Jos van Immerseel

Biography

Born: November 9, 1945; Antwerp, Belgium  
Jos van Immerseel is an outstanding period keyboard player who has been heard on the clavicembalo and fortepiano. Eugene Tracy, Flor Peeters, and Kenneth Gilbert were his instructors at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, where he won first prizes in piano, organ, and harpsichord between 1961 and 1971. During that period, he also won a number of competitions, culminating with the winning of the inaugural Paris Forum International de Clavecin in Read more 1973. He is in demand as a soloist around the world, traveling with his own fortepiano at times, known for his musical receptiveness and responsiveness and his improvisational skills. He founded the Collegium Musicum in Antwerp, conducting that ensemble and the Collegium Vocale to expand his interest in Renaissance and Baroque music. In 1985, he found the orchestra Anima Eterna, also a period instrument group, which he has conducted from the keyboard. Much of his performing is focused on music of the Classical and early Romantic eras, although he has also recorded songs of Fauré with Max van Egmond, and of Debussy with Sandrine Plau, and the music of César Franck. Vera Beths and Anner Bylsma regularly perform and record with him, as well, most notably in Schubert's chamber works.

In addition to his performing and recording, van Immerseel keeps busy with writing articles and reviews, producing radio programs, and teaching. He has taught at the Antwerp Conservatory and Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatory; used the instruments in Antwerp's Vleeshuis Museum to give classes for its academy; and since 1992 has been on the faculty of the Paris Conservatoire.

Van Immerseel records for Channel Classics and Sony, among other labels. His Beethoven piano concerto recordings with Tafelmusik were noted for the cadenzas, which he wrote in keeping with the capabilities of the period instrument. However, one of his finest achievements is his recording of the fortepiano version of Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ. Read less

Biography

Born: November 9, 1945; Antwerp, Belgium  
Jos van Immerseel is an outstanding period keyboard player who has been heard on the clavicembalo and fortepiano. Eugene Tracy, Flor Peeters, and Kenneth Gilbert were his instructors at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, where he won first prizes in piano, organ, and harpsichord between 1961 and 1971. During that period, he also won a number of competitions, culminating with the winning of the inaugural Paris Forum International de Clavecin in Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: Fortune plango vulnera
I. Primo vere: Veris leta facies
I. Primo vere: Omnia sol temperat
I. Primo vere: Ecce gratum
Uf dem anger: Tanz
Uf dem anger: Floret Silva
Uf dem anger: Chramer, gip die varwe mir
Uf dem anger: Reie
Uf dem anger: Were diu werlt alle min
II. In taberna: Estuans interius
II. In taberna: Olim lacus colueram
II. In taberna: Ego sum abbas
II. In taberna: In taberna quando sumus
III. Cour d'amours: Amor volat undique
III. Cour d'amours: Dies, nox et omnia
III. Cour d'amours: Stetit puella
III. Cour d'amours: Circa mea pectora
III. Cour d'amours: Si puer cum puellula
III. Cour d'amours: Veni, veni, venias
III. Cour d'amours: In trutina
III. Cour d'amours: Tempus est iocundum
III. Cour d'amours: Dulcissime
Blanziflor et Helena: Ave formosissima
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna
I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
II. Petit Poucet
III. Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes
IV. Les entretiens de la Belle at de la Bete
V. Le jardin feerique
Promenade
I. The Gnome
Promenade
II. The Old Castle
Promenade
III. Tuileries
IV. Bydlo
Promenade
V. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
VII. The Market Place at Limoges
VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum romanum
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
X. The Great Gate of Kiev
I. Reveries: Largo - Passions: Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
II. Un Bal (Valse): Allegro non troppo
III. Scene aux Champs: Adagio
IV. Marche au Supplice: Allegretto non troppo
V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat: Larghetto - Allegro
I. Prelude a la nuit
II. Malaguena
III. Habanera
IV. Feria
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Molto allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro assai
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Molto Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante ma adagio
III. Rondo: Tempo di menuetto
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
II. Andantino in modo di canzone
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
I. Miniature Overture: Allegro giusto
II. Danses carateristiques: March
II. Danses carateristiques: Dance of the Sugar-plum Fairy
II. Danses carateristiques: Russian Dance, "Trepak"
II. Danses carateristiques: Arab Dance
II. Danses carateristiques: Chinese Dance
II. Danses carateristiques: Dance of the Reeds
III. Waltz of the Flowers


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