Philippe Herreweghe - By Himself

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Label: HARMONIA MUNDI
Catalog: 2908226/28
Format: CD + DVD

Philippe Herreweghe, conductor; Collegium Vocale Ghent; La Chapelle Royale; Ensemble Vocal Européen; Orchestre des Champs-Elysées; Ensemble Musique Üblïque

Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthåus-Passion, Cantates BWV 8, 75, 91, 170; Renaissance: Lassus, Monteverdi, Schein; The XVIIth Century: Schütz, Purcell, Gilles; From the Classical to the Romanticism: Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann; From Vienna to Berlin: Bruckner, Mahler, Schoenberg, Weill; In paradisum: Fauré

The recording career of Philippe Herreweghe in two CDs with 28 tracks, divided into six chapters, plus one DVD! The maestro himself made the selection of 28 tracks from a discography including nearly 100 records! His necessarily subjective choices end up sketching a revealing portrait of an interpreter equally at home in Renaissance polyphony, a scherzo by Bruckner, or the St. Matthew Passion. The splendid film directed by Sandrine Willems (DVD) only serves to confirm this: she followed the maestro through a series of working sessions at the Saints Festival, by turns rhetorician in a Bach cantata and jocular in Beethoven's ninth...

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