It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful
Benjamin Britten knew something about the cruel beauty of music and of nature. In La Monnaie’s programme for 2020-21, nature occupies a place of honour. England’s green hills, the fjords of The Far North and even our own ‘flat country’: from January to June, chamber-music concerts will take us on imaginary expeditions through British, Scandinavian, French, and Belgian landscapes, revealed to us by the virtuosity and creativity of our musicians.
As usual, the Concertini bring a captivating mix of familiar faces and new names, of works from the repertoire and pieces worth rediscovering. Of course, it has not escaped anyone’s notice that 2020 is a Beethoven year; this autumn, work by the great man will be performed every first Friday of the month. In the same period, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Lodewijk Mortelmans will occupy their rightful place in chamber music, after which we will conclude 2020 with a concert focusing on Shakespeare