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From Fri 09.12.16
  • Monteverdi’s masters

    Plagiarism? Far from it! When Monteverdi emulated or even imitated his masters, it was simply a respectful tribute. As a young gambist in Mantua, Monteverdi was able to observe and copy stars such as Giaches De Wert. A pair of the greatest poets of the age, Guarini and Tasso, were also present. Their artistic ambitions turned out to be perfectly in tune with Monteverdi's own musical ambitions: it was all about emotion, the text took precedence over the music, the listener had to feel! All sorts of highly expressive new genres arose from that revolution, the seconda prattica. Over the past few years, Les Arts Florissants, led by Paul Agnew, have been studying Monteverdi's eight books of madrigals. During their first visit to Bruges, they will perform his work in its correct musical and poetic context. The greatest emotions in the smallest configuration. … Read more

  • Lecture-performance by Robin Verheyen

    Saxophonist Robin Verheyen probably feels most at home in the New York jazz scene nowadays, but he has far from forgotten his Old World roots. After a challenging project based on Guillaume de Machaut for MAfestival 2014, he is now setting his sights on the music of the Thomas Cantor, especially for Bach Academy Bruges. On Wednesday evening he is performing with his quartet, but this evening he is already giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of his latest project. Discover how a jazzman can turn a melody into a completely new work.… Read more

  • The Bach Riddles

    Bach’s Musical Offering is actually a game gone wild. In 1747, when he was already rather elderly, Bach allowed himself to be feted by the music-loving King Frederick II of Prussia. ‘In exchange’ Frederick gave Bach a musical theme and invited him to improvise on it. At the king’s summer palace, Sanssouci, surrounded by one of Europe's finest instrument collections, that challenge was transformed into an undisputed musical monument. Bach's classic example of counterpoint inspired saxophonist Robin Verheyen to also dip his toe into Bach's Baroque world. After all, theme and variation is the basis of the jazz that has given him his comet-like career. In this latest project, he and three top colleagues from both sides of the Atlantic search for the essence of music.… Read more

  • Andersson Dance & Scottish Ensemble

    With Goldberg Variations - ternary patterns for insomnia, Glasgow’s Scottish Ensemble and Stockholm choreographer Örjan Andersson present a unique collaboration between dance and live music. Bach composed the Goldberg Variations - an instrumental aria followed by thirty ‘variations’ - in 1742 for the clavier. The Scottish Ensemble, however, perform Sitkovetsky's world-famous transcription for strings, written for Bach Year 1985. This performance - with eleven musicians and five dancers, who transform and interpret the musical notes and our perception in a unique fashion - is a veritable delight for ear and eye.… Read more

  • Bach. Sonn und Schild

    Tradition has it that Luther made his revolutionary position public on the eve of All Saints Day. That made 31 October the ‘anniversary’ of the Lutheran Church and the occasion for several of Bach’s most imposing cantatas. Collegium Vocale Ghent opens Bach Academy Bruges in a festive manner with the Overture for trumpets and tympani, followed by one of Bach’s Reformationsfest works, Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild. After the interval we hear the Missa Brevis that was probably performed during the same service in Leipzig.… Read more

  • Bach on the lute

    The young French-American Thomas Dunford brings the first evening of this Academy at the Concertgebouw to a close with what is perhaps the most intimate of baroque instruments: the lute. Bach himself only wrote a few works for it, but that does not prevent Dunford from adapting Bach and combining an original by the master with his own arrangements. In this recital you will hear two suites and an arrangement of the Ciaccona from the Second Violin Partita, which although monumental is almost unplayable on the violin.… Read more

  • Zonzo Compagnie

    Zonzo Compagnie are conquering the world with intriguing performances, based on the work of fascinating musicians and composers. The music of John Cage, Miles Davis and Luciano Berio has previously been given their unique treatment. This time it’s the turn of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach is a monument, a wizard of sound and melody, a genius who weaves together dizzying fugues, preludes, corals and partitas and who is still topping the charts 250 years after his death. In 3ACH, a stairway to heaven the Zonzo Compagnie present two violinists who guide us through the world of Bach. Together they weave Bach's melodies into matchless harmonies. In this multimedia performance, the audience is swept up and immersed in what many believe is the most beautiful music ever written.… Read more

  • Bach and the chorale

    Singing chorales is something it’s better to do together. In St Walburga’s Church, Philippe Herreweghe is therefore conducting both his ensemble and the audience in several Lutheran classics. The common thread is Bach’s organ music, performed by Maude Gratton on the historical Cacheux organ, and an early setting of Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV80 – the better-known version can be heard on Sunday. In the middle of the cantata, at the point where in Bach’s day a long sermon was given, we now hear a modern reflection on the theme of revolution, spoken by Josse De Pauw. Note for chorale singers: the rehearsal starts at 1.45 pm.… Read more

  • Zonzo Compagnie

    Zonzo Compagnie are conquering the world with intriguing performances, based on the work of fascinating musicians and composers. The music of John Cage, Miles Davis and Luciano Berio has previously been given their unique treatment. This time it’s the turn of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach is a monument, a wizard of sound and melody, a genius who weaves together dizzying fugues, preludes, corals and partitas and who is still topping the charts 250 years after his death. In B-ACH the Zonzo Compagnie present two violinists who guide us through the world of Bach. Together they weave Bach's melodies into matchless harmonies. In this multimedia performance, the audience is swept up and immersed in what many believe is the most beautiful music ever written.… Read more