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From its home port of Bruges, string orchestra BRYGGEN boldly sets course for the North, along the routes of the Hanseatic League, all the way to Scandinavia and the Baltic. In search of new sounds and connection to the wide world around. With united/unified forces, now moving against the current, then harmoniously bathing in the tranquillity of immeasurably deep fjords.

Be transported by BRYGGEN – Bruges Strings!

Concerts

BRYGGEN & Pieter Wispelwey

Fri — 15/03/2024 20:00 Concertgebouw Brugge

‘The Protecting Veil’ was originally written as a short piece at the request of cellist Steven Isserlis, but quickly developed into a more substantial work commissioned by the BBC for the 1989 Proms season. Like many of Tavener’s compositions, this work reflects the composer’s Russian Orthodox faith.
Eight Marian icons underlie the work through which Tavener sought to capture the cosmic power of the Mother of God. Above all, the British composer wants to underline and express the importance of the feminine. Although this work expresses a clear subject, you can simply enjoy the pure music.

‘The Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi is perhaps one of the most famous classical music pieces of all time. Some swear sacredly by their timeless genius, others view them as ‘overplayed’. British composer Max Richter – known for his cinematic and minimalist music – felt impelled several years ago to take a new approach to this masterpiece. Richter left out as much as 75% of the original score. The other 25% he spun through a kind of minimalist, layered looping.
The result is ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter’.

PROGRAM

J. Tavener. The Protecting Veil
M. Richter. The Four Seasons Recomposed

Soloists: Pieter Wispelwey, cello & Jolente De Maeyer, violin

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BRYGGEN & Pieter Wispelwey

Sat — 16/03/2024 20:30 Abdijkerk Grimbergen

‘The Protecting Veil’ was originally written as a short piece at the request of cellist Steven Isserlis, but quickly developed into a more substantial work commissioned by the BBC for the 1989 Proms season. Like many of Tavener’s compositions, this work reflects the composer’s Russian Orthodox faith.
Eight Marian icons underlie the work through which Tavener sought to capture the cosmic power of the Mother of God. Above all, the British composer wants to underline and express the importance of the feminine. Although this work expresses a clear subject, you can simply enjoy the pure music.

‘The Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi is perhaps one of the most famous classical music pieces of all time. Some swear sacredly by their timeless genius, others view them as ‘overplayed’. British composer Max Richter – known for his cinematic and minimalist music – felt impelled several years ago to take a new approach to this masterpiece. Richter left out as much as 75% of the original score. The other 25% he spun through a kind of minimalist, layered looping.
The result is ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter’.

PROGRAM

J. Tavener. The Protecting Veil
M. Richter. The Four Seasons Recomposed

Soloists: Pieter Wispelwey, cello & Jolente De Maeyer, violin

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