At St Peter's Church in Oostkamp, B'Rock pays tribute to two indispensable instruments of the baroque orchestra: the trumpet and the organ.
28 Aug 2014
It is remarkable that Handel has written several works for harp. B'Rock will be playing two of them in this programme: the renowned sinfonia from Saul and the harp concerto that was heard at the first performance of Alexander's Feast or The Power of Music in 1736.
The Power of Music
30 Aug 2014
The Flemish novelist Peter Verhelst modernised this fiery war legend. Together with director Paul Koek, he rewrote the libretto and breathed new life into the intrigue. The background rumbles with the horror of the First World War...
12, 13, 18, 20, 27 Sep 2014
In the 1720s Bach and several of his contemporaries together wrote an everlasting repertoire of orchestral music full of virtuoso fireworks and sonorous expressiveness.
The virtuoso 1720s
22, 23 Oct 2014
11, 12 Nov 2014
Since its first performance in Dublin on 13th April 1742, Handel's Messiah has been one of the indisputable icons of Western music. But do we know this oratorio as well as we think?
29, 30 Nov 2014
When you hear the joyous words «Jauchzet, frohlocket!», you know that it's time for your annual rendezvous with the finest Christmas music of all time.
13, 16, 17, 20, 21 Dec 2014
B'Rock is turning the spotlight on Luigi Boccherini, an Italian composer and cello virtuoso who for a long time was overshadowed by his classical fellow composers
Mozart and Haydn.
12, 13, 14, 15 Feb 2015
The music of Georg Philipp Telemann often receives less attention than it deserves. His oeuvre includes a wealth of musical surprises, such as the 1755 Passion oratorio
Der Tod Jesu.
Der Tod Jesu
24 Feb 2015
B'Rock proves how modern early music can sound, and vice versa. A surprising and exciting concert for those out to make musical discoveries.
10, 12, 13 Mar 2015
23 Apr 2015
Yellow Lounge is a trendy classical music evening with brief live sets by world-renowned classical musicians. Klarafestival brings this concept to Brussels for the first time.
19 Mar 2015
From Rebel to Pärt, and from Schnittke to Bach. By throwing convention to the winds and giving free rein to their imagination, B'Rock demonstrates that the story of the early music movement is by no means over.
25 Apr 2015
The third part of B'Rock's notable ode to Mozart is devoted to his triumphal progress through Prague. Mozart had more success in this 'golden city' than anywhere else.
Mozart in Prague
22, 24 May 2015
Alessandro Scarlatti's serenata Venere e Adone has the most appropriate overall title of Il Giardino d'Amore: it is not only the characters of Venus and Adonis that come emphatically to life, but also nature.
Il giardino d'amore
13, 14, 16, 17 Jun 2015
The third part of B'Rock's notable ode to Mozart is devoted to his triumphal progress through Prague. Mozart had more success in this 'golden city' than anywhere else, especially with his opera buffa. It was between Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni that he composed what came to be called the Prague Symphony. The concentrated adagio introduction to the first movement gives a foretaste of the melancholy and dramatic tone of Don Giovanni. But these shadows are soon cast out in the brilliant Allegro, which, with its chirruping counterpoint, looks ahead to the overture of Die Zauberflöte. The soprano Sophie Karthäuser offers a suitable response to some of the finest arias from these operas.
In his orchestral suite Les Elements, the French composer Jean-Féry Rebel illustrates how earth, water, fire and air rise up out of the universal chaos to form a new and harmonious order. When one hears the hair-raisingly dissonant opening chord of this simphonie nouvelle for the first time, one would probably associate Rebel more with the 20th century than the baroque court of the Sun King, where, encouraged by Lully, he worked his way up into the highest echelons of music. But contemporary composers sometimes mislead their listeners too. For example, in his Collage über B-A-C-H, Arvo Pärt swings between baroque and modern sounds, and his meditative Tabula Rasa double concerto would not go amiss alongside Rebel's Tombeau de Mr Lully, a subdued tribute to his mentor. B'Rock proves how modern early music can sound, and vice versa. A surprising and exciting concert for those out to make musical discoveries.
B'Rock will perform this concert in Belgium, as the opening concert of the Flanders Festival Kortrijk (23 April) and during the Bach Weekend at Flagey (25 April).
Conducted by René Jacobs and together with the RIAS Kammerchor and the fantastic soloists Sunhae Im, Bernarda Fink, Martin Lattke (Benjamin Bruns in Brussels) and Dominik Köninger, B'Rock Orchestra perfomed the Weihnachtsoratorium by J.S. Bach. With this programme the orchestra also debuted in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and went on a tour through Italy to finish in Brussels and Antwerp.
Press and public responded very positive:
"This is how it sounded like: everything smooth and elegant, like only the best athletes can." **** (Trouw)
"Eccellente esecuzione dell'Oratorio di Natale da parte di Rene Jacobs" (Voce d'Italia)
Those who would like to hear the concert, can click on the video above. The second part is to be found via this link.