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Hermann meets Händel in Bad Salzuflen

(7th September 2009)

All the singers sang excellently, but the countertenor Thomas Riede was really outstanding. With his svelte as well as freely radiating voice, the singer was not only able to make this vocal range, which is nowadays somewhat of an acquired taste, listenable through interesting or attractive timbre, but indeed to present it credibly as a register carrying a variety of different emotions. This Hermann loved sincerely and preferred to die rather than to partake in betrayal.

(Andreas Schwabe, Lippische Landes-Zeitung)

Reshaped texts and vocal comedy in Bad Suderode

(22nd April 2008)

The audience in the church Alte Kirche had not had this much fun in a long time: At the first glance, it appeared that a classical programme was foreseen on Sunday – the programme is called “Mozartissimo” and commemorates the eponymous composer on his somewhat irregular 252nd anniversary.

But it is not for nothing that the “Spinnesänger” have, far beyond the Harz mountains, the reputation of a killingly funny quintett. The audience of locals, spa guests and travelling fans – enjoyed a comedy programme with classical background; of a rare musical and linguistic quality.

This a cappella choir with two basses, a tenor and a baritone was strengthened by a countertenor from Thuringia. The latter, Thomas Riede (Wechmar), did not only sing the highest notes, but also ensured that the audience rewarded all five singers with the highest praise.

(Uwe Kraus, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung)

Christmas Oratorio in Rudolstadt

(17th December 2007)

The countertenor Thomas Riede masterfully interpreted the recitatives (accompanied) and arias for alto with his svelte and soulful voice in the best traditions of Baroque music performance.

(Karlheinz Schönheid, OTZ Rudolstadt)

All-Paul Gerhardt programme in Oschersleben

(13th September 2007)

Musically, the concert was given a special touch by the countertenor Thomas Riede. Originally a baritone, he has, through the special training of his voice, gained the ability to sing in the alto or mezzo-soprano range as powerfully and expressively as was common in many places during the Baroque period. He proved this also in his rendition of the songs of Paul Gerhardt. The radiant timbre of his voice and his clear articulation brought out every detail of the lyrics. (…) In the arias of Handel’s Messiah he deployed all the magnificence of the Baroque art of singing. The mastery of the expressive forms was shown here in all its splendour. It was impressive to hear these sung as powerfully and authentically as in their original period.  

(Georg Hanusch, Volksstimme Oschersleben)

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