ConductorPaul Van Nevel
Works by Matheus de Sancto Johanne, Jacob Clement, Charles de Courbes, Alexander Agricola, Cipriano de Rore, Nicolas Gombert, Claude Le Jeune and Guillaume Costeley
A Polyphonic Kaleidoscope 1350 - 1600
A search for the most beautiful polyphonic music
The well-known Belgian writer Geert van Istendael describes conductor Paul Van Nevel of the Huelgas Ensemble as a kind of detective. The reason for this is his tireless research in libraries and archives to find the most beautiful polyphonic music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, constantly unearthing new unknown compositions.
For over 30 years now, the Huelgas Ensemble has been surprising worldwide audiences with this new found repertoire, presented in perfect, surprisingly intense performances. Understated emotion and exceptional clarity are the Huelgas Ensemble’s trademarks.
During the Choral Biennale the ensemble will return to the natural habitat of polyphonic music, written for cathedrals. In the Great or St. Bavo Church, the listener will experience the wonderful connection between this music for vocal ensembles and the imposing architecture. Intimate courtly love songs complete this kaleidoscope.
Concert without intermission
Introduction to the concert from 19:30-20:00 hours.