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From Thu 09.10.14
  • TOROBAKA

    Akram Khan & Israel Galván

    Akram Khan and Israel Galván perform together in Concertgebouw Brugge for the first time. In their joint performance TOROBAKA they combine their strengths and bring us the best of both their worlds. Spaniard Galván draws on his roots, flamenco; British Bengali Khan combines contemporary dance with Kathak, an Indian classical dance form. But this encounter is much more than a simple exchange of cultures. It is all about creating something shared, something in which it is not the art form but the essence of the dance which is central. Harking back to the very origins of voice and gesture, they strive for a version of reality that transcends imitation. Dancing without compromise, they present their audience with unconstrained and undeniable art.… Read more

  • Iedereen Klassiek

    Klara, Concertgebouw Brugge and Brugge Plus want everyone to go classical, because classical music is for everyone. It comes in all shapes and sizes, for every emotion and every occasion. Together with Klara we want to make that fantastic repertoire more familiar to the general public. During Iedereen Klassiek, we present a selection of masterpieces, covering ten centuries of musical history. But we also put you to work! The audience will have ample opportunity to join in, because few things are as much fun as making your own music. And there is more: using innovative technology, we also bring you Terry Riley’s composition In C – a milestone of musical history – via ChampdAction’s free smartphone and tablet app. E-culture at its best! Everything to convince you that it is better to discover classical music sooner rather than later. … Read more

  • Philharmonia Orchestra

    Post-war disillusionment

    The phenomenal Philharmonia Orchestra open the Province of West Flanders’ new commemorative festival ‘GoneWest’ with an entirely English programme. Central to this programme is the commemoration of World War I, which ravaged our region 100 years ago. Focus composers Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams lived through the war and this left its mark on their later compositions. Elgar wrote his Cello Concerto in 1919 with the horror and the suffering of the war still very fresh in his memory. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Pastoral Symphony, published just a few years later, is a subtly beautiful elegy for the dead and is sometimes called his War Requiem. The disillusionment and despair of the war resound powerfully in both works. Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Passchendaele looks back on the war from a 21st century perspective.… Read more

  • Anima Eterna Brugge

    Sturm und Drang. C.P.E. Bach, Haydn & Mozart

    ‘Ist wenig bekannt’ (it is little known), noted Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach on the title page of his Oboe Concertos Wq164 and 165. Nowadays, the situation has barely improved, and that even though he pushes both soloist and instrument to the limits of their technical and expressive ability in a whirlwind of Sturm und Drang. This is Fingerspitzengefühl - fingertip flair and intuition - with Bach’s unmistakable signature. Equally as recognisable is the sound of Haydn’s symphonies. His Symphony no. 57 was composed at the Esterházy court, where Haydn had superb musicians at his disposal and could thus give free reign to his creativity. Mozart composed his Piano Concerto, KV414 for himself. He described it as ‘a happy medium between what is too easy and too difficult’, saying it was ‘very brilliant’, but also ‘natural without being vapid’. Those very same qualities are shared by Anima Eterna Brugge and Jos van Immerseel.… Read more

  • Sinfonie Orchester Schöneberg

    Beethoven, Symfonie no 5 - Edward Elgar, Cello Concerto op. 85 - César Franck, Rédemption : 'Morceau symphonique'

    War and hope are the keynotes that link the compositions of this concert. The Poème-symphonie was written under the impression of the French-German war of 1870-1871, the Cello Concerto is a witness of World War I. The "per aspera ad astra" in Beethoven's Symphony no 5, however, is a plea for reconciliation and a better world.… Read more

  • Noako Yoshino, Yuko Kakuta & Het Collectief

    Hosokawa’s Roots

    Toshio Hosokawa premieres a new work, composed in dialogue with Luc Tuymans’ Concertgebouw mural Angel. Hosokawa drew his inspiration from the painted angel’s harp, but the innate connection between the two artists’ work goes further than that: in the fragile, faded colours, the intensity of the light is given a deeper dimension, both image and in sound. Hosokawa work will be premiered alongside the meditative Gesine and some Japanese Folk Songs in the Concertgebouw’s Angel Room, in the immediate vicinity of Tuymans’ Angel. ‘And I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud…’ When he was a German POW during World War II, these words from the Book of Revelation inspired Messiaen to write his famous Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Hosokawa’s Stunden-Blumen requires the same unusual line-up. Both works were pollinated by a great love of nature: Messiaen’s fascination with birds and Hosokawa’s great feeling for flower arrangement.… Read more

  • WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln & Arditti Quartet

    Hosokawa and the Colours of the Orchestra

    The four members of a string quartet are like the limbs of a single body: they can move in different directions, but they are all securely attached to each other. Toshio Hosokawa even composed a concerto in which the string quartet acted as a soloist, a four-headed monster that enters into a dialogue with the orchestra. The world-renowned WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne combine this exceptional work with 10 Sinfonias by the Dane Hans Abrahamsen. This composition is a reprise of Abrahamsen’s first string quartet, which gradually evolves from atonal to tonal. Igor Stravinsky’s Agon is a far less well-known ballet than his notorious Le Sacre du Printemps, but it is no less impressive. In Debussy we hear, as it were, music resonating from the distance, music that indirectly influenced Hosokawa.… Read more

  • String Quartet Happening

    Quatuor MP4

    If the string quartet is the pinnacle of chamber music, then a quartet of string quartets must be quartet heaven on earth! Four European stars of the string-quartet firmament each combine a Toshio Hosokawa composition with a composition by Schubert, who represents the genre’s heyday. In Hosokawa nature and the beauty of flowers is a recurring theme. It need therefore come as no surprise that his roots lie in Japan, a country where flower arranging is a higher art form. In Towards Silence John Tavener meditates on the Hindu conception of the process of dying. A reporter from The Observer wrote: ‘I know of no music that takes us quite so near to the edge of death’. Neither Schubert nor Hosokawa left behind a string quartet-quartet. Dutchman Johannes Van Bree, who did, shows us the musical and even acoustic effects of which a quartet of string quartets is capable!… Read more

  • String Quartet Happening

    EnAccord Strijkkwartet

    If the string quartet is the pinnacle of chamber music, then a quartet of string quartets must be quartet heaven on earth! Four European stars of the string-quartet firmament each combine a Toshio Hosokawa composition with a composition by Schubert, who represents the genre’s heyday. In Hosokawa nature and the beauty of flowers is a recurring theme. It need therefore come as no surprise that his roots lie in Japan, a country where flower arranging is a higher art form. In Towards Silence John Tavener meditates on the Hindu conception of the process of dying. A reporter from The Observer wrote: ‘I know of no music that takes us quite so near to the edge of death’. Neither Schubert nor Hosokawa left behind a string quartet-quartet. Dutchman Johannes Van Bree, who did, shows us the musical and even acoustic effects of which a quartet of string quartets is capable!… Read more

  • String Quartet Happening

    Quatuor Varèse

     If the string quartet is the pinnacle of chamber music, then a quartet of string quartets must be quartet heaven on earth! Four European stars of the string-quartet firmament each combine a Toshio Hosokawa composition with a composition by Schubert, who represents the genre’s heyday. In Hosokawa nature and the beauty of flowers is a recurring theme. It need therefore come as no surprise that his roots lie in Japan, a country where flower arranging is a higher art form. In Towards Silence John Tavener meditates on the Hindu conception of the process of dying. A reporter from The Observer wrote: ‘I know of no music that takes us quite so near to the edge of death’. Neither Schubert nor Hosokawa left behind a string quartet-quartet. Dutchman Johannes Van Bree, who did, shows us the musical and even acoustic effects of which a quartet of string quartets is capable!… Read more

  • String Quartet Happening

    Quatuor Zerkalo

    If the string quartet is the pinnacle of chamber music, then a quartet of string quartets must be quartet heaven on earth! Four European stars of the string-quartet firmament each combine a Toshio Hosokawa composition with a composition by Schubert, who represents the genre’s heyday. In Hosokawa nature and the beauty of flowers is a recurring theme. It need therefore come as no surprise that his roots lie in Japan, a country where flower arranging is a higher art form. In Towards Silence John Tavener meditates on the Hindu conception of the process of dying. A reporter from The Observer wrote: ‘I know of no music that takes us quite so near to the edge of death’. Neither Schubert nor Hosokawa left behind a string quartet-quartet. Dutchman Johannes Van Bree, who did, shows us the musical and even acoustic effects of which a quartet of string quartets is capable!… Read more

  • String Quartet Happening

    Quatuor MP4, EnAccord Strijkkwartet, Quatuor Varèse & Quatuor Zerkalo

    If the string quartet is the pinnacle of chamber music, then a quartet of string quartets must be quartet heaven on earth! Four European stars of the string-quartet firmament each combine a Toshio Hosokawa composition with a composition by Schubert, who represents the genre’s heyday. In Hosokawa nature and the beauty of flowers is a recurring theme. It need therefore come as no surprise that his roots lie in Japan, a country where flower arranging is a higher art form. In Towards Silence John Tavener meditates on the Hindu conception of the process of dying. A reporter from The Observer wrote: ‘I know of no music that takes us quite so near to the edge of death’. Neither Schubert nor Hosokawa left behind a string quartet-quartet. Dutchman Johannes Van Bree, who did, shows us the musical and even acoustic effects of which a quartet of string quartets is capable!… Read more

  • The Queen with no Country

    Muziektheater Transparant

    An enormous grey wave washes a whole kingdom into the sea. Only the king and his pregnant queen escape. As they look back, they see their country disappearing for ever. During their flight, the queen gives birth to a daughter. The princess grows up in a country that is not her own. She refuses to set a foot on its soil. While her parents pine away, she listens to stories about her lost country, a country she has never seen and of which she will never be queen. Or will she find a way somehow? The Queen with No Country is an enchanting tale by Paul Verrept about a child growing up with no chance of returning to her roots. Wouter Van Looy directs the story in a visual world created by Freija Van Esbroeck, supported by new music from Wim Henderickx. … Read more

  • The Queen with no country

    Muziektheater Transparant

    An enormous grey wave washes a whole kingdom into the sea. Only the king and his pregnant queen escape. As they look back, they see their country disappearing for ever. During their flight, the queen gives birth to a daughter. The princess grows up in a country that is not her own. She refuses to set a foot on its soil. While her parents pine away, she listens to stories about her lost country, a country she has never seen and of which she will never be queen. Or will she find a way somehow? The Queen with No Country is an enchanting tale by Paul Verrept about a child growing up with no chance of returning to her roots. Wouter Van Looy directs the story in a visual world created by Freija Van Esbroeck, supported by new music from Wim Henderickx. … Read more