In a series of interviews with Camille De Rijck, Philippe Herreweghe sums up his musical trajectory by offering the reader his reflections, intermingling musical and personal considerations. A selection of archive illustrations to delight the eyes and an updated biography complete the contents of the book, which is published in four languages (English, French, German and Dutch).
A five-disc compilation of extracts chosen and discussed by the conductor himself provides an musical counterpoint to the text. The selection enables you to explore a whole life through the finest works of such composers as Lassus, Schein, Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Dvořák and Stravinsky. Thanks to the longstanding close collaboration between Philippe Herreweghe and his favourite ensembles – Collegium Vocale Gent, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic – this anthology of his most remarkable interpretations is also an opportunity to experience at leisure the extraordinary palette of colours and timbres that he invariably succeeds in obtaining from them, and transports us to the very heart of the Flemish conductor’s inner world.
This magnificent object is released to mark Philippe Herreweghe’s seventieth birthday!