Konrad Ruhland


Born: February 19, 1932   Died: March 14, 2010   Country: Germany   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
A student of the Greek-German medievalist Thrasybulos Georgiadis and the Renaissance music specialist Marie-Louise Göllner, musicologist and conductor Konrad Ruhland is a pioneering German figure in the field of early music performance, something of a Continental counterpart to Noah Greenberg in the U.S. or the similarly academically influenced David Munrow in Britain. He was born in Landau, Germany and obtained his earliest musical training as a Read more chorister in the cathedral choir of Passau. He then studied history, medieval Latin, theology, and liturgical history, all of which he has applied to his performance practice research. In 1956, he founded the Capella Antiqua München, bringing together a group of young vocal students in Munich. This became one of the first ensembles to apply a historical approach to Renaissance and early Baroque music.

Many of the large number of albums he made contain choral music that had never been recorded before, and his interests as a performer ranged from the earliest music of the Christian era up to the seventeenth century. In line with Ruhland's academic interests, some of his recordings (such as The Moosburg Gradual of 1360) are devoted to specific manuscripts or settings. Though his style lacks the expression that later performers have brought to much of the music he unearthed, his music making is never pedantic or dull. His 1966 recording Gregorian Chant is considered a classic and has been reissued on CD by Sony Classical; Ruhland's notes offer a straightforward introduction to the music, free of the pop mysticism that has attended many chant releases. Through the 1960s and 1970s Ruhland led the group in recordings for a number of labels, including Telefunken, Seon, Christophorus, and Sony. After the Capella disbanded, he conducted recordings by the Niederaltaicher Scholaren. Ruhland remained active as a choral conductor and educator in both Europe and the U.S. until his death in 2010. He was notable for his vast expertise on diverse repertories of music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Zeit Der Dämmerung - Die Wurzeln Der Musik
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77003 Release Date: 11/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walther von der Vogelweide,  John Coprario,  Orlando de Lassus,  Leonhard Lechner  ... 
    Performer:  Jürgen Hübscher,  Bernhard Böhm
    Conductor:  Bernhard Klebel,  Michael Procter,  Konrad Ruhland,  Godehard Joppich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estampie,  I Ciarlatani Ensemble,  Munich Cathedral Choir  ... 
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    Resurrection Part I - Composed Music Works 2000-1600
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 910039 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Schubert,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Mauricio Kagel  ... 
    Performer:  Stefano Barneschi,  Federica Valli,  Paolo Beschi,  Paul Plunkett  ... 
    Conductor:  Uri Caine,  Konrad Ruhland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuncordu de Orosei,  La Gaia Scienza,  Bell'Arte Salzburg  ... 
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    Carl Orff - Ante - Post / Ruhland, Niederaltaicher Scholaren
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Orlando de Lassus,  Wilhelm Keller,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Ruhland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Niederaltaich Scholars
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    Gregorian Chant / Ruhland, Niederaltaicher Scholaren
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53899 Release Date: 02/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous
    Conductor:  Konrad Ruhland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Niederaltaich Scholars
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