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WATER & FIRE

Handel revisited
[sax] + Eric Sleichim + Ben Van Nespen

Eric Sleichim and organ player Reitze Smits arranged 2 iconic works of Handel, the Water Music suite and Music for the Royal Fireworks, for saxophone quintet (BL!NDMAN [sax] plus Eric Sleichim (this time once again on alto) and grand organ.

Saxophone(s) and organ have already been combined several times in new music. The sound of the instruments mix splendidly and also in terms of dynamics organ and saxophone quintet match perfectly, as well in the louder passages as in the more silent parts. The monumental character of Handel’s orchestral score is emphasized in this unique instrumentation.

Handel’s iconic orchestral suites flank Le Cahos, the opening movement of Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Elémens, a musical punch-in-the-face long ahead of its time.

Eric Sleichim and Reitze Smits: artistic direction, arrangements

BL!NDMAN [sax]
Pieter Pellens: soprano saxophone
Hendrik Pellens: alto saxophone
Piet Rebel: tenor saxophone
Sebastiaan Cooman: baritone saxophone
Eric Sleichim: alto saxophone

Ben Van Nespen: organ

Programme

Georg Friedrich Händel / Arr. Eric Sleichim & Reitze Smits : The Water Music (sélection), Music for the Royal Fireworks
Jean-Féry Rebel / Arr. Eric Sleichim: Le Cahos
Olivier Messiaen / Arr. Eric Sleichim: Le Verbe (de La Nativité du Seigneur)

Agenda

2025
25 Jan
Malta (MT)
2024
09 Mar
Cathedral (org. Oslo Int. Church Music Festival)
Oslo (NO)
2022
16 Oct
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-en-Leodegariuskerk (org. CC Ter Dilft)
Bornem (BE)
2021
03 Dec
CC Zwaneberg
Heist-op-den-Berg (BE)
2020
19 Mar
Cathedral (org. Oslo Int. Church Music Festival) (postponed)
Oslo (NO)
2019
04 Oct
Terekenkerk (org. CC St-Niklaas)
Sint-Niklaas (BE)
23 May
Théâtre de Cornouaille (org. Festival Sonik)
Quimper (FR)
2018
27 Oct
St Jakobskerk (org. Handelsbeurs)
Gent (BE)
12 Oct
Sint-Lambertuskerk (org. 252 CC)
Ekeren (BE)
15 Sep
BOZAR
Brussels (BE)
06 May
Grote Kerk (org. Theater Vianen)
Vianen (NL)
05 May
Sint Katharinakerk (org. CC De Warande)
Hoogstraten (BE)
2017
21 Oct
Dendermonde (BE)
26 Jul
TAZ
Oostende (BE)
25 Jul
Sint-Michiels en Sint-Goedele kathedraal
Brussel / Bruxelles (BE)
15 Jul
Juillets Musicales
La Roche en Ardennes (BE)
21 May
Orgelpark
Amsterdam (NL)
2016
08 Oct
CC Hasselt
Hasselt (BE)
18 Sep
Béthune (FR)
16 Sep
Basiliek
Grimbergen (BE)

06 Aug
MA-Festival (première)
Brugge (BE)
05 Aug
Kerk (try-out)
Herne (BE)
2015
07 Nov
Grote Kerk (org. Theater Vianen) (wip)
Vianen (BE)