Thursday, 4 October 2018 | 20:30 | Grote Aula Maria Theresia

In this programme, Krzysztof Penderecki, known mainly for his monumental works, shows himself to be a master of chamber music as well.

Instrument by instrument the musicians build up to his masterful clarinet quartet, now in a version with the Russian accordion or bayan. Penderecki himself gave An Raskin permission to make this unusual arrangement.

Penderecki is also the starting point of an essay (commissioned by Festival 20/21) by Alicja Gescinska. The central question is: can music help to elevate the human morality, or is it only a bandage on the wound that is continually being torn open again by the evil in the world?


Krzysztof Penderecki: Prelude for bajan (premiere), Cadenza for viola, For Slava for cello solo, Cadenza for violin, String Trio, Bajan quartet (premiere)

co-production Agartha


Agartha, Pieter Jansen & François Deppe

Last year An Raskin and Bram Bossier, along with Pieter Wispelwey, captivated 300 people for nearly an hour and a half with their intimate performance of the music of Sofia Gubaidulina.

This year, joining forces with Pieter Jansen (violin) and François Deppe (cello), they will focus on another living legend from Eastern Europe: Krzysztof Penderecki. Their refined performance, along with their substantiated reworking will once again shine an illuminating light upon this mysterious oeuvre.

Alicja Gescinska

It was clear that Alicja Gescinska is a good listener from her Canvas television programme Wanderlust. But the writer and philosopher also has a lot to say. In her latest essay, she explores the degree to which music can also play a part in the process, as ‘an etude in Menschwerdung’!

Grote Aula Maria Theresia

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 (Ingang Hogeschoolplein)
3000 Leuven



H. Hartkliniek, Naamsestraat 102c
Ladeuze, Ladeuzeplein 20


Lijnen 1 en 2
Halte Sint-Michielskerk

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