Michael von Habsburg-Lothringen
Archduke of Austria


Capilla Flamenca - B

The vocal and instrumental consort Capilla Flamenca takes its name from the choir of the court chapel of Emperor Charles V. When Charles left the Low Countries in 1517, he took his best musicians with him in order to accompany him as ‘living polyphony’ to Spain.


Today’s Capilla Flamenca recruits its specialized musicians mainly from Flanders so as to bring to life again the unique timbre of this brilliant 15th - 16th music in its full authenticity.


From this polyphonic repertoire Dirk Snellings makes up in cooperation with prominent musicologists some unique and multi-dimensional programmes. The integration of different artistic disciplines creates programmes with an added value on today’s cultural scene.


The transparent polyphonic sound-image of the Capilla Flamenca originates from a creative interaction between the musicians. This process demands an acute awareness of the historical, poetical and technical aspects of polyphonic music.


The vocal core of the Capilla Flamenca ( counter tenor Marnix De Cat, tenor Tore Denys, baritone Lieven Termont and bass Dirk Snellings) is enlarged with complementary singers, an alta capella (wind instruments), a bassa capella (string instruments) or an organ, according to the needs of the programme or genre.


The Capilla Flamenca has won the prestigious international award Il Filarmonico for both the high artistic value of their performances and the cultural value of their musicological research. This award has already been assigned to artists such as Olivier Messiaen, J.E. Gardiner, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Gustav Leohnardt. Recently the ensemble has been honoured with the Culture prize for Music of the Flemish Government for, among other things, making polyphony more accessible for a growing audience all over the world.

Capilla Flamenca’s recordings have received numerous major awards, including several Prix Chocs (Le Monde de la Musique), Diapason d’Ors, Répertoire10, two Caecilia prizes from the Belgian music press, the Klara Music Prize 2004 and the big prize of the Duke of Arenberg 2006. Both these awards and the very positive reviews provide ample evidence that the Capilla Flamenca is a leading ensemble in the field of Early Music.

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2009. November 26., 7 PM

St. Michael's Church

Missa de Beata Virgine

Ticket: 2000 HUF