Huelgas ensemble

Category:ensemble (vocaal-instrumentaal)
Genre(s):oude muziek
Conductor of:Paul Van Nevel


For decades already the Huelgas Ensemble has been one of the most renowned groups for the performance of medieval and Renaissance polyphony. The name refers to the Spanish Cistercian monastery near Burgos, where founding father and conductor Paul Van Nevel at 24 studied the legendary Huelgas manuscript. He founded the group in 1971 at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. A year afterwards the – then still tiny – formation was proclaimed laureate of the competition for ensembles at the Flanders Festival-Bruges. Ever since the ensemble has been on the move and keeps surprising with original programmes and with the impeccable tonal execution of works that are often unknown, discovered by Van Nevel in libraries all over Europe. Their interpretations are based on a thorough knowledge of early performance practices. Press and media acclaim the lively spontaneity and the extraordinary clarity with which the Huelgas Ensemble brings its repertoire and with which it constantly sets new norms. The group’s record of achievements is impressive: the appearance of almost every CD was a revelation and awards were showered on the overwhelming majority of the more than fifty recordings.

Selective discography

Simone de Bonefont - Missa Pro MortuisSimone de Bonefont - Missa Pro Mortuis (2020)
early music
Huelgas ensemble, Simone de Bonefont, Paul Van Nevel
The ear of Christopher ColumbusThe ear of Christopher Columbus (2019)
Huelgas ensemble, Paul Van Nevel
Hoogtepunten in de kunst van de Franco-FlamandsHoogtepunten in de kunst van de Franco-Flamands (2018)
early music
Huelgas ensemble, Jacobus Clemens Non Papa, Paul Van Nevel, Robert de Févin, Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin Desprez
Francesca Caccini: La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola d'AlcinaFrancesca Caccini: La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola d'Alcina (2018)
Huelgas ensemble, Paul Van Nevel, Francesca Caccini
In the ear of Theodoor van LoonIn the ear of Theodoor van Loon (2018)
early music, Baroque
Huelgas ensemble, Francesco Soriano, Paul Van Nevel, Paolo Quagliati, Felice Anerio, Luca Marenzio, Domenico Mazzocchi, Géry De Ghersem (...)
The ear of the HuguenotsThe ear of the Huguenots (2017)
early music
Huelgas ensemble, Paul Van Nevel, Claude Goudimel, Claude Le Jeune, Jacques Mauduit, anoniem, Giovanni Animuccia, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (...)
The Mirror of Claudio MonteverdiThe Mirror of Claudio Monteverdi (2016)
Huelgas ensemble, Claudio Monteverdi, Paul Van Nevel, Nicola Vicentino, Cesare Tudino, Giaches De Wert, Luca Marenzio
Firminus Caron - Twilight of the Middle AgesFirminus Caron - Twilight of the Middle Ages (2016)
early music
Huelgas ensemble, Paul Van Nevel, Firminus Caron
Le mystère de 'Malheur me bat'Le mystère de 'Malheur me bat' (2015)
early music
Huelgas ensemble, Paul Van Nevel, anoniem, Alexander Agricola, Jacob Obrecht, Antonio de Cabezón, Josquin Desprez, Abertijne Malcourt (...)
L'Heritage De Petrus AlamireL'Heritage De Petrus Alamire (2015)
early music
Huelgas ensemble, Petrus Alamire

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Horizon 5Horizon 5 (2014)
21st century / contemporary
Martyn Brabbins, Detlev Glanert, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Markus Stenz, Klaas De Vries, David Robertson, Richard Rijnvos, Susanna Mälkki (...)
Six siècles de Musique en Wallonie et à BruxellesSix siècles de Musique en Wallonie et à Bruxelles (2002)
classicism, Baroque, early music
Diverse uitvoerders, Orlandus Lassus, Pietro Antonio Fiocco, anoniem, Johannes Ciconia, Gilles Binchois, Johannes Tinctoris, Mateo Romero (...)

Related Items

News:Opnieuw een Diapason d'or voor het Huelgas Ensemble (16.10.2014)
Een Diapason d'or voor het Huelgas Ensemble, een Choc voor Van Immerseel (30.07.2012)
Paul Van Nevel in de kijker op Canvas (06.04.2009)
Press Clips:
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An imposing English hoard (12.08.2013)
Richafort - Requiem (06.2013)
Lassus - Massaino - Orto - R White (08.2008)
Organisations:Bibliotheek Huelgas Ensemble (bibliotheek, archief, studiecentrum)