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From Wed 23.08.17 Orchestral
  • Maria João Pires & Ashot Khachatourian

    Even in their own day, Mozart and Beethoven were kings of the classical concerto. Contemporaries were astonished by their music. Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 20, with its dazzling cadenza, was greatly admired by the young Beethoven who always kept it in his repertoire. By the time he wrote his opus 58, Beethoven had given his own twist to the genre, with a new role for the pianist. This evening, Maria João Pires plays solo and leads, and introduces a new talent: Ashot Khachatourian.… Read more

  • Brahms & Schumann

    The piano as a fiery fighter, battling against a temperamental orchestra: that’s the feel we get from Brahms’ First Piano Concerto. He composed it shortly after Robert Schumann - whom he greatly admired - had attempted to commit suicide by throwing himself into the icy Rhine. In his Second Symphony, Schumann is in far better spirits. It is a gem of orchestral colours, sharp rhythmic formulae and melancholic melodies that plumb the depths of the romantic soul.… Read more

  • Lalo, Ravel & Turnage

    Ravel and Lalo expressed their love of the south in warm, shimmering orchestral colours: Ravel in his Daphnis et Chloé, Lalo in his Cello Concerto, a forgotten masterpiece passionately rekindled for us by star cellist Gautier Capuçon. In Passchendaele, setting serene hymns alongside chilling sound bursts, Turnage evokes the 1917 battle that transformed that peaceful village into an immense tomb (or tombeau).… Read more

  • Flanders Symphony Orchestra

    Sit amidst the orchestra and experience the music physically. Sounds come from all directions, moving through space and interweaving with the audience. Get an insider’s view of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Klara voice Sander Keere and conductor Jan Latham-Koenig accompany you on this exceptional adventure. CLUB Surround invites you to enjoy a completely unique experiences, at the fount of sound production, in the grip of the vibration, in short, in the music. Once you’ve been there, you’ll never want to leave.… Read more

  • Flanders Symphony Orchestra

    Sit amidst the orchestra and experience the music physically. Sounds come from all directions, moving through space and interweaving with the audience. Get an insider’s view of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Klara voice Sander Keere and conductor Jan Latham-Koenig accompany you on this exceptional adventure. CLUB Surround invites you to enjoy a completely unique experiences, at the fount of sound production, in the grip of the vibration, in short, in the music. Once you’ve been there, you’ll never want to leave.… 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

  • War Requiem

    A cathedral of sound, that’s the very least one can say about Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. This large-scale work for two orchestras, two choirs, organ and vocal soloists was performed for the first time at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, built after the original had been destroyed in a World War II bombing raid. With this gigantic ‘sound machine’, Britten generates waves of sound that overwhelm the listener, heightening the effect of the subsequent deeply-touching poetic scenes that turn the listener’s gaze inward. Also deeply affecting is the way Britten intersperses the timeless Latin Requiem Mass with Wilfred Owen’s poignant war poetry. This World-War-I poet-soldier knew like no other how to capture the horrors of the trenches in frank, hard-hitting verse. Poetry that carries the stench of that mud, set in counterpoint to the refined chants of the funeral liturgy: there could be no more heartrending cry for lasting peace!… Read more

  • Britten. War Requiem

    A cathedral of sound, that’s the very least one can say about Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. This large-scale work for two orchestras, two choirs, organ and vocal soloists was performed for the first time at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, built after the original had been destroyed in a World War II bombing raid. With this gigantic ‘sound machine’, Britten generates waves of sound that overwhelm the listener, heightening the effect of the subsequent deeply-touching poetic scenes that turn the listener’s gaze inward. Also deeply affecting is the way Britten intersperses the timeless Latin Requiem Mass with Wilfred Owen’s poignant war poetry. This World-War-I poet-soldier knew like no other how to capture the horrors of the trenches in frank, hard-hitting verse. Poetry that carries the stench of that mud, set in counterpoint to the refined chants of the funeral liturgy: there could be no more heartrending cry for lasting peace!… Read more

  • Bernstein, Prokofiev, Eötvös & Tan Dun

    Before Austrian Martin Grubinger arrived on the scene, percussionists stood at the rear of the orchestra. Now composers such as Tan Dun and Peter Eötvös write works for them. Dun’s Tears of Nature seems to have been written for a multi-armed octopus. Eötvös also pushes the soloist to extremes. Both are right up the street of percussion acrobat Martin Grubinger. Rarely have we seen such staggering virtuosity.… Read more

  • Sabine Meyer plays Mozart

    As a product of the German school, clarinettist Sabine Meyer is known for her perfect playing of even the most complex pieces. For us - alongside one of England's oldest and most famous orchestras - she is playing Mozart's monster hit for the bassetclarinet. It’s not Dvořák's hugely popular Ninth Symphony that’s also on the programme, but his Seventh, which musicologists unanimously regard as his best. It is Dvořák's great declaration of love for the culture and the countryside of his beloved Czech homeland.  … Read more

  • Brussels Philharmonic & Giancarlo Guerrero

    As is traditional, the Concertgebouw opens the New Year with a whirl of dance music. Besides the classics of the uncrowned 'King of the Waltz', Johann Strauss Jnr., hits from the Broadway repertoire are on this year’s music stands. This eminently dashing and danceable music evokes dance tunes, drinking parties and merry festivity. Star conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, recent winner of three Grammys, unleashes his devils and treats you to fiendishly virtuosic music. Cheers! … Read more

  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

    Barking dogs, singing cuckoos and sleeping drunks… in his legendary quartet of violin concertos, The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi captures them all in meticulous music. No less legendary - already! – is the violinist B'Rock have brought to Bruges for this project brimming with evocative and narrative music. It was in this concert hall that Dmitry Sinkovsky won not only the MA Festival Competition, but also, simultaneously, the hearts of the audience.… Read more

  • Beethoven. Symphony no. 9

    Exactly 10 years after their touchstone recording of Beethoven's complete symphonies on period instruments, Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna zoom in on what many consider to be the cornerstone and showpiece of Beethoven’s orchestral oeuvre: his masterly Ninth. Completed in 1824, and blessed with even more monumental dimensions than its predecessors, this consummately crafted cathedral voices the birth of triumph from upheaval, and the journey of the soul from introspection to jubilation. Its legendarily tough score is brimming with technical challenges. With the addition of Schiller's Ode to Joy – this evening performed by a dream choir with ditto soloists - this work easily surpasses all boundaries. Prepare to be fully immersed: as an opener to this evening, born storyteller Pieter Bergé offers insight and explanation, all backed up by the necessary live musical examples.… Read more

  • Beethoven. Symphony no. 9

    Exactly 10 years after their touchstone recording of Beethoven's complete symphonies on period instruments, Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna zoom in on what many consider to be the cornerstone and showpiece of Beethoven’s orchestral oeuvre: his masterly Ninth. Completed in 1824, and blessed with even more monumental dimensions than its predecessors, this consummately crafted cathedral voices the birth of triumph from upheaval, and the journey of the soul from introspection to jubilation. Its legendarily tough score is brimming with technical challenges. With the addition of Schiller's Ode to Joy – this evening performed by a dream choir with ditto soloists - this work easily surpasses all boundaries. Prepare to be fully immersed: as an opener to this evening, born storyteller Pieter Bergé offers insight and explanation, all backed up by the necessary live musical examples.… Read more