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Anima Eterna Brugge

Anima Eterna Brugge

Anima Eterna Brugge is an orchestra which was founded by Jos van Immerseel in 1987, and which is based in Bruges. Depending on its repertoire (which ranges from Monteverdi to Gershwin), it numbers from 7 to 80 musicians.

Anima Eterna recreates early (and not so early) music with a view to approximating as closely as possible the composer's original intentions. Rather than archaeological, our purpose is to (re)acquaint music lovers with repertoire they are familiar with but estranged from through ahistorical performances. Building on a combination of research and passionate musicianship, we have rediscovered many highlights of the classical catalogue, from Mozart's piano concertos over Strauss' waltzes to Ravel's Bolero.

In the exploratory phase which precedes each project, we find out which instruments inspired a composer, and how they may have sounded. In addition, we explore such variables as playing technique, pitch, tempo, and orchestral balance, but also other parameters which impact the sound of a composition, such as the acoustics of the hall in which it was premiered or subsequently played.

While this investigative attitude determines the essence of our approach, an equally (if not more) important factor is the curiosity, the passion, and the exceptional commitment of our musicians, who all are acknowledged specialists in their field. It is through the continuous interaction between these musicians and their conductor that Anima Eterna can make progress.