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From Sat 23.01.16
  • Bach Close-up

    New in Bach Academy Bruges: the Bach Close-up. In this interactive lecture-performance, Bach fanatic and gifted speaker Ignace Bossuyt and the musicians of BachPlus analyse one of Bach’s most beautiful cantatas, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit. Because this piece is a very early cantata, still greatly influenced by its predecessors, it fits in perfectly with the Buxtehude theme of the festival. Live-played music examples help you to discover what makes this cantata so special, so you can afterwards fully enjoy a complete performance.… Read more

  • Bach, before and after

    After five editions in the Our Lady of the Blind Chapel, Bach Academy Bruges moves for the first time to St. Walburga’s Church. There Bernard Foccroulle – who has complete recordings of Bach’s and Buxtehude’s organ works among his many achievements - plays Cacheux’s historic instrument from 1735. The programme promises us a colourful selection: from the early German organ school with Scheidemann and Weckmann to Foccroulle’s own compositions, such as A Tribute to Buxtehude. From the Thomas Cantor himself we hear the famous ‘Dorian’ Toccata and Fugue and a choral arrangement from Clavier-Übung III, ‘the German Organ Mass’.… Read more

  • Bach 2

    Arrangements are far from a new phenomenon. Even Bach liked to arrange the music of composers he admired, such as Vivaldi and Buxtehude. There is no objection then to five members of the Collegium Vocale Gent orchestra doing the same to the music of the two stars of this Bach Academy. These arrangements give us a fresh take on the timeless music of Bach and Buxtehude.… Read more

  • Bach. Sin and Forgiveness

    Featuring a few greatest hits, this chock-full concert by Bach specialist John Butt and his Dunedin Consort offers something for everyone and music to suit every mood. With their musical guest English countertenor Iestyn Davies, the Scots tackle, for instance, two wonderful early motets, one of which is Buxtehude’s Klag-Lied (Lament), which is as simple as it is heartrending. From the Thomas Cantor himself they perform two cantatas, the most intimate of the six Brandenburg Concertos and perhaps his most popular violin concerto, with Italian-Dutch violinist Cecilia Bernardini taking the lead.… Read more

  • Bach & Bier

    Even Bach occasional leaps right out of the box. In the appetising concept Bach & Beer we get to enjoy the best that Bruges’s city brewery De Halve Maan has to offer, plus two of Bach’s Cello Suites. American Cellist Steuart Pincombe and brewer Xavier Vanneste also provide a brief explanation. For those who wish it: after the second performance, you can dine in the adjoining brewery.… Read more

  • Bach 4

    This afternoon, playing together on one piano, regular Concertgebouw guests Inge Spinette and Jan Michiels take a dip in the world of György Kurtág. Just like the composer and his wife Márta, this duo combine Kurtág’s playful mini-compositions, Játékok, with his transcriptions of Bach’s choral preludes. In those works, Kurtág achieved a unique spirituality and serenity.… Read more

  • Bach & Bier

    Even Bach occasional leaps right out of the box. In the appetising concept Bach & Beer we get to enjoy the best that Bruges’s city brewery De Halve Maan has to offer, plus two of Bach’s Cello Suites. American Cellist Steuart Pincombe and brewer Xavier Vanneste also provide a brief explanation. For those who wish it: after the second performance, you can dine in the adjoining brewery.… Read more

  • Bach & Buxtehude. Cantatas

    As usual, Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Gent close the Bach Academy with music by the Thomas Cantor himself. This time they set Bach’s cantata Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott alongside a work by Buxtehude, with the same text and the same melody. Remember that you can also witness the preparatory work, during the open rehearsals on 20 and 21 January.… Read more

  • South American guitar music

    Swelteringly hot and fiery characters, fast and powerful rhythms, Latin-American dances with clapping and stamping, scandalous and sensual dances: during this concert of pure South American guitar music, you can picture them all. The Cuban landscape inspired Leo Brouwer to compose a rumba. He juggles rhythm and timbre and treats the guitar almost like a percussion instrument, in a way no previous composer had ever done. Argentinian Eduardo Martin manages like no other to evoke the heat and the seething blood of the South in the sweet, warm tones of Agua y mièles and the fiery character of Acrilicos en el Espacio. For her new composition, Petra Vermote drew her inspiration from Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges. In his Ficciones he ingeniously reconstructed present and past, reality and dream.  The overall sound is an ode to the varied and often imposing landscapes of Argentina. And the naturally the tango will not be missing! … Read more

  • Poetic concert trail

    ‘It was pain itself, singing behind a smile,’ wrote Federico García Lorca, outwardly happy, inwardly torn. He didn’t write to please, but to rip open the heart and then restore it, perfected. He left us vivid descriptions of the authentic Spain, where life seems to be an instinctive battle between impossible love and the omnipresence of death. It’s as if Lorca dips his pen in the great inkwell of Andalusian gypsy and flamenco culture and then adds frivolous fantasies to accentuate. During the Lorca concert trail, we go in search of ‘duende’ - the darker soul of flamenco, the chill of the tearful smile - in the music inspired by Lorca’s writing. If it’s not in the androgynous and spellbinding voice of Gregory Frateur, or in Petra Vermote’s compelling Eco del Reloj, then it’s sure to be found in the blood and ash drenched voice of Amparo Cortés, or in the klezmer adaptations of Spanish and Sephardic songs.… Read more