This impressive building, built in the Art Nouveau style in 1905 and located in the beautiful Eifel region
(West Germany), is serving as a spectacular venue for the remarkable chamber music festival
„SPANNUNGEN: Music in Heimbach‘s Hydroelectric plant“ since 1998, in June of each year.
This musical event, where musicians of the highest caliber come together for a week of chamber music
rehearsals and concerts, bears a title that truly reflects its underlying concept: „Tensions” is not only an
allusion to the electric current normally produced in this hydroelectric installation, but also to the underlying
musical tensions and contrasts in the festival’s music programs. The artists and their audience embark on
a musical journey ranking from the Baroque era to contemporary music: each year we also première a new
work. Surprising parallels often emerge in such programs, along with exciting musical contrasts and thrilling
interplay between the hydropower station’s architecture, the picturesque surroundings and the music itself.
In Heimbach, it is always exciting to adapt to one’s musical partners. Yet the most important thing is to remain
fundamentally and constantly open to one’s partners’ musical suggestions and leanings. This excellent working
environment is capable of producing concerts and recordings of which all participants can be proud of. It is
our wish and our desire that, listening to these CD’s, you will be able to relive the special atmosphere.
Norbert Ely, former music editor at the Deutschlandfunk, once called our undertaking a true „grass roots
initiative for chamber music”. In fact, this festival owes its very existence to the selfless dedication of quite
a number of music and art lovers who are active members of the Association for the Promotion of the Arts
in the County of Düren: from the very beginning, they enthusiastically continue to make this wonderful
event possible. Without wide-ranging, varied engagement on the part of our sponsors – particularly
on the part of our main sponsor and event partner INNOGY SE (also our host at the Hydroelectric
plant), and on the part of our media partner, DEUTSCHLANDFUNK (which has supported this festival
since its inception) – a chamber music event such as this one could not even be possible.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us!
Lars Vogt (Artistic Director)