Freiburger Barockorchester tours all over the world and records with frequency; it utilizes distinguished guest conductors on about a fourth of its public concerts, but not on recordings. Freiburger Barockorchester contributed some of the very best recordings to be issued by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi in the waning years of its association with BMG. The group's controversial recording of the J.S. Bach
Mass in B minor, led by Hengelbrock
and featuring the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, is perhaps the only recording of this work in recent memory to approach Bach
's masterwork from a genuinely new perspective. Since BMG folded its classical operation in 1999, Freiburger Barockorchester has appeared on the Virgin, Naïve, Harmonia Mundi, and Carus Verlag labels.
Freiburger Barockorchester is also known for its capability in accompanying singers, such as Sandrine Piau
and Angelika Kirchschlager
, who appears with the group on Christmas DVD entitled Sounds for Christmas. Although it did not accompany Cecilia Bartoli
on her recording Opera Proibita, Freiburger Barockorchester has accompanied Bartoli
in touring with its program, with Müllejans
leading the band. The Freiburger Barockorchester is a chamber group that is drawn from the inner ranks of the Freiburger Barockorchester.