Sacred music always creates connection, whether it’s from the Catholic, Jewish, Russian Orthodox, or any other faith. It gives us occasions for contemplation, and a sense of tranquillity that is otherwise sometimes difficult to find.
Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil – better known simply as his 'Vespers' – is one of the 20th century’s most beloved choral works. From the first note to the last it makes body and soul feel radiant. Serene and sonorous, with the basses descending to the lowest registers of the human voice, the cycle passes through the prayers of the night from dusk to dawn, an exercise in rebirth.
Sergej Rachmaninov: Nachtvigilie ('De Vespers') op. 37
INTRO (in Dutch) Jan Christiaens – 19:45 Kleine Aula Maria Theresia College
OPENING CONCERT OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR LEUVEN
For the opening concert on 27.09, the Covid Safe Ticket + mouth mask obligation applies.
Collegium Vocale Gent
As ‘good wine needs no bush’, if there is one choir that needs absolutely no introduction, it has to be Collegium Vocale, directed by conductor and KU Leuven honourary doctor Philippe Herreweghe. On this occasion, the singers will be conducted by the Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš, an undisputed specialist in Eastern European choral music. His moving interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece has been the reference recording for years.