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Huelgas Ensemble - Gallus - Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht
« on: October 30, 2014, 01:34:30 pm »

Date: 30th August, 2014
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Huelgas Ensemble - Bio

For over forty years the Huelgas Ensemble has been one of the most celebrated ensembles specialising in the performance of polyphonic music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The ensemble is well known worldwide for its inventive programming, particularly of unknown masterpieces, delighting audiences again and again with fresh perspectives and the purest intonation.

The Huelgas Ensemble has performed in some of the world’s finest musical centres, including the BBC Proms in London, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Cité de la musique in Paris, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, as well as the Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon). The ensemble also appears regularly at the greatest festivals for early music, where it often performs in its “natural habitat” of ancient chapels, churches and abbeys, thus building an interdisciplinary bridge between architecture and polyphony through its concerts.

Performances by the Huelgas Ensemble are characterized by an in-depth knowledge of the aesthetics and concepts of musical and vocal practices of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. The media and critics alike regularly heap praise on the ensemble for its lively and innovative approach to the repertoire, continuously setting the highest standards in its field. It is precisely for this reason that more and more contemporary composers seek the ensemble out to perform their works (Rihm, MacMillan).

The discography of the Huelgas Ensemble encompasses over sixty recordings of vocal and instrumental music from the thirteenth up to the end of the sixteenth century, for example: Dufay, Brumel, de Rore, Richafort, de Kerle, Ferrabosco, Palestrina, Lassus and Ashewell. These recordings have appeared on a variety of labels, including Seon, Sony Classical, Harmonia Mundi France, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and ECM. The discography of 2012 – 2014 includes “The Eton Choirbook”, the “Melanges” of Claude Le Jeune, “Das Ohr von Zurbarán“ and a recording of “Et lux“, a work for eight singers and string quartet by the German composer Wolfgang Rihm.

Awards include: various Caecilia prizes of the Belgian press, as well as "Choc du Monde de la Musique" and the "Diapason d’Or", the Edison Prize, Cannes Classical Award for Early Music, "Prix in Honorem" of the Académie Charles Cros, the "Carrièreprijs" of the classical music radio station “Klara“, a commendation of the “Europese Radio-Unie” and the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation, alongside the German music award Echo Klassik 1994, 1997, 2010 and 2011.

Huelgas Ensemble is subsidised by the Flemish Government, the city of Louvain and the Catholic University of Louvain .
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