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Philippe Herreweghe: Collegium Vocale Gent

Philippe Herreweghe: Collegium Vocale Gent

Philippe Herreweghe: Collegium Vocale Gent


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 Read more on Last.fm
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. The repertoire of Collegium Vocale Ghent is not limited to one particular stylistic period.

The ensemble’s greatest strength is that it can put together the ideal combination of voices for performing Renaissance polyphony, Classical and Romantic oratorios or contemporary music. Baroque music, and in particular the works of J.S. Bach and G.F. Händel, is the mainstay of the ensemble’s concert schedule. The ensemble has built up an extensive discography of over 65 recordings under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, both singing a cappella and accompanied by the baroque orchestra of Collegium Vocale Ghent or the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, primarily with the Harmonia Mundi France and Virgin Classics labels.

Recent CDs include the masterful Psalmi Davidis Poenitentialis (Penitential Psalms) by Orlandus Lassus (HMC901831.32) and Heinrich Schütz’s Opus Ultimum ‘Schwanengesang’ (HMC 901895.96) and J.S.Bach cantatas Christus, der ist mein Leben (HMC 901969). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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