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Philippe Herreweghe conducts Beethoven — Orchestre des Champs-Elysées

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
(France)
1hr 30mins including 20mins intermission
Esplanade Concert Hall
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“The orchestra has developed into a beautifully blended body of musicians, ideal for Herreweghe's meticulously researched interpretations.” The Guardian

The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, led by artistic director and principal conductor Philippe Herreweghe, makes its Esplanade Concert Hall debut with two of Beethoven’s most famous symphonies.

Experience Beethoven’s signature works as the well-loved composer meant for them to be heard, on the 190th anniversary of his death, as the orchestra performs using only instruments that existed during Beethoven’s lifetime.

The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées is devoted to the performance of music written from the mid-18th to the early 20th century, and has been in residence at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. The orchestra has also performed in major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna and the Barbican Centre in London, and has toured Japan, Korea, China and Australia.

Artistic director and principal conductor Philippe Herreweghe is the recipient of numerous European awards for his artistic imagination and commitment, and in 1990 was named by the European press as the “Musical Personality of the Year”.

Programme:
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major

About Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées is devoted to the performance of music written from the mid XVIII to the early XX centuries (Haydn-Mahler) played on the instruments that existed during the composer's lifetime.

For several years, the Orchestra has been in residence at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, performed in almost all the major concert halls such as the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Barbican Centre (London), Alter Oper (Frankfurt), the Philharmonic Halls in Berlin and Munich, the Gewandhaus (Leipzig), the Lincoln Center (New York), Parco della Musica (Rome) and the Auditoriums of Dijon and Lucerne. The orchestra also toured Japan, Korea, China and Australia.

Philippe Herreweghe is the artistic director and principal conductor, but the orchestra played under several guest conductors, among them Daniel Harding, Christian Zacharias, Louis Langrée, Hans Holliger, Christophe Coin, and René Jacobs. The Orchestre des Champs Elysées feels passionately about offering an innovative approach to music and therefore, at each one of its concerts it offers the possibility of public rehearsals, conferences, or meetings and workshops with classes of school children.

The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, partner of the TAP – Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, is funded by the French Ministry of Culture and the government of the Poitou-Charentes region.

The Orchestra's extensive discography include:
Mozart Requiem, Mass in C minor
Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Ninth Symphony, Complete Works for violin and orchestra
Brahms German Requiem – Mendelssohn Elijah, Paulus, Midsummer Night's Dream
Schumann Scenes From Faust, Cello Concerto, Symphonies
Berlioz Enfance du Christ, Nuits d'Eté
Fauré Requiem
Bruckner 4th, 5th & 7th Symphonies – Mass N.3
Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Symphony N.4

About Conductor, Philippe Herreweghe

Herreweghe’s energetic, authentic and rhetorical approach to baroque music was soon drawing praise. In 1977 he founded the ensemble La Chapelle Royale in Paris, with whom he performed music of the French Golden Age. From 1982 to 2002 he was artistic director of the Académies Musicales de Saintes. During this period, he founded several new ensembles with whom he made historically appropriate and well-thought-out interpretations of repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to contemporary music. They include the Ensemble Vocal Européen, specialised in Renaissance polyphony, and the Orchestre des Champs Élysées, founded in 1991 with the aim of playing Romantic and pre-Romantic repertoire on original instruments. Since 2009, Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent have been actively working on the development of a large European-level symphonic choir, at the invitation of the prestigious Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

Philippe Herreweghe continually seeks out new musical challenges, and for some time has been very active performing the great symphonic works, from Beethoven to Gustav Mahler. Since 1997 he has been the musical director of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie). He was appointed permanent guest conductor of the Netherlands’ Radio Chamber Philharmonic since 2008. He is also in great demand as a guest conductor with orchestras such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig and the Berlin-based Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Over the years, Philippe Herreweghe has built up an extensive discography of more than 100 recordings with all these different ensembles, on such labels as Harmonia Mundi France, Virgin Classics and Pentatone. Highlights include the Lagrime di San Pietro of Lassus, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Schumann, Mahler’s song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, Pierrot Lunaire by Schonberg and the Symphony of Psalms by Stravinsky. In 2010 he founded his own label φ (PHI), in order to give himself full artistic freedom to build up a rich and varied catalogue. The first recordings, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.4 (PHI-001), J.S.Bach motets (PHI-002), have been released, followed by a new recording of Bach’s Mass in B minor and a recording of works by Johannes Brahms. Philippe Herreweghe has received numerous European awards for his consistent artistic imagination and commitment. In 1990 the European music press named him “Musical Personality of the Year”. Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent were appointed “Cultural Ambassadors of Flanders” in 1993.

A year later he was awarded the Belgian order of Officier des Arts et Lettres, and in 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2003 he received the French title Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. Lastly, in 2010 the city of Leipzig awarded him its Bach- Medaille for his great service as a performer of Bach.

More info via: www.collegiumvocalegent.com / www.orchestredeschampselysees.com / www.defilharmonie.com

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