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Collegium Vocale

Collegium Vocale

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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. Since 2009 a collaboration has been set up with the Accademia Chigiana in Siena for the performance of the major symphonic repertoire and recruitment of singers at the European level. Baroque music, and in particular the works of J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel, 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 Elysees, primarily with the Harmonia Mundi France and Virgin Classics labels. Recent CDs include the splendid Cantiones Sacrae sex vocum by Orlandus Lassus (HMC901984) and J.S.Bach's cantatas Jesu, deine Passion (HMC901998). In 2010 Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No.9 will be released by Pentatone.

Collegium Vocale Ghent has worked with various baroque orchestras and ensembles such as the Freiburger Barockorchester and Ricercar Consort as well as with traditional symphony orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. Besides Philippe Herreweghe the ensemble has been conducted by leading conductors such as Sigiswald Kuijken, Rene Jacobs, Daniel Reuss, Philippe Pierlot, Paul Van Nevel, Bernard Haitink, Ivan Fischer, Marcus Creed, James Wood and Peter Phillips.

Collegium Vocale Ghent is sponsored by the Flemish Community, the Province of Eastern Flanders and the city of Ghent.

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Collegium Vocale : J S Bach - Mit Friend and Freud : 00  1 CD : Johann Sebastian Bach :

Collegium Vocale : J S Bach - Mit Friend and Freud

Review: The theme of death and dying was one of the favourite themes of Bach and his contemporaries in their cantatas - that "musical theology" which was held in such high esteem in deeply Lutheran Northern Germany. Composed between 1723 and 1725, the three cantatas on this record treat the subject from different angles: the expectation of a "marvellous dawn", the final departure in peace and joy, and the vanity of earthly existence. There is "no consolation on earth", but only in heaven - what other composer, what other artist succeeded in expressing this consolation with such depth, or with such obviousness as Bach?

Songlist: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, Warum betrubst du dich, mein Herz

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