|Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra|
|Native name||Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim|
Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra (full German name: Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim; full English name: South-west German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim) is an internationally known German chamber orchestra based in Pforzheim.
The orchestra was founded in 1950 by Friedrich Tilegant, a student of Paul Hindemith. It was directed by Paul Angerer from 1971 to 1981, by Vladislav Czarnecki since 1986, and by Sebastian Tewinkel from 2002 to 2012. Since 2013, Timo Handschuh has served as the orchestra's chief conductor and artistic director.
Repertoire and recordings
The orchestra has recorded numerous works of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn and conductor Fritz Werner, including several cantatas, the Mass in B minor (in 1957), the St Matthew Passion (1958), the St John Passion (1960), the Christmas Oratorio (1963), and the Easter Oratorio (1964).
The orchestra has also recorded the twelve cello concertos of Luigi Boccherini with cellist Julius Berger, a professor at the University of Mainz. A review stated: "Berger is ably assisted in this concerto with sensitive and polished accompaniments from the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra using modern instruments under Maestro Vladislav Czarnecki."
- Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra on bach cantatas (2001)
- Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim (n.d.). About the Orchestra. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- Ulrich Stranz on the Bärenreiter website (accessed December 29, 2018). Archived 2010-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
- Fritz Werner & Heinrich Schütz Choir of Heilbronn & Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra on bach-cantatas
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) The Cantatas, Volume 2 review by John Quinn on musicweb.international, 2005
- Classical Cello Concertos review of Michael Cookson, 2004