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From Wed 23.08.17 Middle Ages to Bach
  • Lecture about Monteverdi’s Marian vespers

    Monteverdi's most famous work, the Vespro della Beata Vergine, is undoubtedly a musical and historical monument. But despite their fame, these Marian vespers are shrouded in uncertainties. Faced with such an incredible source work, how should a performer, proceed? In this lecture, musicologist and musician Marc Vanscheeuwijck - who Philippe Herreweghe provided with musicological Monteverdi advice - undermines the image of a sacrosanct work of art.… Read more

  • Monteverdi’s greatest hits

    Monteverdi, interpreted by two of today’s most versatile and expressive tenors and characterful Norwegian mezzo Marianne Beate Kielland: a veritable celebration! 40 years after his legendary Orfeo - a brilliant synthesis of old and new - Jos van Immerseel selects favourites from music pioneer Claudio Monteverdi’s most dramatic works. For some a revelation, for others a welcome rediscovery.… Read more

  • Documentary

    On 24 February, 1607, in the Ducal Palace in Mantua, the premiere took place of what was probably the very first opera: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. This documentary - produced for cultural TV channel Arte - follows the composer of this innovation’s long journey, via documents, locations and especially music. In dialogue with present-day performers, it paints a portrait that reads like a novel. In his 76 years of life, Monteverdi got to know, among others, Veronesi and Galileo, and got to read Cervantes’ first editions.… Read more

  • Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers

    Mantua was too small for Monteverdi: the Gonzagas’ scintillating but demanding court began to feel restrictive. He therefore set his sights on a regular and prestigious church appointment as maestro di cappella. But before that could become a reality Monteverdi, who had spent years composing operas and madrigals, needed a portfolio religious music. His answer was his 1610 publication of a Mass and a collection of Vesper psalms, nowadays known as the Vespro della Beata Vergine. In this masterpiece, Monteverdi builds a bridge between the old polyphonic church music - a legacy from the Low Countries - and the burgeoning Baroque. He does so by transforming Gregorian psalm melodies into a new style that sparkles and shines with virtuosity, with vocal and instrumental parts interacting and vying to outdo each other. And even though this gem is undoubtedly Monteverdi's most famous composition, it still has plenty of secrets left to discover. Philippe Herreweghe and Peter Van Heyghen bring us their interpretation of this masterpiece. A unique concert, only being performed in Belgium once. Don’t miss it!… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Et exultavit spiritum meum

    Gripping images, alternating moods and perhaps the best-beloved central figure of all time: the Magnificat has it all. The Sixteen select the finest examples of five centuries of choral music, from the magnificent polyphony of Lassus and Victoria to some thoroughly English Magnificats from the 20th century. That the choral tradition across the Channel is still very much alive is proven by a brand new work by young Englishman Thomas Hyde.… Read more

  • Workshop: Baroque Christmas chorales

    Nowadays we know Bach's Magnificat as a powerful, compact piece of festive music. But in its initial performance it sounded completely different. At tactical moments, Bach added four laudes, additional movements referring specifically to Christmas. During this workshop in the beautiful Begijnhofkerk, Collegium Dunis and their conductor Ignace Thevelein invite the audience to sing along with this repertoire. On the 30th of November, there will be a rehearsal at the Concertgebouw at 20.00.… Read more

  • Bach. Magnificat

    Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig was a weighty responsibility: the new Thomas Cantor had to produce his most impressive music to date. No easy task, because for seven months he had been composing and performing a new cantata every week, sometimes even two. And now at Christmas he had to prove himself in a city that had been left musically hungry by the recent closure of the opera house. Bach acquitted himself magnificently. His Magnificat generates great drama on a compact scale, especially in his later version with festive trumpets. It is now the turn of our new resident artists Vox Luminis to make an impression. They complete the Christmas atmosphere with a Magnificat setting by Kuhnau - a work Bach himself undoubtedly also conducted - and from southern Germany a cantata by Pachelbel, who is nowadays best known for his Canon, but was a highly regarded organist in his day. Performing this evening, without a conductor, Vox Luminis take us deep into the music.… Read more

  • Christmas Concert. Carmina Latina

    When they went to the Americas, the Spaniards and Portuguese brought their own musical traditions with them: polyphony included. Libraries from Peru and Argentina to Mexico filled up with music from both the New and Old Worlds, inspired by the sounds enthusiastic composers heard on the street. This Christmas Leonardo García Alarcón - who can put on a party like no other - selects music that makes the heart beat faster.… Read more

  • Béatrice Massin & Compagnie Fêtes galantes

    With her passion for Baroque dance, French choreographer Béatrice Massin is sometimes called ‘a musician of space’. Her latest creation Mass B – to excerpts from Bach’s Mass in B minor, partly rearranged by sound artist Emmanuel Nappey – is a carefully balanced interplay of Baroque and contemporary dance. The result is an energetic dialogue between the individual and the group: the Art of the Fugue, but in dance.… Read more