Collegium Vocale Gent

Category:koor, ensemble (vocaal), ensemble (vocaal-instrumentaal)
Genre(s):20ste eeuw, romantiek, classicisme, barok, oude muziek
Conductor of:Philippe Herreweghe


The Collegium Vocale, one of the most outstanding Flemish musical showpieces, was founded in 1970 by Philippe Herreweghe. This group of singers was the first one to apply to vocal music the newly rediscovered stylistic principles for the authentic interpretation of baroque music. Musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt quickly showed a special interest for the fresh and dynamic approach of the ensemble, resulting in intensive collaborations. The trump card of the group consists in its capability to organise for each project an optimal cast, enabling them to interpret a repertoire ranging across a wide gamut from Renaissance polyphony to classical and romantic oratorios as well as contemporary music. More specifically the works of J.S.Bach and G.F.Händel loom large in the concert agenda. The ensemble has built up an impressive discography. In the course of the years more than 65 recordings have been realised, a cappella or in collaboration with the orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent, the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, the choir of La Chapelle Royale (Paris) and several other ensembles. Collegium Vocale has performed at all important venues and music festivals in Europe, as well as in North and South America, Asia and Australia.

Selective discography

Anton Bruckner: Mass No.2 in E minor & Te DeumAnton Bruckner: Mass No.2 in E minor & Te Deum (2020)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Anton Bruckner, Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245Bach: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 (2020)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Johann Sebastian Bach, Philippe Herreweghe
Liszt - Via CrucisLiszt - Via Crucis (2019)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Franz Liszt, Reinbert de Leeuw
Bach - Sonn und SchildBach - Sonn und Schild (2018)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, Johann Sebastian Bach
Monteverdi Claudio - Vespro della Beata VergineMonteverdi Claudio - Vespro della Beata Vergine (2018)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Claudio Monteverdi, Philippe Herreweghe
Du treuer Gott - Leipzig CantatasDu treuer Gott - Leipzig Cantatas (2017)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Johann Sebastian Bach, Philippe Herreweghe
Brahms - Symphony no.4 / Alt-Rhapsodie / SchicksalsliedBrahms - Symphony no.4 / Alt-Rhapsodie / Schicksalslied (2017)
Ann Hallenberg, Johannes Brahms, Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
Carlo Gesualdo - O Dolce Mio TesoroCarlo Gesualdo - O Dolce Mio Tesoro (2016)
early music
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, Carlo Gesualdo
Threni - Requiem canticlesThreni - Requiem canticles (2016)
20th century
Collegium Vocale Gent, Igor Stravinsky, Philippe Herreweghe, deFilharmonie
Antonín Dvorák - RequiemAntonín Dvorák - Requiem (2015)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Antonín Dvořák, Philippe Herreweghe, deFilharmonie, Ilse Eerens, Bernarda Fink, Maximilian Schmitt, Nathan Berg (...)

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

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 (...)

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