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The love of detail, the irrepressible joy of orchestral sound splendor as well as the multifaceted chamber music perspective on well-known works of orchestral and operatic literature are the driving forces of ensemble minui.

Situated between chamber music and orchestra, the ensemble, consisting of five string and four wind players, has dedicated itself to the musical possibilities for large chamber music ensembles with elegance and finesse since its founding in 2016.

In the beginning, the program consisted primarily of reductions of large orchestral works, but gradually opera music became the great passion of ensemble minuii.

The sophisticated arrangements of clarinettist Stefan Potzmann are the starting point. They "[...] lack nothing of the drama and density of the original works" (Michael Gmasz, Radio Klassik Stephansdom 03/2020).

Already the debut CD with the appropriate title "ACT I" was nominated in several categories for the German Opus Klassik 2020. Ö1 as well as Radio Klassik Stephansdom and rbb Berlin presented the recording as "CD of the week".

Homogeneous and well-balanced, the nine versatile orchestral musicians offer previously unheard and differentiated perspectives on large-scale opera and orchestral works - reduced to what is essential for them: the music! 

Ensemble minui, Museum Liaunig

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Sie machen süchtig nach mehr von diesen wundervoll musizierten Adaptionen.

Das Opernglas - 12/2023

Sensational debut at the Liszt Festival Raiding. A superlative.

Johannes Kutrowatz - Liszt Festival Raiding (26.6.2022)


Rainer Baumgärtner - rbbKultur (9.3.2020)

Opera without singing, purely instrumental? Works well, when the music is felt through so singably, so spiritedly [...]. And behold - everything seems more transparent and closer in the reduced instrumentation than in the usual orchestral fullness."

Otto Paul Burkhardt - AUDIO (10/2021)

The ensemble minui reduces complex opera scores of the time around 1900 to nonet dimensions and surprises even experts with it: There one hears music of Puccini, Dvořák and Strauss completely new.

But thanks to clarinetist Stefan Potzmann's original arrangements, even an absolut Stauss- and Puccini-affine opera habitué gains an astonishing array of new insights into old familiar scores."

Wilhelm Sinkovicz - Die Presse (22.01.2020)

Stefan Potzmann's arrangements lack nothing of the drama and density of the original works, and the ensemble's sound is extremely homogeneous.

The result is a truly exciting, tonally balanced and musically rousing debut, in which the individual musicians can demonstrate their qualities as chamber music partners but also as soloists. And like in a good opera, after act one and a short intermission, one can already look forward to the following act!

Michael Gmasz - Radio Klassik Stephansdom (7.3.2020)


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Tatort Oper

In the new program Tatort Oper [a criminal opera evening] the nine musicians, together with the actress Christina Scherrer, again take you into the world of opera. But the characters of the various works suddenly make themselves independent and interweave with each other. They knit an opera-spanning story about love, lust, revenge, murder and jealousy.

Strauss: Elektra Suite, Der Rosenkavalier | Tschaikowski: Eugen Onegin | Puccini: La Boheme, Tosca | Dvořák: Rusalka

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After the great success of their debut CD "ACT I", ensemble minui raises the curtain on the sequel: ACT II also features minimized opera music - reduced in both length and size. The musical cross-sections allow listeners an unclouded view of the music of the three masterpieces.

Strauss: Elektra Suite | Tschaikowski: Eugen Onegin Suite, Russischer Tanz aus Schwanensee | Puccini: La Boheme Suite

ensemble minui - Rockband

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The Weimar Connection

The reductions of great symphonic works by ensemble minui cause enormous enthusiasm both among the audience and the organizers. Besonders hervorgehoben werden stets die Bearbeitungen großer Opernwerke. For this reason, it goes without saying that the program The Weimar Connection will feature just these.

Liszt: Orpheus, Sinfonische Dichtung Nr. 4 | Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, Vorspiel zu Tristan und Isolde | Strauss: Elektra Suite, Rosenkavalier Suite

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As in any good opera, the first act should make you want more. This claim is fulfilled by ACT I, the first concert program of ensemble minui, which focuses exclusively on the reduction of opera music and opens up new musical facets of the works presented.

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier | Puccini: Tosca | Dvořák: Rusalka


ensemble minui - ACT II - Cover
ensemble minui - ACT II

Published: 4.2.2022
Works by:  Giacomo Puccini, Richard Strauss, Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Label: Ars

ensemble minui - ACT I - Cover
ensemble minui - ACT I

Published: 7.2.2020
Works by: Richard Strauss, Giacomo Puccini, Antonin Dvorak
Label: Ars


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