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
Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
Release Date: 05/03/2011   Label: Virgin Classics  
Catalog: 96334   Number of Discs: 2
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Bach: Advent Cantatas  / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 951605   Number of Discs: 1
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Philippe Herreweghe  - And The Word Became Song
Release Date: 03/27/2012   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4805   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2059508   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent [blu-ray]
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2059504   Number of Discs: 1
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    Byrd: Infelix Ego
    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: 921831 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, Ensemble Vocal Europeen
    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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    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:  Agnès 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:  Patrizia Kwella,  Kai Wessel,  Tessa Bonner,  William Kendall  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra,  Collegium Vocale
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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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    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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    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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    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:  Dorothee Mields,  Thomas Hobbs,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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  • 12.
    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 Crook,  Vincent Darras,  Agnès [Soprano Vocal] Mellon,  Greta de Reyghère  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale
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  • 13.
    Irrsal: Lieder By Hugo Wolf / Henschel, Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic [with Dvd]
    Label: Evil Penguin Records Classic   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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    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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    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Herreweghe, Champs-elysees Orchestra
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501921 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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    Campra: Messe De Requiem / Herreweghe, Baudry, Zanetti
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501251 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Campra
    Performer:  Elisabeth Baudry,  Monique Zanetti,  Josep Benet,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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    Gesualdo: Responsoria 1611 / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 10 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059508 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Damien Guillon,  Thomas Hobbs,  Dorothee Mields
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059504 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dorothee Mields,  Thomas Hobbs,  Damien Guillon,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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  • 21.
    Furie Terribili - 30 Baroque Opera Hits
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908537 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Efrat Ben Nun,  Bernarda Fink,  Guillemette Laurens,  Danielle Borst  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  Philippe Herreweghe,  William Christie,  Alfred Deller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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  • 22.
    Mozart: The Last Symphonies / Herreweghe, Champs Elysees Orchestra
    Label: Phi   Catalog: 011 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Stabat Mater / Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic
    Label: Out Here Records   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Ilse Eerens,  Florian Boesch,  Maximilian Schmitt,  Michaela Selinger
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Royal Flemish Philharmonic
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    Mozart: Gran Partita, Serenade K 388 / Herreweghe
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501570 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Wind Ensemble
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Herreweghe, Diener, Lang, Wottrich, Henschel, Champs-Elysees Orchestra
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951687 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Melanie Diener,  Petra Lang,  Endrik Wottrich,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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