Philippe Herreweghe, © Photo: Michiel Hendryckx
O tempo, o ciel ! Roland de Lassus
Eglise de l'Oratoire du Louvre, Paris - Main Hall
About the Event
The soloists of the Collegium Vocale Gent and the Hathor Consort perform, under the musical direction of Philippe Herreweghe, a selection of madrigals by 16th century composer Roland de Lassus.
During his lifetime, De Lassus was celebrated as the 'Prince of musicians' and was a favorite of several princely courts. During his stay in Italy in the 1580s, he composed a series of madrigals featured on the program of this concert, expressing a touching melancholy and showing the deep maturity of his work.
de Lassus, Roland
Madrigali novamente composti a 5 voci (1585)
de Lassus, Roland
Madrigali a 4-5-6 voci, novamente composti (1587)
Collegium Vocale Gent (Choir)
Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 on the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe.
It was one of the first ensembles to use the then-new ideas about baroque practice in vocal music performances. Musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt immediately took an interest in the Flemish ensemble’s fresh, new approach, which led to intensive collaboration.
In the mid-1980s the ensemble acquired international fame and was invited to all the major concert halls and music festivals of Europe, Israel, the United States, Russian, South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.
Herreweghe, Philippe (Conductor)
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.
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