B'Rock and the mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi prove that virtuosity need not be gratuitous
10 Jul 2015
07, 08 Aug 2015
10 Sep 2015
Conducted by René Jacobs, B'Rock and Collegium Vocale Ghent pay a tribute to the cosmically splendid colours of this timeless masterpiece.
27, 29 Aug 2015
02, 24, 26, 28 Sep 2015
B'Rock is paying tribute to both Pergolesi and Bach in the company of the soprano Lenneke Ruiten and alto Wiebke Lehmkuhl.
For Heaven's Sake
14, 15 Sep 2015
01, 02 Oct 2015
B'Rock has been in existence for ten years. To celebrate, the orchestra is pulling out all the stops, with its concertmaster Rodolfo Richter at the helm.
22, 23 Oct 2015
Francesco Bartolomeo Conti's inventive score is a masterly parody of opera seria and its heroic arias. René Jacobs leads B'Rock and a cast of singing stars through this little-known gem.
Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena
15, 17, 25 Nov 2015
In this richly variegated Christmas programme, B'Rock follows the star of the baroque through Europe.
A Baroque X-mas
10, 11, 12 Dec 2015
This programme is served with the purest Italian ingredients, forgotten vegetables from the 17th century. Composers like Biagio Marini, Andrea Falconieri and contemporaries colour your plate with exquisite flavours... served by B'Rock XS.
30 Jan 2016
René Jacobs explores Gassmann's lyrical talent and the production is directed by the Anglo-Irish uomo universale Patrick Kinmonth. B'Rock and a superb cast of soloists step into the shoes of their fictional 18th-century predecessors.
09, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17 Feb 2016
What is truth, and how much pain are we willing to suffer for it? These questions inspired B'Rock and the Philharmonic Chorus of Wroclaw to present an innovative St John Passion.
And you must suffer
10, 11, 12 Mar 2016
B'Rock pays a fourth tribute to Mozart, together with Alexander Melnikov
29 May 2016
05, 08, 10 Jun 2016
On Saturday night there were celebrations at deSingel in Antwerp where B'Rock was presented with the Klara award for best ensemble of the year 2015. This prestigious prize was awarded to the orchestra for 'constantly striving to achieve quality and for its great international leap forward in 2015.' Each year Radio Klara hands out seven music awards. One of these is the prize for best soloist or ensemble of the year. All the musicians and staff at B'Rock were delighted with this recognition of their work and took the opportunity to thank all their partners, audiences, friends and authorities for their confidence over the years. Also to congratulate all the other winners, especially Sigiswald Kuijken, with whom some of the B'Rock musicians have worked together for many years. A list of the other winners is available at www.klara.be.
Over the coming days and weeks B'Rock have been invited by De Munt to play at the Royal Circus in Brussels. On the programme is L'Opera Seria, a crazy opera by Florian Leopold Gassmann. The title of this 1769 opera suggests the opposite of what the work really is, namely an incisive sendup of opera seria. In his parody, Gassmann responds to a popular trend of the second half of the 18th century. Together with Calsabigi, he created an opera company that has been given precisely one day in which to perform a work. However, with artists who are only interested in their own 'moment of glory', and a composer and librettist who are out for each other's blood, a good outcome is far from assured. And in the end it turns out that the impresario has run off with the evening's box office takings: 'Oh Teatro! Oh mestier maledetto!'
'It was from the brain of a demon that the notion emerged of opera as the scourge of mankind.' Gassmann's 1769 opera is a comic narrative that aims its fire at opera seria. In this parody, Gassmann was responding to a popular trend in the second half of the 18th century. Together with Calzabigi, he presents an opera company that has only one day to prepare an opera for the stage. But with performers who are only interested in their own 'moment of glory' and a composer and a librettist who are at daggers drawn, a positive outcome is by no means assured. And at the end it turns out that the impresario has run off with the night's takings: 'Oh Teatro! Oh mestier maledetto!' La Monnaie is entering into the spirit of this work. And so is René Jacobs, who rediscovered the score. We are still waiting to find out who will direct and who will do the sets, costumes, and lighting. Long live the unexpected!
Also Canvas TV celebrates the tenth birthday of B'Rock Orchestra. In August, the TV channel has filmed the 'In Furore'-concert with Dmitry Sinkovsky and mezzo soprana Mary-Ellen Nesi during MAfestival in Bruges. Now, Canvas shows the concert fully on their website. 'In Furore' deals with the virtuosity in the music of Vivaldi, Geminiani and Caldara. Watch and enjoy!