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From Tue 23.05.17 Chamber music
  • Walking with the csakan

    Musical instrument and weapon - at the very least, it’s a curious combination. The Hungarian csakan, a descendant of the shepherd's flute, was shaped like a walking stick. It enjoyed a brief, but brilliant life in art music. In the early 19th century, Anton Heberle played an adapted version in a Budapest concert and started a rage that was picked up a few years later in Vienna by Ernst Krähmer, who gave the csakan a new oboe-like form. It’s a musical curiosity. But it’s one that has enthralled award-winning recorder player Jan Van Hoecke. With his newly built csakan, he explores a fascinating corner of musical history. His travelling companion is Andorran guitarist Albert Pià, who performs a couple of classics – such as Giuliani’s Grande ouverture - on his own magnificent period instrument. Together they also expand the csakan repertoire, with their own arrangements of, among others, Paganini. Spectacular!… Read more

  • Telemann & co

    A premiere for the MAfestival: for one morning only, the members of the jury of the International Competition Musica Antiqua trade places with the contestants. Johan Huys, Jan De Winne, Xenia Löffler, Dorothee Oberlinger, Enrico Onofri, Marco Testori, and Mieneke van der Velden go on stage in different line-ups, paying tribute to the emperor of chamber music: G. P. Telemann.… Read more

  • Melody Instruments

    On the final day of the International Competition Musica Antiqua 2017, the finalists challenge each other. The young musicians interpret excerpts from Une nuit à Monte-Carlo, a composition of the Belgian Karel Goeyvaerts (1923-1993). During the Telemann-year, concertos of the German Baroque composer are a must on the program of this promising musicians.… Read more

  • Brahms & Kurtág

    Brahms, the master of grand constructions, in counterpoint to Hungarian composer Kurtág, the master of simplicity. Brahms’ sonatas give prominence to the song of the cello. Whereas in Kurtág's musical language, the instruments seem to be conversing in sign language, creating tiny islands of sound of unprecedented expressiveness. In the Hungarian hands of Miklós Perényi and Dénes Várjon - a former student of Kurtág – these jewels truly glitter.… Read more

  • Debussy, Stravinsky, Prokofiev & Vermeirsch

    In this concert the young Vermeirsch duo bring us a sample sheet of 20th-century cello music. While Debussy explore new horizons and playing techniques, Stravinsky breathes new life into the Baroque idiom, with a wink to Pergolesi. In his Cello Sonata, Prokofiev walks the tightrope between innovation and condemnation by the Soviet regime. Curious to hear which fruits this cello odyssey yields in the work of Felix Vermeirsch himself!… Read more

  • Gatto plays Beethoven’s violin sonatas

    Unlike Mozart 20 years earlier, Ludwig van Beethoven managed to make ends meet without any official position or patron. This freedom contributed to the idealised image of the artist as a brilliant independent creator - a theme that pianist Julien Libeer and cultural historian Tom Verschaffel examine closely. With the help of Lorenzo Gatto, Libeer illustrates this transformation by playing both Beethoven's first violin sonata and his last. … Read more

  • A feast of classical music

    Anyone who has attended in recent years will confirm it: this is a veritable feast of classical music. Classical music comes in all shapes and sizes, for every emotion and every occasion: Iedereen Klassiek bathes everyone and everything in a joyful classical-music bath. Together with initiator Klara and many Bruges-based partners, the Concertgebouw is putting together a lavish celebration, with offshoots all over the inner city. As always, we warm up with Crazy about Bach and close with the wonderful Brussels Philharmonic, this time performing some well-known classics. Invite your family and friends to this free event, so that they too can discover the power and beauty of Bach, Beethoven and Bruges.… Read more

  • Schubert & Dvořák

    Schubert’s String Quintet is a masterpiece of 19th-century chamber music. He composed this emotional piece – which includes a second cello, to enhance its sonority in the low register – two months before his death. But it was only decades later, when listeners recognised the supernatural beauty of its musical lines, that the work got the appreciation it deserved. Fifty years later, Dvořák wrote his exceptionally rich String Sextet. Its compelling Slavic style won’t leave you unmoved.… Read more

  • Telemann. Recorder Sonatas

    In his heyday, Telemann was more famous than Bach. But nowadays? Although he wrote more than 6,000 extremely varied works, Telemann's music is seldom heard. High time then that we turned the spotlight on this Baroque giant, especially in this his anniversary year- he died 250 years ago. In this concert, recorder superstar Erik Bosgraaf and Italian harpsichordist Francesco Corti perform Telemann's Recorder Sonatas: the cheery, ingenious, heart-warming music Telemann used to explore the popular European music styles of his day.… Read more

  • Erewhon. Symphony for percussion and visuals

    In Brehon - Hugues Dufourt’s symphony for six percussionists and as many as 150 percussion instruments - the composer describes the birth and transformation of sound: waves, streams, shimmers, vibrations, turbulences... Saharan drums, Turkish cymbals and Thai gongs create an imaginary landscape à la Edgar Allan Poe. Six Royal Conservatory percussionists accept the challenge of bringing this marvellous tour de force back to life 51 years after its premiere. Media Arts students from KASK add visuals to this gem, via video projections.… Read more

  • Percussion versus electronics

    Each technological advance extends human capabilities, but is also, simultaneously, an amputation. In their new works for percussion and electronics, Wim Henderickx and Serge Verstockt play with this duality. From a gentle but unsettling rustling in a pitch dark concert hall, to ecstatic drum 'n' bass and breathtaking sound fields: in three short concerts percussion and electronic instruments play the leading role. Music that is bound to grab you by the throat.… Read more

  • Koen Plaetinck & Miyoune Kim

    Would Bach turn in his grave at the thought of his music being played on a modern instrument like the marimba? We don’t know. Probably not. Bach also liked to experiment with unusual instruments. Koen Plaetinck plays Bach’s work on the marimba. And because four mallets aren’t enough for the Goldberg Variations, he is aided in this by Miyoune Kim. With thirty variations, the aria has something for everyone: dazzling virtuosity alternating with ingenious counterpoint, hushed moments set off by technical tours de force.… Read more