Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi is an annual music festival under the artistic direction of Philippe Herreweghe in the beautiful region of the Crete Senesi in Tuscany.
In 1970, Philippe Herreweghe founded the Ghent choir Collegium Vocale Gent. They were one of the first ensembles to use new ideas about baroque performance practice in vocal music. Authenticity is the core concept on which Collegium Vocale measures the value of music.
About this historical execution practice, Bert Schreurs, general director of the company, writes
What we can do is to try to rid musical tradition of the ‘noise’ that inevitably arises in the transfer from one generation of musicians to the next, with utmost care and precision. This basic attitude is of essential importance and is embedded in the concept of authenticity. Accordingly, authenticity in its original sense of ‘made with one’s own hands’ (…).
Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi 2019: from Sunday 28 July until Friday 2 August
The program for 2019 looks as promising as always. The festival opens with a lively party in Asciano. As usual, the Poggibonsi fanfare blows the Festival on its way and treats the festival with a festive glass of prosecco on the terrace of Piazza Garibaldi / Bar Hervé. Beautiful musicians provide a varied evening: Ensemble Masques, soprano Eleanor Lyons and pianist Stanislav Solovev, the ensemble Mala Punica led by Pedro Memelsdorff and Philippe Thuriot as a closing.
There are also famous musicians as pianist Nelson Goerner, cellist Andreas Brantelid and lead singer Christoph Prégardien. Members of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam play a chamber music concert on Monday and Friday, respectively. The Edding Quartet will play an intimate late-night concert on Wednesday evening, and accordionist Philippe Thuriot will end the day with a free improvisation concert on the outdoor stage at Bar Hervé on Monday and Thursday evening.
In 2019 the Collegium Vocale Gent guarantees two refined evenings full of music and poetry. On 30 July, the magnificent O Primavera by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) is on the program. The soloists of Collegium Vocale Gent conclude the festival on Friday evening, August 2 at the Monasterio Sant'Anna in Camprena with the Psalms Davids by Heinrich Schütz.
Read the full program here on the website of the Music Festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi.
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