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Concertini programme 2024-25

La Monnaie’s chamber music season gives the musicians of our Symphony Orchestra – one of the artistic pillars of our house – the opportunity to enrich their repertoire. In a hushed setting and with intimate instrumental ensembles, they will perform familiar works of music, but also have some wonderful surprises in store for you.

As usual, we will draw a connection with the works in our opera and symphony programmes. In line with our Ring cycle, we will continue the collaboration we began last season with musicologist Stijn Paredis from KU Leuven. Four concertini this season will be devoted to the fin-de-siècle aesthetics and the artistic circles of Les XX and La Libre Esthétique, which gravitated around La Monnaie at the time. Claude Debussy, Vincent d’Indy, Emmanuel Chabrier, François Rasse and Joaquín Turina will all be featured.

The voice will also be very much in evidence. We are delighted to welcome the artists from the La Monnaie Choruses (conducted by Emmanuel Trenque) for two original programmes, one with the women’s chorus and the other with a mixed ensemble. The young singers of the MM Academy will surprise us on several occasions, among others during the traditional Wild Cards and the concert presenting the new Soloists and Laureates. Baritone Werner Van Mechelen and pianist Florestan Bataillie will give a recital in which lieder of Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler resonate with songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams. After many years as répétiteur, pianist Inge Spinette will be bidding farewell to La Monnaie. On this occasion, she will be reunited with her faithful singing friends for what promises to be a particularly festive concert.

We will also put the spotlight on the centennial of Gabriel Fauré’s passing and celebrate the 125th birthday of Francis Poulenc, by dedicating some of our concerts to their works. Following on from the operatic performances of our diptych on Claudio Monteverdi, it is with great pleasure that we welcome the musicians of the Cappella Mediterranea ensemble to delve deeper into the baroque chamber music repertoire. Lastly, contemporary music will not be forgotten. We reunite with composers Kris Defoort and Harold Noben – all on the bill of the opera season – in programmes dedicated to our different ensembles.

4.10.2024

BARTÓK / YSAŸE

BÉLA BARTÓK (1881-1945)
Duets for two violins, Sz. 98 (1931)
(excerpts)
EUGENE YSAŸE (1858-1931)
Sonate pour deux violons en la mineur (1915)

Saténik Khourdoïan (vl), Sylvia Huang (vl)

11.10.2024

MÉLODIES

GABRIEL FABRE (1858-1921)
Complainte « Et s’il revenait un jour » (1895)
GUILLAUME LEKEU (1870-1894)
Trois poèmes (1892)
GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
La bonne chanson, op. 61 (1892-94)
GABRIEL FAURÉ
Impromptus pour piano (excerpts)

Kamil Ben Hsain Lachiri (baritono, MM Laureate) & Marie Datcharry (pf)

18.10.2024

KRIS DEFOORT / DEDICATIO BOOK I
JAN MICHIELS (pf)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
« Des pas sur la neige » from Premier livre des Préludes, L. 117/6 (1909)
KRIS DEFOORT (°1959)
I. Undressed Conversation (to S.K.)
II. Opera Fever (to LOD)
LEOŠ JANÁČEK (1854-1928)
Allegro-Adagio from On an Overgrown Path, second volume (1900-12)
KRIS DEFOORT
III. Lonely men (to O.)
IV. Genius Time (to K.D.)
CLAUDE DEBUSSY
« Feux d'artifice », from Deuxième livre des Préludes, L. 131/12 (1911-12)
KRIS DEFOORT
V. Sleeping Boys (to U. and K.)
LEOŠ JANÁČEK
Good Night! from On an Overgrown Path, first volume (1900-12)
KRIS DEFOORT
VI. Treasure of Emotions (to Keith Jarret)
VII. Indispensable Beauty (to K.N.)
CLAUDE DEBUSSY
« Minstrels », from Premier livre des Préludes, L.117/12 (1909)
KRIS DEFOORT
VIII. Deadline Dreams (to J.M.)
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Allegretto from Préludes, op. 28/17 (1838-39)
KRIS DEFOORT
IX. Midnight Cantate (to my parents)

Jan Michiels (pf)

25.10.2024

MM SOLOISTS AND LAUREATES 2024-2025

Vocal programme

8.11.2024

REICHA

ANTON REICHA (1770-1836)
Trios for two French Horns and Bassoon, op.93 (c.1815)
Wind Quintet in E flat major, op.88 n°2 (1818)

La Monnaie Wind Quintet

22.11.2024

MODERN MUSIC

Low Brass of la Monnaie

29.11.2024

CHORALE DES XX

VINCENT D’INDY (1851-1931)
Sur la mer, op.32 (1888)
CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890)
Chœur des Anges, from Rédemption, FWV.52/7 (1873)
GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
L’hiver s’enfuit, from Caligula, op.52/2 (1888)
Le ruisseau, op.22 (1881)
EMMANUEL CHABRIER (1841-1894)
À la musique (1890-91)
a.o.

Emmanuel Trenque (music direction)
La Monnaie Women chorus
Alberto Moro (pf)

6.12.2024

TRIBUTE TO PHILIP JONES

La Monnaie Brass section

13.12.2024

THE SECOND VIOLONS OF THE LA MONNAIE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

20.12.2024

SCHUBERT

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Oktett in F-Dur, D.803 (1824)

Saténik Khourdoïan (vl), Noémi Tiercet (vl), Florent Brémond (vla), Sébastien Walnier (vc), Marc Terré Garcia (cb), Orane Bargain (cr), Alberto Blanco Garcia (cl), Alain Cremers (fg)

17.1.2025

WILD CARD MM ACADEMY
CABARET SONGS

WILLIAM BOLCOM (°1938)
Amor from Cabaret Songs, First Volume (1996)
FRANK NUYTS (°1957)
Convertible superstar from Carbon Fixation Ensemble (2015)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)
Cabaret Songs (1937-39)
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937)
The man I love from Songbook (1919-31)
“By Strauss” from An American in Paris (1928)
KURT WEILL (1900-1950)
Youkali from Marie Galante (1934)
“Foolish Heart”, “Speak Low” & “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” from One Touch of Venus (1943)

Marie-Juliette Ghazarian, (mezzo-soprano, MM Laureate) & Marie Datcharry (pf)

24.1.2025

LISZT / WAGNER / CHOPIN

FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
La lugubre gondola (for violin and piano), s.135, (1885)
RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)
Ein Albumblatt, WWV 94 (violin and piano)
FRÉDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Piano Trio in G minor, op.8 (1828-29)

Femke Sonnen (vl), NN (vc), Yasuko Takahashi (pf)

31.1.2025
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RECITAL WERNER VAN MECHELEN & FLORESTAN BATAILLIE
“LEBENSWANDEL”

HUGO WOLF (1860-1903)
Fußreise (1888)
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Wir wandelten (1884)
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Im Frühling, D. 882 (1826)
GUSTAV MAHLER (1860-1911)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1883-85)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
Songs of Travel (1905-12)

Werner Van Mechelen (bass-baritone), Florestan Bataillie (pf)

7.2.2025

MOZART / HUMMEL

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Quartett F-Dur für Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello, KV.370 (1781)

Luk Nielandt (hb), Sylvia Huang (vl), NN (vla), Sébastien Walnier (vc)

JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL (1778-1837)
Septet in D-Moll n°1 für Pianoforte, Flöte, Oboe, Horn, Viola, Cello, Kontrabass, op.74 (c.1816)

Yaeram Park (fl), Luk Nielandt (hb), Orane Bargain (cr), NN (vla), Sébastien Walnier (vc), Marc Terré (cb), Jan Michiels (pf)

14.2.2025

RIPPER / SCHUMANN

JOÃO GUILHERME RIPPER (°1959)
Duo Sonatina (2006)
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Drei Romanzen, op. 94 (1849)
Sechs Studien in kanonischer Form, op.56 (1845)

Luk Nielandt (hb), NN (vc), Abdel Rahman El Bacha (pf)

21.2.2025

PETIT PARIS

PAUL GILSON (1865-1942)
Humoresque n°1
VINCENT D’INDY (1851-1931)
Chanson et danses, op. 50 (1898)
Sarabande et Menuet pour Quintette de vents et Piano, op.72 (1918)
ALBERT ROUSSEL (1869-1937)
Divertissement, op.6 (1906)

La Monnaie Chamber Ensemble & Yasuko Takahashi (pf)

28.2.2025

NOBEN / KORNGOLD

HAROLD NOBEN (°1978)
Quartet from the Portuguese (2022)
ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897-1957)
String Quartet n°2, op.26 (1933)

Saténik Khourdoïan (vl), Noémi Tiercet (vl), Florent Brémond (vla), NN (vc)

7.3.2025

ZEMLINSKY / MARTINU

ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942)
Humoreske (1939)
BOHUSLAV MARTINU
Les madrigaux, H. 266 (1937)
Quartet for Clarinet, Horn, Cello and Snare Drum, H.139 (1924)

Yaeram Park (fl), Luk Nielandt (hb), Alberto Blanco Garcia (cl), Orane Bargain (cr), Alain Cremers (fg), NN (vc), NN (percussion)

14.3.2025
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BRITTEN / SHOSTAKOVITCH

BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1973)
Simple Symphony, op.4 (1933-34)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVITCH (1906-1975)
Chamber Symphony, op.110a (1967)

La Monnaie String Ensemble

21.3.2025

RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE MUSIC

La Monnaie Brass section

28.3.2025

NOBEN

HAROLD NOBEN (°1978)
Sextuor à cordes « Sous les étoiles de Gaïa » - Thème et improvisations (2023)

Sylvia Huang (vl), Femke Sonnen (vl), NN (vla), NN (vla), Sébastien Walnier (vc), NN (vc)

4.4.2025
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MISATANGO

MARTIN PALMERI (°1965)
Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango) (1956)

Emmanuel Trenque (conductor)
Annelies Kerstens (soprano), Hélène Faux (mezzosoprano)

La Monnaie Chorus

Femke Sonnen (vl), NN (vla), NN (vc) & Ensemble ZinneTango : Camille Babut du Mares (vl), Fabrizio Colombo (bandoneon), Felipe Devincenzi (cb) & Pablo Becerra (pf)

11.4.2025

BAROQUE VIOLON

Femke Sonnen (vl), e.a.

18.4.2025
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LE DONNE DI CAVALLI
CAPPELLA MEDITERRANEA / LEONARDO GARCÍA ALARCÓN

BARBARA STROZZI (1619-1677)
L’amante segreto, op. 2
ANTONIA BEMBO (c. 1640- c. 1720)
Produzioni armoniche consacrate a Luigi XIV - M’ingannasti in verità
BARBARA STROZZI
Che si può fare
ANTONIA BEMBO
Produzioni armoniche consacrate a Luigi XIV - Volgete altrove il guardo
BARBARA STROZZI
Sino alla morte
FRANCESCO CAVALLI (1602-1676)
E vuol dunque Ciprigna from Ercole Amante (1662)
BARBARA STROZZI
Lagrime mie

Mariana Flores (soprano), Rodrigo Calveyra (recorder & cornetto), Marie Bournisien (hp), Margaux Blanchard (viola da gamba), Monica Pustilnik (archlute & guitar), Quito Gato (theorbo, guitar & drum), Leonardo García Alarcón (harpsichord, organ & music direction)

25.4.2025

ORGAN CONCERT

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Benoît Mernier, a.o.

Benjamin Prunet (organ), a.o.

9.5.2025
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CARTE BLANCHE FOR INGE SPINETTE

Vocal programme

16.5.2025

NEW BELGIAN MUSIC FOR BRASS QUINTET

La Monnaie Brass Quintet

23.6.2025
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WILD CARD MM ACADEMY

FRANCIS POULENC (1899-1963)
Rapsodie nègre (1917)
Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée (1919)
Trio pour piano, hautbois et basson, op.43 (1926)
Le Bal masqué (1932)

Lucas Cortoos (baritono, MM Laureate), La Monnaie Chamber Ensemble & Vincent Van Audenhove (pf)

6.6.2025

RASSE & TURINA

FRANÇOIS RASSE (1873-1955)
Trio en si mineur pour piano, violon et violoncelle, op. 16 (1897)
JOAQUÍN TURINA (1882-1949)
Piano Quintet, op. 1 (1908)

Saténik Khourdoïan (vl), Noémi Tiercet (vl), Florent Brémond (vla), Sébastien Walnier (vc), NN (pf)

13.6.2025

AROUND CARMEN

La Monnaie Brass section

20.6.2025

100% FAURÉ

GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845-1924)
Barcarolle n°1, op.26 (1881)
Trois romances sans paroles, op.17 (1863)
Élégie, op.24 (1880)
Quatuor avec piano n°1, op.15 (1876-1879 / 1883)

Sylvia Huang (vl), Florent Brémond (vla), Sébastien Walnier (vc), Julien Gernay (pf)