Baroque Ensemble based in Amsterdam
"I attended Ensemble Odyssee’s CD presentation concert at the Greenwich Early Music Festival 2016, and was immediately struck by the spontaneity, tangible joy and filigree ornamentation exuded by these players. This live advocacy for Babell completely won me over, and their newly-released disc does not disappoint, combining artistic excellence and integrity with a glorious edginess and unflinchingly direct concept of sound and musical intention. [...] Ensemble Odyssee play this music as though their lives depended on it...".
Fatima Lahham, Oxford Early Music 2017
"The overall refinement of their musical expression, profound knowledge in the field of historically informed performance practice, flawless intonation and sense of subtle nuances, confirm that Ensemble Odyssee is clearly among the top in its field."
Karel Veverka, Opera Plus 2017
Sonorities of the past can still speak to modern audiences: we are Ensemble Odyssee and this is why we make music. We are Anna Stegmann (recorder), Eva Saladin (violin), Georg Fritz (oboe), and Andrea Friggi (harpsichord), an Amsterdam-based ensemble that uses cutting-edge musicological research to push the boundaries of artistic creativity.
Historically informed performance practice is our way of rediscovering lost sounds. From chamber music to full orchestra, we draw from the original instrumentation and offer its sounds to modern audiences. Our first CDs resurrected unknown repertoire from seventeenth-century Naples. Our latest one unearthed little-known English instrumental solo concertos. With each program, whether live or recorded, we bring back to life the sounds of a particular place and a particular time. Our sound is bold and precise because it is supported by solid musicological research.
We perform regularly in different ensemble settings across Europe. As a chamber group, we were prize winner of Amsterdam’s prestigiousInternational Van Wassenaer Concours, and have welcomed eminent guest artists such as sopranos Raffaella Milanesi and Claron McFadden, and counter tenor Filippo Mineccia.