his home in Switzerland. From a young age he studied music and the arts, including composition, musicology and the recorder. He has performed as a soloist and ensemble member in concerts and festivals in Europe and Australia.
Nikolaj Tarasov has acquired a collection of rare and original recorders, which he restored, and which he frequently uses in concerts and on CDs. He has been heavily involved in the development of a series of modernized recorders, working by himself and with the commercial makers Joachim Paetzold and Conrad Mollenhauer.
With his rare and modern recorders alike, he has defined a new expressive way of playing. He has also enlarged the limited repertoire of the recorder with new, exciting music, not only by giving first performances of modern music, but also by resurrecting unknown works from the past. He is one of the editors of Windkanal, the recorder magazine published by Mollenhauer, and also works as a music editor.

  • A MUSICAL DREAM - Songs and recorder music from the Renaissance to the Romantic era
  • IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE - Baroque arias and cantatas
  • COME AGAIN - Elizabethan music
  • SÜSSE STILLE (Sweet silence) - Sacred Baroque music
  • LEISE FLEHEN MEINE LIEDER (My songs silently plead) - Songs and instrumental music of the Romantic era