Brussels Muzieque flute quartet concert in Brussels on 20 November
Classical music fans are invited to a rare performance by a flute quartet ensemble thanks to an original concert by Brussels Muzieque at Full Circle House on 20 November.
The collaborative classical music platform has revived the once-acclaimed formation of a flute quartet - comprising a flute, violin, viola and cello. This setting reached the pinnacle of its success in the latter half of the 18th century, rivalling the then popular string quartet.
Its success drew many famous composers, including Mozart, Haydn and Bach, to explore the instrumentation. But from the 19th century, the flute quartet was again completely overshadowed by its string counterpart, with few compositions written for it until the 20th century.
For Brussels Muzieque, the beautiful blend of flute and strings should not be forgotten. To convey the unique sounds, it has assembled an accomplished team of musicians that bring the uniqueness of the flute quartet back to life.
Aldo Baerten (principal flautist Antwerp Symphony Orchestra), Jacqueline Preys (principal second violins Belgian National Orchestra), Monika Mlynarczyk (co-principal viola La Monnaie/De Munt), and David Poskin (laureate David Popper Cello Competition), revive the flute quartet by performing works from its halcyon days by Haydn and JC Bach. They also present more recent work from the 20th century for flute and strings by Van Gilse and Roussel.
This concert is supported by subsidies from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
Brussels Muzieque upcoming season of concerts includes String Trios on 10 December and String Quartets for two cellos on 18 December.
Flute Quartet Back to Life
Full Circle House
20 November, 20.00
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