Season
2016
2017
Program
René Jacobs conducts B'Rock and the Musica Aeterna chorus in the Italian version of this rarely performed masterpiece.

Alceste

12, 14, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28 Aug 2016
What is truth, and how much pain are we willing to suffer for it? These pertinent questions were the inspiration for And You Must Suffer, the new version of the St John Passion.

And You Must Suffer

09, 11 Sep 2016
28, 29 Mar 2017
How are we to deal with the global crisis? The director Wouter Van Looy puts this question in Earth Diver, inspired by two controversial philosophers.

Earth Diver

21, 22, 23, 24 Sep 2016
For this explosion of brilliant Venetian colour alla francese, B'Rock joins forces with three spuperb singers: soprano Karina Gauvin, contralto Sonia Prina and bass Ugo Guagliardo.

La Senna Festeggiante

29, 30 Sep 2016
11, 13, 14 Jan 2017
Are baroque instruments only suited to baroque music? Not in B'Rock's world.

Baroque 360°

28 Oct 2016
05 Nov 2016
Since we all have to die, it is better to meet death dancing: this is what Jean Gilles' Requiem seems to tell us.

Requiem

09, 12, 13, 16, 17 Nov 2016
When you hear the jubilant words 'Jauchzet, frohlocket!', you know it's time for your annual encounter with the finest Christmas music of all time.

Weihnachts Oratorium

15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22 Dec 2016
This series, entitled I SAY TO YOU, will offer alternative New Year concerts in which music and speech enter into an inspiring dialogue. The main guest in the first in the series is Dyab Abou Jahjah.

I Say To You

07 Jan 2017
Vivaldi threw his unique range of seductive techniques into the struggle: compelling ritornelli, sparkling melodies, virtuoso dialogues between the soloist(s) and the orchestra, and a matchless rhythmic verve.

Harmonic Inspirations I

06, 10 Jan 2017
26 Feb 2017
02 Mar 2017
03, 10 May 2017
A feast of innovative string music with works from Antonio Vivaldi, Gyorgy Ligeti, Steve Reich, Karel Goeyvaerts and Matt Wright.

Harmonic Inspirations II

16, 17 Feb 2017
B'Rock and a cast of superb singers, conducted by René Jacobs, tell this story of fidelity and seduction, doubt and catharsis.

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

14, 16, 18, 19, 22 Mar 2017
With their selection from such 'late' works as the Haffner, Prague and 'Jupiter' symphonies, B'Rock demonstrates how Mozart's disarming cantabile prompts even the instrumentalists to sing.

Mozart. Life, love & lust

31 May 2017
02, 04, 06, 07, 09 Jun 2017
About: Opera Seria
Shirley Apthorp
Financial Times, 10.02.2016
About: A Baroque X-mas
Andrew Benson Wilson
Early Music Reviews, 12.12.2015
About: Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena

<<Das Ensemble füllte Partitur und Saal mit Spaß und Energie, Leidenschaft und Einfühlung. Mit Dynamik, den typisch burlesk-deftigen Streicher-Rhythmen und der Erlebnismaschinerie aus Oboe, Flöte, Flauto piccolo, Kastagnetten, Tambourin, Schellenring, Glöckchen, Trommeln, Windmacher und Hörnern brannte B'Rock ein mitreißendes, farbiges Effektfeuerwerk ab.>>

Jens Klier
Bachtrack, 26.11.2015
About: Die Schöpfung

About: The Creation
Ingo Hoddick
RP Online, 02.09.2015
About: In Furore

<<Great afternoon with B'Rock Orchestra at the BBC Proms - thrilling music making.>>

Petroc Trelawny
BBC Radio 3, 08.08.2015
About: Weihnachts-oratorium

<<Everything moves with a suppleness and elegance that only athletes can achieve>>

Frederike Berntsen
Trouw, 17.12.2014
About: G.F. Handel - Orlando Cd

<<Their fully focused approach and tremendous sharpness, which predominates constantly, seems to be the key for a breathtaking performance.>>

Hildegard Maertens
Kwadratuur, 24.10.2014
About: G.F. Handel - Orlando Cd

<<The Belgian baroque orchestra B'Rock is a well-oiled machine that sparks with the right conductor, which totally happens here. A well-balanced sound was noticed already from the overture. The orchestra played accurate and articulated subtle, but also kept space when necessary.>>

Annemarie Peeters
De Standaard, 21.05.2014
About: Arthur

About: Arthur
Shirley Apthorp
Financial Times, 21.03.2014
News

Discover season 2016 - 2017

For the last few years our motto has been: beyond baroque. In the 2016–2017 season, in dialogue with an increasingly extensive and international audience, we shall again be continuing to define our role and significance as a baroque orchestra in the here and now.

 

At the present time we are faced with political, social and cultural tensions that we have not experienced for decades. Our thoughts and feelings on European cultural identity, on what we have in common and what divides us, and on our shared future, are put into sharp focus. The cracks and contrasts are becoming ever larger. Music and art are able to reconcile and unite. They enrich us with special insights and stimulate our critical thought. A great deal has already been written about the healing power of music, and we remain absolutely convinced it is true. So it is no surprise that several of our productions are once again linked to such current topics as multiculturalism, religion, environment, despair, exile and uncertainty.

 

From The Creation, in which Haydn's Die Schöpfung is set against an impressive video installation by Julian Rosefeldt, through Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and Gluck's Alceste, to And You Must Suffer, in which Bach's St John Passion is combined with the Arabic poetry of Etel Adnan. I SAY TO YOU is a new series of alternative New Year concerts we are starting with NTGent, in which music and the spoken word enter into an inspiring dialogue. The main guest this first time is Dyab Abou Jahjah, an enfant terrible in the social debate, but also a human rights activist, columnist, a former leading light in the Arab- European League, and the founder of Movement X. In his talk he draws up a present-day balance of topics such as barbarism and the ideals of the French Revolution.

 

The Baroque of course remains our first love, but are our instruments suited only to early music? Not in the B'Rock world, where past and present sometimes sample each other with curiosity and sometimes embrace each other like old friends.

 

The 2016-2017 season reads like a perfect rendering of our mission: sparkling, fully-committed concerts, keen and bold choices from the repertoire, lively music theatre, opera and a variety of in-between forms. In this regard we like to be inspired and enthused by leading soloists, conductors, directors, artists and thinkers. Such familiar artists as René Jacobs, Peter Dijkstra, Andreas Spering, Pierre Audi, Johan Simons, Wouter Van Looy and Muziektheater Transparant will be joining us again, but we also have some new and refreshing partners including Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis, ChorWerk Ruhr and the Musica Aeterna chorus from Perm in Russia.

 

Music that is newly composed but suited to our historical instruments plays an increasing part in our work. We are certainly looking forward to the production entitled Baroque 360°, in which we shall be giving the first performances of three new solo concertos for baroque ensemble plus a single, special solo instrument: the Japanese sho, live electronics and the human voice.

 

Lastly, we are proud to announce a new, structural partnership with NTGent, and two long-term residencies at deSingel and the Opéra de Rouen. We thank our partners and you, our fine and generous audience. We hope to be able to welcome you once again to our new season.

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La Monnaie lets you discover all of its opera productions for free on the internet. L'Opera Seria is available from 14 March to 11 September 2016 included. Get to know the star soprano Stonatrilla and artistic director Fallito and discover what a "mestier maledetto!" the theater is. 

 

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B'Rock: best ensemble of 2015

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!'

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