Ghent celebrates Philippe Herreweghe

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Collegium Vocale Ghent honours its founder, the versatile maestro Philippe Herreweghe, with a special concert. Herreweghe turns 70 in 2017 and will come back to his home town of Ghent in September.

With his Collegium Vocale Ghent, Herreweghe was one of the first to adapt the new understanding of the interpretation of baroque music to vocal music. This authentic, text-oriented and rhetorical approach ensured a transparent sound idiom for which the ensemble has become world famous.

In Ghent, Philippe Herreweghe is leaving his conductor’s baton at home so that for once he can sit back and enjoy his Collegium Vocale Ghent from the auditorium. Under the direction of conductor Kaspars Putninš, the choir will perform Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir. Written in 1986, the Concerto for Choir is a
perfect embodiment of this vision. The realisation that something
much bigger transcends one’s own existence drove Schnittke to
give voice to mystical medieval prayers in one of the most powerful
cycles of the whole choral repertoire.

A joint project by Collegium Vocale Ghent, Ghent Festival of Flanders, Friends of Collegium Vocale Ghent, City of Ghent, Port of Ghent and foundation Jacobus.


Alfred Schnittke
Concerto for Choir


Collegium Vocale Ghent conducted by Kaspars Putninš