Symphony Concert N° 6

Philippe Herreweghe Conductor
Dorothee Mields Soprano
Eva Zaïcik Mezzo-soprano
Alex Potter Alto
Reinoud Van Mechelen Tenor
Krešimir Stražanac Jesus
Collegium Vocale Gent

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Missa in B minor, BWV 232

»Composer to His Majesty’s Capelle«

In the hope of obtaining the title of »Court Composer« to Dresden’s resident Capelle (to­day’s Staatskapelle), Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a sacred work consisting of a Kyrie and a Gloria, regarded as the forerunner to the great Mass in B minor, BWV 232. Dedi­cating it to August III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, Bach was awarded the de­sired title three years later. After conducting the »St. John Passion« at the Remembrance Concert of 2018, Philippe Herreweghe is returning to Dresden with his Collegium Vocale Gent to perform this masterpiece of sacred music.

  • 13.02.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    36.00 – 67.00 €
  • 14.02.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Ticket price:
    20.00 – 73.00 €

Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe was born in Ghent and studied at both the university and music conservatory there, studying piano with Marcel Gazelle. During this period he started conducting and founded Collegium Vocale Gent in 1970. He was invited by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt, who had noticed his innovative work, to participate in their recordings of the complete cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Herreweghe’s energetic, authentic and rhetorical approach to baroque music was soon drawing praise. In 1977 he founded the ensemble La Chapelle Royale in Paris, with whom he performed music of the French Golden Age. From 1982 to 2002 he was artistic director of the Académies Musicales de Saintes. During this period, he founded several new ensembles with whom he made historically appropriate and well-thought-out interpretations of repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to contemporary music. They include the Ensemble Vocal Européen, specialised in Renaissance polyphony, and the Orchestre des Champs Élysées, founded in 1991 with the aim of playing pre-Romantic and Romantic repertoire on original instruments. Since 2009, Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent have been actively working on the development of a large European-level symphonic choir. 


Philippe Herreweghe continually seeks out new musical challenges, and has been very active performing the great symphonic repertoire, from Beethoven to Stravinsky. Since 1997 he is principal conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. He is also in great demand as a guest conductor with orchestras such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig the hr-Sinfonieorchester Franfurt, the Berlin-based Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra or the Scottish Chamber Orchestra or the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.

Philippe Herreweghe has received numerous European awards for his consistent artistic imagination and commitment. In 1990 the European music press named him Musical Personality of the Year. 1994 he was awarded the Belgian order of Officier des Arts et Lettres, and in 1997 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2003 he received the French title Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. Lastly, in 2010 the city of Leipzig awarded him its Bach-Medaille for his great service as a performer of Bach. In 2017 Philippe Herreweghe will receive an honorary doctorate at Ghent University.

Dorothee Mields

Dorothee Mields is one of the leading interpreters of 17th- and 18th-century music and is beloved by audiences and critics alike for her unique timbre and moving interpretations. Her flawless technique and the ethereal clarity of her voice also make her ideally suited for works by contemporary composers like Beat Furrer, Gérard Grisey, Hans Werner Henze and Pierre Boulez.

She appears regularly with the Collegium Vocale Gent, Bach Collegium Japan, Netherlands Bach Society, Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, L’Orfeo Barockorchester, Lautten Compagney and Klangforum Wien under such conductors as Stefan Asbury, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Pierre Cao, Beat Furrer, Paul Goodwin, Philippe Herreweghe, Wolfgang Katschner, Gustav Leonhardt, Emilio Pomárico, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Ludger Rémy, Peter Schreier, Andreas Spering, Christoph Spering, Stephen Stubbs, Masaaki Suzuki and Jos van Veldhoven.

Dorothee Mields is a welcome guest at international festivals, including the Leipzig Bach Festival, Suntory Music Foundation Summer Festival in Japan, Boston Early Music Festival, Flanders Festival, Vienna Festival, the Handel Festival in Halle, Niedersächsische Musiktage and Musikfest Bremen.

Since autumn 2016, Dorothee Mields teaches voice a the Royal Conservatory The Hague.

Krešimir Stražanac

Krešimir Stražanac, was born in Osijek, Croatia. He studied voice an art song interpretation at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and privately with Jane Thorner Mengedoht and Hanns-Friedrich Kunz.

After the studies, Mr. Stražanac joined the Zürich Opera roster as an ensemble member. He appeared as Baron Tusenbach in the opera house premiere of Péter Eötvös's »Three Sisters«, Ping in »Turandot«, Harlequin in »Ariadne auf Naxos«, Don Fernando in »Fidelio« and Dr. David Livesey in the world premiere of Frank Schwemmer's »Die Schatzinsel« under the batons of such conductors as Nello Santi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Peter Schneider, Franz Welser-Möst, Carlo Rizzi, Bernard Haitink and Placido Domingo. In 2017 he had his debut at the Bavarian State Opera Munich with the role of Pietro Fléville in the new production of Umberto Giordanos «Andrea Chénier«.

The bass-baritone won the International Cantilena Competition in Bayreuth and the International La Voce Competition of Bavarian Radio and Television as well as the International Hugo Wolf Competition in the composer's birthplace (Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia). He earned further prizes at the International Paula Salomon Lindberg Competition in Berlin and the Opera Competition of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.

During the 2016/2017 season he made his debuts with the Collegium Vocale Gent and Orchestre du Champs-Elysées under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe, with the hr Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the Gürzenichorchester and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Besides this, he also appeared with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. 

Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 on Philippe Herreweghe’s initiative by a group of friends studying at the University of Ghent. They were one of the first ensembles to use new ideas about baroque performance practice in vocal music. Their authentic, text-oriented and rhetorical approach gave the ensemble the transparent sound with which it would acquire world fame and perform at the major concert venues and music festivals of Europe, the United States, Russia, South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. Since 2017 the ensemble runs its own summer festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi in Tuscany, Italy.

In recent years, Collegium Vocale Gent has grown organically into an extremely flexible ensemble whose wide repertoire encompasses a range of different stylistic periods. Its greatest strength is its ability to assemble the ideal performing forces for any project. Music from the Renaissance, for example, is performed by a small group soloists. German Baroque music, particularly Johann Sebastian Bach’s vocal works, has been a speciality of the group and is still the jewel in its crown. Today Collegium Vocale Gent performs this music with a small ensemble in which the singers take both the chorus and solo parts. Collegium Vocale Gent is also specializing in the Romantic, modern and contemporary oratorio repertoires, performed with the symphonic choir up to 80 singers.

Besides using its own baroque orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent works with several historically informed instrumental ensembles to perform these projects, including the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Freiburger Barockorchester and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. It also works with prominent symphony orchestras such as deFilharmonie (Royal Flemish Philharmonic), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The ensemble has worked with Ivor Bolton, Marcus Creed, Reinbert de Leeuw, Iván Fischer, René Jacobs, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kaspars Putnins, Jos van Immerseel, Paul Van Nevel, James Wood and many others leading conductors.