About the Event
We have rescheduled the end of the year! Instead of the traditional time, we will be performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, commonly associated with the turn of the year, in early December. This performance follows Monteverdi's 'Christmas Vespers' that took place the day before. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony combines secular and spiritual elements, notably seen in the religious Adagio and the hymn‐like final choruses. Speaking of choirs, it is worth mentioning that this performance will be conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, who previously collaborated with Patricia Kopatchinskaja in May for Brahms and Schumann. With his choral and vocal background, Herreweghe is the ideal conductor to bring out the heavenly lightness in Beethoven's intensely resonant singing voices.
- Ludwig van Beethoven – 9. Symphonie d‐Moll op. 125
| Philippe Herreweghe
Philippe Herreweghe is a Belgian conductor. He is principally known as a conductor of Johann Sebastian Bach, the German composer who wrote over one thousand works. He is regarded by leading Bach scholars today as a founding father of the baroque authentic practice, original instrument movement and one of record label Harmonia Mundi's most prolific recording artists, with over sixty albums to his name. His early training as a chorister and assistant choirmaster in a Jesuit school was complemented by piano studies at the Ghent Conservatory. At university Herreweghe studied psychiatry and formed a 12‐person choir devoted to the revolutionary performing practices of Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and the Kuijken brothers.
| Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
In 1991 Philippe Herreweghe founded the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées. He named it after the theatre to which it was initially affiliated. Its aim: to perform classical and romantic works on the instruments used when the pieces were written. In order to achieve a convincing sound, Herreweghe demands original instruments or, if necessary, has them reconstructed, studying the makeup and placements of period orchestras. After starting with Haydn and Mozart, he has now advanced with his work to Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner.
| Collegium Vocale Gent
Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 on the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe.