Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent bring to Madrid the Mass in B minor: Bach like god

The next Tuesday 11 of June, National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM) BAROQUE closes its cycle UNIVERSE, scheduled in the Symphony Hall of the National Music Auditorium in Madrid, with Philippe Herreweghe in front of a whole Collegium Vocale Gent. Considered one of the best teams in the world specialized in the interpretation of Bach's work, on this visit have the Mass in B minor, Coral large obra del Canto. Dorothee sopranos Mields and Hana Blazikova, counter next to Alex Potter, the tenor Thomas Hobbs and bass Kresimir Strazanac form the staff of outstanding soloists in the evening bachiana.

Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 by a group of fellow students from the University of Ghent under the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe. It was one of the first ensembles that applied a novel approach in Baroque vocal music. His true vision, with respect to the texts and rhetoric, He gave the group the transparent sound that has earned international fame appearing in major concert halls in Europe, U.S, Russia, South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Since 2007 the ensemble runs his own summer festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi, in Tuscany, Italy.

In recent years, Collegium Vocale Gent has grown organically, becoming an extremely flexible ensemble, whose wide repertoire encompasses a wide range of different stylistic periods. German Baroque, particularly the vocal work J.S. Bach, It became quickly specialty group and is still being the "crown jewel". Today presents this music with a small ensemble in which singers do both parts of soloists and chorus of. Apart from using its own baroque orchestra, the group usually works with many prestigious ensembles of original instruments to present these projects, tales como the Orchester des Champs Elysées, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra y Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

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Herreweghe: the heart of Bach
Philippe Herreweghe was born in Ghent where he combines his studies at the university with musical training at the conservatory, where he studied piano with Marcel Gazelle. During this period he began directing and 1970 he founded the ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent. Soon, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt noticed his exceptionality and is invited to work with them in your recording project of all the cantatas of J.S. Bach.

His dynamic approach, authentic and rhetorical to Baroque music will soon won praise with criticism. In 1977 together forma el La Chapelle Royale in Paris, with which plays music from the Golden Age French. Between 1982 Y 2002 He is the artistic director of the Musical Académies of Saintes. During this period they cover other ensembles used in conjunction with each other or separately, to achieve the proper interpretation to each repertoire, from the Renaissance to contemporary music. These ensembles include the Ensemble Vocal Européen, specialized in Renaissance polyphony and the Orchester des Champs Elysées, founded in 1991 whose aim is to recreate the splendor of the romantic and pre-romantic repertoire on period instruments. Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent, They have worked intensively on the development of a large symphonic choir at European level. Since 2001 Herreweghe es el artistic director of the Academy of Crete Senesi, since 2017 This project happens to be called Festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi in Tuscany, Italy. Always looking for new musical challenges, in recent years he has worked very actively with the great symphonic repertoire from Beethoven to Stravinsky. Since 1997 He has been principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra Antwerp (deFilharmonie) both as principal guest. He runs regularly as guest orchestras such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, la Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig de la Scottish Chamber Orchestra y la Tonhalle Orchester de Zúrich.

During years, Herreweghe has built an extensive discography of over 120 recordings with all these different ensembles, for labels such as Harmonia Mundi France, Virgin Classics and Pentatone. In 2010 cover with Outthere Music, his own label φ (PHI) to act with complete artistic freedom in building a large and varied catalog. His credit include a great number of awards and titles in different places in Europe for its constant artistic vision and his tireless commitment to music. In 1990 European music press named him "Musical Personality of the Year" and 1993, junto with Collegium Vocale Gent, He is named Cultural Ambassador of Flanders. The following year he was named Knight of Arts and Letters of Belgium, and in 1997 Doctor Honoris Causa receives from the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2003 receives the prestigious title Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government. In 2010, the city of Leipzig granted the "Bach-Medaille", for his tremendous service as an interpreter of Bach. In 2017 He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ghent.

Photograph: Wouter Maeckelberghe