Brussels Philharmonic | Curated by... Jean-Luc Plouvier

Curated by... Jean-Luc Plouvier

Mark your calendars for November 14 and 15: Jean-Luc Plouvier and the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Ilan Volkov, will present John Cage's Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra.
"It takes two or three hours to prepare a piano coherently. Then the miracle happens: in its softness, the complexity of its harmonics and their interferences, the strange familiarity of its timbres, the prepared piano becomes the purest and most luminous instrument in the world."
Jean-Luc Plouvier knows the prepared piano inside and out. Curious to learn more? Check out this Spotify playlist, and discover his favourite pieces for Prepared Piano.


live in concert

experience the Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra during the concert Boulez & Cage

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[read also: Ilan Volkov on Boulez & Cage]
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Playlist Curated Ivicevic

Curated by... Mirela Ivicevic

we asked the composer which music she carries close to her heart... The result? A compilation of mesmerizing ballads reminiscent of her young adulthood

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Ilan Volkov on Boulez & Cage

"even though they are polar opposites and their aesthetics are very different, they are connected by their search for beauty, their amazing orchestration and a feeling for sound," read the conductor's note for the concert Boulez & Cage

BOULEZ CAGE Marcel Lennartz Brussels EC1 A9421

Boulez & Cage: Giants of the Avant-Garde · 14.11.2024 · Flagey

Boulez, the man who tried to reduce music to grids and sequences, series and schedules. Who composed with mathematical precision. Cage, the man who let music run wild. Who placed composing in the hands of fate. They seem to be two worlds that are miles apart, but in terms of radicality they are virtually identical. The Brussels Philharmonic combines some intense, compact compositions by Boulez with the unprecedented large form of Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano. Music that is now half a century old, but still sounds progressive.