Songs of Nature

The unique 9-piece song cycle Neun Deutsche Arien of Händel, complemented by new compositions by house composer Wim Henderickx: an ode to nature!

At a time of concern for the global climate and an ever louder call for action, we look back on the experience of nature at the time when the baroque composer Georg Friedrich Händel (1680 – 1747) wrote his Neun Deutsche Arien. This song cycle consists of 9 short vocal settings of a German text by Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680–1747) and is complemented by new compositions by Wim Henderickx. Praise for the beauty of nature and eternal life are the common thread. Because of the sensitive poetry, the original instrumentation and the varying atmosphere, from cheerful to touching and from baroque to early romantic, these songs occupy a unique place in Händel's oeuvre.



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Muziektheater Transparant and B’Rock.

Coproduction: Concertgebouw Brugge and Perpodium.

In collaboration with Operadagen Rotterdam, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts New York.

With the support of Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government.

Thanks to deSingel.


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Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Amsterdam)
+31 20 788 20 00
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Concertgebouw Brugge (Brugge)
+32 50 47 69 99
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Composition: Georg Friedrich Händel • Wim HenderickxMise-en-espace: Shuang ZouScenography: Dan PotraVideo Design: Marco DevetakLight Design: Peter QuastersCostumes: Lieve PynooSoprano: Sunhae ImEnsemble: B'Rock Orchestra Violin: Evgeny Sviridov • Viola: Raquel Massadas • violone: Tom Devaere • Bassoon: Tomasz Wesolowski • archlute: Karl Nyhlin • Traverso: Tami Krausz