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From Wed 22.03.17
  • Miserere Alternativo

    The legendary Miserere by Allegri remains, four centuries after its first performance, one of the most beloved a cappella choral works ever written. And yet the version we so love nowadays is in fact a ‘bootleg’ version from the 18th century. The Flemish Radio Choir will perform an older version, unknown but just as (if not more) gripping.That this work continues to provide inspiration to this day is clear from the work of the composer James MacMillan: a deeply religious man, in his contemporary Miserere he reaches back to that of Allegri. The Miserere by the Flemish composer Rudi Tas combines respect for tradition with contemporary influences. In the case of John Tavener, it was the Orthodox rather than the Catholic liturgy that inspired his Svyati: the moment of departure, when the coffin is closed and the deceased’s body leaves the church – the temporal becomes the eternal. … Read more

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  • In ancient times, China was known as the Land of the Divine. Everyone, from emperors to the common people, believed that their culture was a divine gift. They lived in harmony with the universe and saw a connection among all things. This culture was carried on for thousands of years—until it was lost. We now invite you to revisit this lost civilization. To make the journey possible, we
had to push the boundaries of performing arts.
This production combines ancient dance with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. We let classical Chinese dance do the storytelling, and share with you the beautifully diverse worlds of ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with an enchanting orchestral sound, this is a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else. Watch the trailer and reactions.… Read more

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  • Shakespeare’s Sweet Harmony

    400 years after the death of William Shakespeare, the young British singers of Stile Antico reveal the musical side of England's greatest writer. His plays and poems are bulging with references to music, even though only a few examples of his poetry set to music still survive. Those works, by Shakespeare’s contemporaries Thomas Morley and Robert Johnson, are performed here alongside other music that illustrates his time. Think of his patron, the Protestant King James I, for whom Tomkins and Weelkes wrote extravagant coronation anthems. Or think of the intriguing links the bard maintained with secret Catholics, with William Byrd as their magnificent spokesman. The programme is completed by two brand-new Shakespeare arrangements, by Nico Muhly and Huw Watkins, composed specifically for Stile Antico.… Read more

  • Tchaikovsky & Beethoven

    Young Argentinean cellist Sol Gabetta has caused quite a stir in recent years, with her ravishing but subtle cello playing. Orchestras and soloists are queueing up to work with her. With its tender romanticism, playful humour and mischievous sparring matches, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations are perfect for Gabetta. In this work Tchaikovsky proves himself to be a brilliant orchestrator, uniting Western inspiration and Russian folk art in a virtuoso musical language that is not in the least bit influenced by 18th century music. For Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations Sol Gabetta is accompanied by the Kammerorchester Basel, conducted by Giovanni Antonini. This orchestra reaped great success here earlier playing music by Ludwig van Beethoven. This time too they perform a work by the great composer: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.… Read more

  • Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & Münchner Kammerspiele

    In Meg Stuart’s new production, six performers and three musicians meet in a place that could be either a nightclub or an arena: a louche, underground retreat, a place of longing and illusion. To the sound of throbbing basses, jazzy piano and percussion, they optimistically try to meet impossible deadlines. After using her own artistic and personal biography as a starting point in her solo work Hunter (2014), choreographer Stuart is now taking her inspiration from people who have withdrawn from reality and invented their own fantastic set of rules. The performers become these ‘freaky insiders’, who interact and connect in their own uncomfortable way. Vacillating between naivety and despair in a world in which they seem to fade away and disappear, they feel compelled to seek out other identities or a new reality.… Read more

  • Classical with a twist

    Friendship gives rise to the finest, most personal music. That is proven by these four composers. Each of their works was created for and dedicated to a close friend. In this amicable programme, Steven Isserlis builds a bridge between St. Petersburg, Moscow and Paris. But these works’ geographic origin is actually less important than their unshakeable shared foundation: Ludwig van Beethoven. By harking back to an ultra-German sonata form in France, Onslow set himself outside the French mainstream. With his clear, expressive sonata, Shostakovich, on the other hand – worried about his position in Soviet Russia - was probably trying his level best to fit in, much to the annoyance of Western avant-garde. Steven Isserlis, who was recently our guest in Bruges for his own Domain, draws on all of his musicality for this extraordinary portrait of his instrument. Discover how the cello could radically change its identity in just half century.… Read more

  • Goerner plays Rachmaninov

    After the disastrous initial reception of his First Symphony, the highly sensitive Rachmaninov needed three years of psychotherapy and hypnotic rehabilitation before he dared to write another note. The work with which he overcame the agonising failure of his symphony was his Second Piano Concerto, which he unsurprisingly dedicated to his therapist. Whereas his First Piano Concerto begins aggressively, his Second begins with a bell-like tolling on the piano that swells up from nowhere. This concerto requires technical mastery and analytical thoroughness. Qualities that pianist Nelson Goerner certainly has, as well as his obvious rhetorical talent. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra pair this immensely popular work with Debussy's most influential orchestral works. In La Mer Debussy paints maritime panoramas with orchestral pastels, whereas in Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, his enchanting sound poem, he opens with mellifluous flute tones. Russian and French splendour reconciled in one concert. … Read more

  • Rachmaninov & Prokofiev

    After its disastrous premiere, Prokofiev shelved his Cello Concerto. After hearing it played many years later by 22-year-old Mstislav Rostropovich, however, he dusted it off. Following Rostropovich’s advice, he reworked it, incorporated his characteristic trademark: dissonance coupled with lyrical passages, and renamed it Sinfonia Concertante. A similar fate befell Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. It was rarely performed for ten years after its premiere. With its powerful Stravinsky-like expressionist harmonies, grotesque passages à la Prokofiev and a rhythmic vivacity so typical of Rachmaninov's later works it could easily have been his Fourth Symphony. Not Russian, but inspired by Russian folk festivals is Connesson’s Maslenitsa. This reference to the old Russia, dreamt by a Frenchman, depicts exuberant joy mingled with suffering. It’s a tribute to the country and the music Connesson loves so much.      … Read more

  • Visual and musical trail

    Hoping not to lose track of the poetry, accordionist Barbara Ardenois and visual artist Anneleen De Causmaecker - together DUOBAAN – explore the boundaries between music and performance and sound and image: small, compact, close to the audience, stimulating and a little crazy. Both ladies have a taste for the contemporary - both in image and music - and prefer to work with 20th and 21st century composers. For Concertgebouw Brugge, they create a sound trail, with ping-pong balls, crackling cassette players and a new composition for accordion and sticky tape. The concert ends in the Chamber Music Hall, where De Causmaecker builds a space-filling light installation and Ardenois plays Gubaidulina’s De profundis. … Read more

  • Lumière III (Belgian premiere)

    After the resounding success of his last performance in Bruges, Berlin electronic producer Robert Henke brings his latest brainchild, Lumière III, to Concertgebouw Brugge. Using high-precision lasers and computer coding algorithms, light dances to drones, glitches and sonic textures. Within Henke’s own software, lasers become visual musical instruments, possessing unique properties and emergent behaviours. Drawing with light by aid of rapid, moving mirrors, is creating high tech calligraphy, the resulting artefact and the precision of the process are two facets of one overarching technique. Sound is vision is sound, treated as one absolute unity. Lumière III is a performance on the edge of concert and visual arts.  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. He is famous around the world for his impressive sound art installations, while playing his shows to sold-out halls.… Read more


    Berlin electronics wizard and key figure in the electronic music world Alva Noto (pseudonym of Carsten Nicolai, co-founder of the Raster-Noton label) presents his new audio-visual show UNIEQAV in Bruges. In his shows, Alva Noto blends sound and image/light. In his solo shows and his collaborations with icons such as Ryoji Ikeda, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten), a purely mathematical, minimalist aesthetic shines through. Together with long-time collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto received a Golden Globe nomination for the soundtrack of The Revenant.  Sound designer Yves De Mey (formerly Eavesdropper) makes electronic ‘musique concrète’, which ranges from ambient music to abstract, rhythmic constructions to noise music and techno. In De Mey’s futuristic musical language, slow rhythmic pulses resonate against a background of dense, organic clouds of sound. Armed with an arsenal of tape recorders, field recordings and synthesisers, sound artist Mathieu Serruys creates intimate experimental music.  His misty tape loops, delicate drones and love of analogue imperfections make his music unique.… Read more

  • Marble Sounds extra large - Exclusief concert!

    Concertgebouw Brugge and Cactus Muziekcentrum once again make MORE MUSIC! – now in its fifth edition - a fascinating encounter between divergent musical worlds. This punchy, atmospheric, total concept takes its audience on an adventurous musical trip by inviting national and international artists who are at the forefront of the latest musical trends. These innovators come in all shapes and sizes: from singer-songwriter and spoken-word performers to electronics trailblazers and challenging multimedia projects. Four exciting musical evenings with pioneers of pop and electronics.… Read more

  • Let the magical golden voice of Tamino-Amir Moharam Fouad blow you away!

    Tamino Moharam Faoud was born in Belgium as the son of a Belgian mother and an Egyptian father. In his music you hear the influence of his Arabic roots as well as his love for songwriters such as Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith. Belgium's next bing thing! Tickets: More Music… Read more