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From Wed 17.02.16
  • Beethoven. String Trios

    Brimming with pride, the young Beethoven presented his String Trios, opus 9 as ‘the best of my works’ – he couldn’t yet know that it was his quartets that would really turn the strings world upside down. Roel Dieltiens and his musical partners guide us through Beethoven’s artistic growth, from his six-movement Trio, opus 3, which still refers to Mozart’s Divertimento, KV563, to the extremely sunny Trio in G, to the Trio in C minor. In that latter work - which is in the same, so characteristically Beethoven, highly dramatic key - we can already feel the storm and tension of String Quartet, opus 18 no. 4 surfacing. That these aren’t youthful works is confirmed by their complex, well-rounded form and melodic richness. It was with good reason that Beethoven biographer Wilhelm von Lenz said that they ‘came to the Michelangelo of instrumental music in a Raphaelesque moment of inspiration.’ … Read more

  • Stabat mater

    In the highly theatrical 17th and 18th centuries, the drama of the Passion period was one of the most natural sources of inspiration for composers. At the forefront of the repertoire of that time – besides the Passions - were musical expressions of the Stabat mater, the Lamentations of Jeremiah and the Holy Week prayers. The modern, highly expressive baroque style - which was well-suited to conveying deep, almost ungovernable emotions - developed a wide range of expressive options. This programme presents some impressive examples, with at their core Domenico Scarlatti’s famous ten-part Stabat mater and Allegri’s mythical Miserere. The Netherlands Bach Society have already shown us in Bruges that they are fluent in this style. For this programme, they are bringing along a battery of promising young singers.… Read more

  • On Sunday mornings, in the Concertgebouw, Bruges Public Library invites booklovers to make time for good literature. In its book programme Read more! authors from Flanders and the Netherlands enter into a dialogue inspired by their recent work. The interviewer asks the authors about the how and why of their books and thus enhances the pleasure of reading. Afterwards, the audience have an opportunity to talk with the authors and have their books signed.… Read more

  • Zwanenmeer

    Quite a melancholy atmosphere in this February programme, with doomed love in Tchaikovsky’s The Swan Lake and unrequited adoration in Janáček’s Sinfonietta. Fortunately, the grandeur of this latter magnum opus and Tom Landschoot’s virtuoso performance of Frank Nuyts’s Tumbleweed Concerto and Dvořák’s Silent Woods and Rondo will bring light to darkness.… Read more

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  • Bruckner’s Monumental Eighth

    As a fifteen-year-old, French Canadian composer Yannick Nézet-Séguin became completely captivated by Bruckner. The first symphony he ever conducted was therefore one by this Austrian composer. Nézet-Séguin’s much-acclaimed, inexhaustible energy and generosity are sure to come in handy in a performance of Bruckner’s monumental Eighth Symphony. With a triple strength woodwind section, a contrabassoon and three harps, as regards orchestration, this is by far his most impressive symphony. Bruno Mantovani may be French, but the German-Austrian classical-romantic tradition is closer to his heart than the music of Debussy and Ravel. He was nicknamed ‘the 21st century Mozart’ because, like Mozart, he creates something original by absorbing what he sees and hears around him. … Read more

  • Welcome to the Sound Factory! In this interactive space for sound art, a whole new world of sounds and noises opens up for you! An experienced guide takes you in tow for a two-hour workshop. We start with an experiential exploration of the Concertgebouw. During this interactive tour, the focus is on sound, experiencing sound and how the space works musically. During a second, hands-on session, you can create your own sound with the interactive installations and on the iMacs. … Read more

  • Los jardines de España

    Gypsy music, snatches of flamenco, sensual Andalusian songs and irresistible rhythms: in his Noches en los jardines de España, De Falla mixes his nature and his nurture, his Spanish roots and his French training with Paul Dukas. This southern programme by orchestra in residence Anima Eterna Brugge is brimming with ethnic influences. Although Enescu himself was far from happy with his early work, his infectious Rhapsodie roumaine became a real audience favourite. Ravel - who was part Basque through his mother - evokes the colours of the Iberian Peninsula in his Rapsodie Espagnole and in his masterpiece Tzigane, which has a starring role for young violinist Chouchane Siranossian. In Ma mère l’oye, a completely different side of Ravel comes to the fore: a fan of children’s games who has unbridled imagination.… Read more

  • Spanish and French Quartets

    Every composer who writes a string quartet approaches this time-honoured genre with a certain anxiety. That Debussy already produced a string quartet in his early thirties, testifies to his nerve – some even found it inappropriate and pretentious. After the premiere there was therefore considerable dissatisfaction: Debussy had supposedly exchanged Beethoven’s resounding cerebral constructions for nothing more than beautiful melodies. Yann Robin and Hector Parra also composed their first string quartet at a young age – and they were no less innovative and controversial than Debussy’s was in his day. Spanish Mozart, Juan de Arriaga, completes the programme. Quatuor Tana have collaborated with contemporary composers numerous times. Their great musical curiosity ensures an original sound and allows them, time and again, to get the most out of contemporary composers’ multifaceted wealth of styles and music.… Read more

  • La Vie en Rose

    Dirk Brossé is our guide in a journey along his favourite muse stories. From literature’s star-crossed lovers to the romantic-artistic alliances Rodin-Claudel and Stravinsky-Chanel: these are tales brimming with inspiration and adoration. Through their songs, Hans Peter Janssens and Jo Lemaire breathe life into their modern muses, such as Edith Piaf.… Read more

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