Portrait of Philippe Herreweghe
May 2017 marked the 70th birthday of Flemish maestro Philippe Herreweghe, who has long been one of the leading lights and conductors in the field of historical performance practice. Joining the many others wishing to congratulate him, the Kölner Philharmonie presents a tailor-made series of three portrait concerts featuring the birthday boy and the ensembles he founded. Herreweghe, who once described Johann Sebastian Bach as a "pure water spring", is joined by the choir and orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent as he again explores the exceptionally poignant beauty of the St John Passion. With the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, which he founded in 1991, he conducts an evening of pure Beethoven. After an intensive encounter with Beethoven the symphonist he turns his attention to Beethoven the choral composer. The series ends with motets by Orlande de Lassus.
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