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From Sat 12.03.16
  • Uninhibited & humorous

    Mauricio Kagel is known as a composer with a keen sense of humour, provocative ideas and the daring to turn conventions upside down with his music. Die Stücke der Windrose is no exception to this rule. Musical references to local colour, clichés and even downright kitschy elements are uninhibitedly combined with more ‘modern’ sounding material. This is music written with imagination and relativising humour. And it invites the listener to experience that same imagination and playfulness. The same is true of Kantrimiusik, more or less Kagel’s Pastoral, with a thunder storm, birdsong, galloping horses and folk music. But, as usual in Kagel’s work, such elements are never simply illustrative: the work explores, parodies and comments on the various aspects of the pastoral. Kagel even invents his own ‘traditional folk music’. An evening which will bring many a smile to your face. Just as Kagel intended!… Read more

  • From Frescobaldi to Bach

    In this harpsichord recital, Rinaldo Alessandrini pursues a spark, a spark that even made it over the Alps. The fire began to smoulder with Girolamo Frescobaldi’s early, virtuoso Baroque works. After decades in which vocal music reigned supreme - first strict polyphony, then later mainly madrigals – he proved that the same expressiveness could be achieved on the keyboard, without any words. There’s no better example of Frescobaldi’s glittering genius than his endless creative variations Cento partite on a simple passacaglia theme. Frescobaldi’s published scores and those of his contemporaries then reached northern Germany, where numerous organist-composers found them a source of inspiration, Bach maybe most of all. This evening we hear some of his most Italian-tinted works: a series of highly demanding variations and the dramatic Capriccio, an expressive early Bach piece, full of imitations.… Read more

  • Alessandro Scarlatti. Caino

    Cain versus Abel, the first murder in human history, was a popular theme in 18th century Italy. Scarlatti composed this oratorio – a ‘religious entertainment’ according to its title page – for the Valhalla of baroque opera: Venice. His story of the bloody fratricide therefore combines the dramatic power of the opera with the burning conviction of the Counter Reformation. Good and Evil, God and Lucifer are diametrically opposed. Cain bewails his sins. Adam and Eve mourn. The voice of the deceased Abel’s high and fragile voice comforts them from heaven. Terrifying thundering in the orchestra, sweet shepherds’ tunes and outrageously beautiful vocal lines: this baroque thriller offers us more than enough suspense to keep us glued to the edge of our seats.… Read more

  • J.S. Bach

    deCHORALE is an Antwerp-based oratorio choir, that consists of some hundred motivated singers and the ambitious conductor Paul Dinneweth. We aim to set the bar high, and we feel public and press applaud us for that. In 2016 our choir will be founded a hundred years ago. We want to give the festivities the notoriety this birthday deserves with a performance of the St Matthew Passion with ensemble a and an extraordinary cast with Thomas Blondelle, Hilde Coppé, Joris Derder, Rob Cuppens, Annelis Meskens and Matthew Zadow.… Read more

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  • Reviving 5000 years of civilization

    Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired. A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops. Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, where traditional culture has been nearly lost. Yet Shen Yun – a non-profit organization – has become an international phenomenon, bringing the wonders of ancient Chinese culture to millions across the globe. Trailer… Read more

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  • Reviving 5000 years of civilization

    Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired. A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops. Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, where traditional culture has been nearly lost. Yet Shen Yun – a non-profit organization – has become an international phenomenon, bringing the wonders of ancient Chinese culture to millions across the globe. Trailer… Read more

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  • Schubert for fourhanded piano

    ‘Patience, subtlety of tone and strength: that’s what you want to hear when somebody plays Schubert. At the keyboard of their sparkling pianoforte, Nicolas Callot and Lucas Blondeel achieve the perfect balance between subtle creativity and deep respect,’ writes the newspaper De Standaard. Franz Schubert was the first composer to write so many major works for fourhanded piano. Besides lighter dances and marches, he composed some of his greatest masterpieces for that format. The juxtaposition of humanity and anxiety and of happiness and tragedy make Shubert’s music particularly special. He is able to move you to tears in two chords. Callot and Blondeel, who were advised by Herreweghe and Bilson, bring us a concert experience brimming with emotion.… Read more

  • Christian Rizzo / ICI — CCN Montpellier

    Frenchman Christian Rizzo makes his first appearance at the Concertgebouw, and this with D’après une histoire vraie, the sensation of the 2013Avignon Festival. A memory of a group of folk dancers inspired him to create this work. In it eight bearded men combine contemporary dance with popular Mediterranean dance, brought to the boil by live drummers. It is a moving ode to friendship, togetherness, the celebration of life, mutual loyalty, toughness and vulnerability. ‘An explosion of vitality’, wrote Les Echos.  To call Rizzo multifaceted would be an understatement. Before he began working with contemporary dance and theatre in the 1990s, he had founded a rock band, developed a clothing line and studied visual arts. His particular fondness for image and music can be clearly seen in the dance performances of his company ICI — CCN Montpellier.… Read more

  • Zonzo Compagnie

    BerBerio revolves around the world of Italian composer Luciano Berio. The guide is an equally outrageous and hilarious figure, inspired by Cathy Berberian, Luciano Berio’s immortal, hypertalented singer and muse. Without her the Italian composer would never have become who he was. Together with us, she looks forward into the future, whilst simultaneously looking back at history. She turns the musician-audience relationship upside down and actually turns music into politics. In a series of multimedia settings, acoustic music and electronic sounds alternate with each other. Video footage opens the door to new situations. This performance takes youngsters on an adventurous exploration of the unique musical world of Luciano Berio. … Read more

  • de NADA

    De NADA/live is a cross-fertilisation between music and image. Peter De Bruyne’s projected images and Daan’s live music enhance and inspire each other. Daan and Peter De Bruyne travel through arid, deserted landscapes in search of a place that comes close to nothingness. Somewhere between Tremp and Luna they stumble on the village of De NADA. This strange landscape, almost a vacuum, overexposed and with the sound on mute, is an ideal studio and set for a whimsical musical and photographic process. A Canvas camera crew accompany Daan and De Bruyne on this road trip. Daan: ‘Nothing is as wonderful as making music in silence. Peter: ‘Shifting the focus from nothing to something, portraying the silence, preferably grainy, sometimes digital. The documentary de NADA/docu will be broadcast on Canvas in the autumn of 2015 and the spring of 2016.… Read more

  • Robert Henke - Lumière II

    Grischa Lichtenberger  (20.00) Discovered by Alva Noto and signed to his Berlin cult label Raster-Noton, music producer, visual artist and installation artist Grischa Lichtenberger is storming his way through the world's biggest electronica festivals. His hypnotic electronica - with its highly energetic beats and vibrant melodies – sends the listener into a hallucinatory trance. By injecting his arsenal of field recordings with noise and drones, Lichtenberger transports us to his own unique sonic planet.  Robert Henke - Lumière II  (21.00) Berlin electronics producer Robert Henke (Monolake) brings his latest brainchild, Lumière II, to Concertgebouw Brugge. Impressive and overwhelming breakbeat techno set alongside fragile and delicate ambient. By combining his music with powerful lasers, Henke achieves a total audio-visual synaesthesia: music is image is music. Lumière II is, to put it mildly, a visionary audio-visual work. As co-founder of techno-act Monolake and developer of the popular music software Ableton Live, Henke is one of electronic music’s most influential innovators.  … Read more

  • An Evening with Efterklang

    With a career that now spans more than 15 years, Efterklang are one of Denmark’s most influential indie bands. Over those years, they’ve built up a ground-breaking oeuvre, influenced by experimental pop, electronics and contemporary classical. Their characteristic orchestral music constantly alternates between subtlety and bombast, performed with a virtuoso ear for composition, sound and melody.  In 2014 core band members Casper Clausen, Mads Brauer and Rasmus Stolberg took a sabbatical to revitalise Efterklang and to focus on the future. This resulted in a new band project and an opera. The dynamic trio also found time to launch a festival in Berlin and set up an online radio station, The Lake, in Copenhagen.  During REVERBERATIONS, Efterklang present the Belgian premiere of the new opera LEAVES - The Colour of Falling (concert version). The opera composed by Karsten Fundal and Efterklang with English lyrics by Ursula Andkjær Olsen premiered at Copenhagen Opera Festival Summer 2015 and consists of 11 haunting songs about tragedy and lost love, carried by a highly distinctive sound, in which acoustic elements are interwoven with electronics. For this Efterklang are joined by eight additional musicians and four additional vocalists. Later in the evening, there will be a concert by new band LIIMA, a collaboration between Efterklang and Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö.  There will also be screenings of An Island and The Ghost of Piramida, two film projects in which the band was involved. The music in the MM!-Café will be streamed from Copenhagen by The Lake Radio.… Read more