The idea for this CD developed during a recording of the Fantasy No. 7, and quickly established its own momentum. What began as a spontaneous thought experiment soon demanded fulfilment, and morphed swiftly into the desire to take part in the reawakening of this music. What followed was months of intensive dialogue with, and examination of, the 12 Fantasies.
What would rank as of the greatest possible adventures for a gambist? To approach Telemann‘s 12 Fantasies which, having long lain dormant, were recently rediscovered. This is music which paints pictures, is sometimes melancholy and longing, sometimes wild, and often humourous - an inexhaustible wellspring of ideas, moods, sounds and colours.
Having first studied modern cello Renate Mundi discovered her passion for baroque music,
and for the viola da gamba in particular. Her enthusiasm for the special characteristics
of the instrument, as well as her interest in source studies, including the search for undiscovered
scores, was fostered by Prof. Rainer Zipperling, with whom she also studied both baroque cello.
Her horizons were broadened further through study with Prof. Hille Perl (gamba) and Kristin von der Goltz (baroque cello).
Christian Zincke, with whom she took her first gamba lessons, was important for her musical development. Also significant was her participation in masterclasses, including those given by Vittorio Ghielmi, Lorenz Duftschmid, Wieland Kuijken, and lessons with Philippe Pierlot.
Renate Mundi performs with ensembles and orchestras such as the Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble and the Main Baroque Orchestra. She has worked with, among others, Gabriel Garrido and Michael Schneider, and has appeared on such eminent stages as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Göttingen International Handel Festival, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, and Gotha‘s historic Ekhof Theatre.
Her playing has been heard on numerous radio broadcasts with the Hessischer,
Saarländischer and Südwestrundfunk, as well the CD recordings of many ensembles. The multifaceted
world of chamber music, in all its different formulations, is her particular passion.
The music of the 17th and 18th centuries is a distinct focus in her work with the ensemble ‚La Tirata‘.