Philippe Herreweghe

Biography

Born: May 2, 1947   Country: Belgium  
Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe, in addition to studying piano with Marcel Gazelle at the Conservatory in Ghent, concurrently studied medicine and psychiatry at the University of Ghent. During that time, he founded the Collegium Vocale of Ghent (1969). Nikolaus Harnocourt and Gustav Leonhardt took notice of the young artist and promptly invited him and his newly organized ensemble, to collaborate with them in a recording project that would Read more document the entire catalog of Bach cantatas. Continuing his education at the conservatory, Herreweghe studied the harpsichord with Johan Huys and organ with Gabriel Verschraegen.

Ambitious to say the least, Herreweghe formed numerous ensembles that each respectively acted as a performance vehicle for specific genres and periods of composition, resulting in numerous recordings for Harmonia Mundi. His Ensemble Vocale Elysees specialized and concentrated on, the work of Bach and his predecessors. The Ensemble La Chapelle Royale (founded with Philippe Beaussant in 1977) focused on music from the French Baroque, as well as vocal scores from the Classical and Romantic eras. The Ensemble Vocale Europeen (founded 1989) concentrated on Renaissance polyphony, while the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees (founded 1991), an original instrument ensemble, performed literature from the Classical and Romantic periods. Herreweghe divides his time in thirds and spends one with early music, one with the Romantic repertoire, and the last third with contemporary compositions. In an interview with La Scena Musicale (November 1997), the conductor described his ensembles as a, "poupee russe, you know those Russian dolls that fit one inside the other. My core Baroque instruments group for Bach and German repertoire is Collegium Vocale. For bigger works and French Baroque we enlarge it to make La Chapelle Royale. For even bigger classical and romantic works we add about twenty percent more players to form the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees. This way I can conduct a large repertoire while maintaining the organic integrity of the groups as much as possible."

Herreweghe has conducted many prestigious ensembles including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Lyon Opera Orchestra, Concerto Koln, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ensemble Musique Oblique, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes in New York City. Herreweghe assumed the position of music director of the Festival of Saintes in 1982. The conductor, nominated for Musical Personality of the Year (1990), has received many more awards including European Musician of the Year (1991), Cultural Ambassador of Flanders with his Collegium Chorale (1993), Doctor Honoris Causa of the Leuven Catholic University (1997), and the order of Officer of Arts and Letters (1994). Herreweghe assumed the post of music director of the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997.

Widely regarded as one of the cultural landscape's greatest champions, Philippe Herreweghe has brought a dignity and integrity to the arts that seems timeless. Confidently honest with regards to his own opinions, Herreweghe programs the repertoire that interests him, and overlooks that which does not. He tirelessly explores the work of Bach, performing many works numerous times, but approaches each effort with a studious dedication and genuine curiosity. Each time the conductor opens a score, he ponders how the music inside should be approached. Herreweghe's recordings, a discography that numbers more than 60, is highly regarded and commended for its sincerity. Read less
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  • 1.
    20 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556102 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  Riccardo Muti,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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    40 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556099 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi,  Samson François  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  Antonio Pappano,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 & 4
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Flemish Philharmonic
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    Joseph Haydn: Die Schopfung
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
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    Les Menus Plaisirs de Louis XIV de Paris a Versailles
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908717 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  André Campra,  Michel Richard Delalande,  Giovanni Rovetta,  André Danican Philidor  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Baudry,  Monique Zanetti,  Josep Benet,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  William Christie,  Konrad Junghänel,  Paul Goodwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Les Arts Florissants,  Cantus Cölln  ... 
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    Bach: Mattaus Passion / Herreweghe, Jacobs, Kooy, Crook
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2921155 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Ulrik Cold,  Howard Crook,  Barbara Schlick  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris  ... 
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    Mozart: Messe In C Minor / Herreweghe, Oelze, Larmore, Weir, Kooy
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501393 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Jennifer Larmore,  Scot Weir,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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    Schumann: Complete Symphonies  / Herreweghe, Champs-elysees Orchestra
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 508190 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Requiem / Herreweghe
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Ilse Eerens,  Maximilian Schmitt,  Nathan Berg
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Royal Flemish Philharmonic
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    Bach: Magnificat, Christmas Cantata / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 951782 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Sebastian Noack,  Carolyn Sampson,  Ingeborg Danz
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Byrd: Infelix Ego… / Herreweghe
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Philippe de Monte
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Bach: Advent Cantatas  / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 951605 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sibylla Rubens,  Christoph Prégardien,  Peter Kooy,  Sarah Connolly
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
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    Lassus: Psalmi Davidis Poenitentiales / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2921831 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Orlando de Lassus
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
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    Mendelssohn: Elias / Herreweghe, Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 921463 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Petteri Salomaa,  Monica Groop,  John Mark Ainsley,  Soile Isokoski
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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    Lassus: Lagrime di San Pietro / Herreweghe
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 951483 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando de Lassus
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Vocal Européen Choir
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  • 16.
    Gilles: Requiem / Herreweghe, Mellon, Crook, Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501341 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Gilles
    Performer:  Agnčs Mellon,  Howard Crook,  Hervé Lamy,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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    Purcell: Funeral Sentences, Hail Bright Cecilia / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 508462 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Martin Van der Zeijst,  Susan Hamilton,  Robin Blaze,  Jonathan Arnold  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
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    Bach: Cantates Pour Alto / Scholl, Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 971644 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Marcel Ponseele,  Markus Märkl
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Haydn: The Seasons / Landshamer, Schmitt, Herreweghe
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Christina Landshamer,  Florian Boesch,  Maximilian Schmitt
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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  • 20.
    The CPE Bach Collection [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 463492 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Bob van Asperen,  Herbert Tachezi,  Hillevi Martinpelto  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Bob van Asperen,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Melante Amsterdam,  Ghent Collegium Vocale  ... 
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  • 21.
    Bach: Ich Elender Mensch - Leipzig Cantatas
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Schelle
    Performer:  Thomas Hobbs,  Dorothee Mields,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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  • 22.
    Bach: Motets / Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951231 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Howard [Tenor Vocal] Crook,  Peter Kooy,  Greta de Reyghčre,  Vincent Darras  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale
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  • 23.
    Irrsal: Lieder By Hugo Wolf / Henschel, Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic [with Dvd]
    Label: Evil Penguin Records   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Flemish Philharmonic
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  • 24.
    Brahms - Romanticism & Formal Genius
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908401 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alessandro Carbonare,  Luc Héry,  Florence Binder,  Nicolas Böne  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Kent Nagano,  Jiri Belohlávek,  Daniel Harding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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    Mozart - 1781-91, The Decade of Masterpieces
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908409 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Graciela Oddone,  Marcel Boone,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Chamber Choir,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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