Laus Polyphoniae festival hits Antwerp

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The week-long festival will feature music from the 16th and 17th centuries.

25 August 2008

BELGIUM -- Music will take centre stage in 21 different venues in Antwerp for the popular Laus Polyphoniae festival this week.

One of the most important European festivals in Early Music, the annual festival will feature music from the 16th and 17th centuries.

First held in 1994, the festival aims to focus a certain repertoire or a certain composer every year. This music is then explored by internationally reputed musicians who form the ensemble in residence.

The 2008 festival focuses on the musical repertoire of the Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League was an alliance of trading guilds active from the 13th to the 17th centuries, which controlled a territory stretching from the Baltic to the North Sea. At its peak, this immense network connected as many as 200 cities.

Line-up of programmes
Concerto Palatino, together with the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, inaugurated the Festival with 'The Golden Age of Danzig'. They featured works by Andreas Hakenberger and Paul Siefert, two of the city's greatest figures during the 16th and 17th centuries

On 24 August, Cantus Cölln takes us to Lübeck, a city in which the organ dominated a rich musical scene, with works by Buxtehude and Tunder.

The famous Belgian Huelgas Ensemble with Paul Van Nevel will close this year's festival with works by Michael Praetorius on Sunday.

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For more information of the Laus Polyphoniae Festival, please click here.

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