Pieter Wispelwey, Nieuw Ensemble & Peter Misotten

Benjamin Britten and Peter Maxwell Davies, two icons of British music, together in one single programme! Davies, sometimes dubbed the ‘enfant terrible’ of British 20th-century music, was not very fond of Britten’s ‘too traditional’ music. But the latter’s Suite Nr 3 for cello solo proves that composers can go wrong about their colleagues.

Davies traveled all over the world and absorbed the most diverse musical styles, like a sponge. In Vesalii Icones all those influences fuse into a marvellous total experience. Medieval and baroque elements perfectly merge into a foxtrot, while everything is kept together by fourteen scenes from the story of Christ’s crucifixion. These scenes are combined with 16th-century anatomical drawings from De humani corporis fabrica by the 16th-century Brabant physician Andreas Vesalius.

Pieter Wispelwey, cello | Jurjen Hempel, artistic direction | Peter Missotten, video

B. Britten: Suite nr. 3 voor cello solo | P. M. Davies: Vesalii Icones

I.c.w. Festival van Vlaanderen Vlaams-Brabant & KU[N]ST Leuven i.t.f.o. Vesalius jubilee