Reinhard Goebel is a conductor, a musicological researcher, a teacher, a discoverer. He is a musical universalist. A walking encyclopaedia of baroque music, say some. But this does not suffice to describe him. Goebel is more. He’s a lateral thinker and originator, a one-off and discoverer. Reinhard Goebel is refreshingly iconoclastic. He cares little for conventions, researches the periphery of the mainstream repertoire, repeatedly awakens from hibernation composers and works that had long been forgotten, lost or disdained. He attained an international reputation as the founder, violinist and conductor of Musica Antiqua Cologne, with which he revolutionized the early-music scene. Since the ensemble broke up, Goebel has been appearing with traditional symphony orchestras and interpreting, with techniques of historically authentic music-making, works from the late 18th and early 19th centuries as well. He can also be experienced at Würzburg in this role, complemented by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and the Munich Radio Orchestra.
»If you wish to assess Beethoven’s life-work, you have to familiarise yourself with his contemporaries« is Goebel’s firm conviction. For the Mozartfest, he has conceived four Kaisersaal concerts, in which he juxtaposes and confronts Beethoven with direct predecessors, companions and competitors. The fact that some closely interrelated works have never been heard before in the combination he’s chosen is something Goebel rightly considers »unheard-of«.
»I devote myself to these works because they vouchsafe to me the incomparable experience of authentic creativity.«