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- chamber music and baroque ensembles
- Brabelio, symphonic orchestra and chamber orchestra
- baroque orchestra La Fonte Barocca

  Wim Brabants studied at the Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and The Hague Conservatories under Frans Vester, Barthold Kuijken and other teachers. He took a master’s degree for the Boehm flute and obtained first prizes for chamber music and traverso.

From 1977 to 2015 Wim Brabants has been teaching the flute and chamber music at LUCA, School of Arts.

He is the founder and artistic leader of the baroque ensembles ‘Le Plaisir des Dames’ and ‘La Fonte Barocca’ and also helms the pre-romantic ensemble ‘Quadro Viegas’ (harp, flute, violin and violoncello on period instruments) .
His ensembles are invited to play numerous concerts all over Europe.

In 1992 he discovered three previously unknown sonatas for recorder and harpsichord by count Unico Wilhelm Van Wassenaer, which were edited in modern print in 1993. In 2015 a previously unknown flute concerto by Pierre Gabriel Buffardin was revealed by Wim Brabants. From the last composer he discovered also ten flute sonatas and a set with variations (2019).

Since 1995 Wim Brabants has been conducting his own orchestra: Brabelio. Nearly two hundred concerts with this orchestra have since then been performed all over Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

The Belgian Early Music Community has elected Wim Brabants as artist in residence for 2016.
                               
                 
   
   

 

- Quadro Viegas: Louis XVI harp, flute, violin and violoncello

- Duo Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas & Wim Brabants: Louis XVI harp and flute

Original chamber music with harp from the period 1770-1830 on period instruments

The single-action harp in the style of Louis XVI has been manufactured in Paris from about 1760 to around 1820. Charles-Louis Favart reported already in 1761 that the new harp was very fashionable and that the ladies in Paris were almost mad to play it.
As it was the favorite instrument of Marie-Antoinette, interest in the harp increased in the Parisian nobility.

Many works for harp solo and harp combined with other instruments were written in this period, not only by well-known harpists such as Johann-Baptiste Krumpholtz (1742-1790) and François-Joseph Naderman (1781-1835), but also by other composers such as Louis Spohr (1784-1859) and Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812), who’s wives were both gifted harp players.

For many years Wim Brabants has collected pieces for harp and flute as well as quartets and trios with harp from the period 1770-1830 in order to introduce this mostly forgotten but charming repertoire to the concert audience.

Concert programmes, biographies, photos and some recordings: follow this link


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Symphonic orchestra - Chamber orchestra Brabelio

Click this link (YouTube) to listen to a live recording of Olivier Métra's Sérénade, Valse espagnole.

 

La Fonte Barocca - baroque ensemble

   

NEW!

Pergolesi & Vivaldi. Stabat Mater & Concerti

Due to its popularity no work has been so often edited and copied in the 18th and 19th centuries as the Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
It will not come as a surprise that many errors and imprecisions have occured over the years.

Wim Brabants has made a new score based on the autograph, which is kept in the Abbey of Montecassino (Italy). The new score is quite different than most conventional editions those used in recordings.

Wim Brabants created a concert programme around the Stabat Mater, one in the version by Pergolesi and another of his contemporary Antonio Vivaldi, completed with concertos of both composers.

 
 

Programme (50' + 40'):

A. Vivaldi: La Notte RV 104
A. Vivaldi: Stabat Mater RV 621
G.B. Pergolesi: Flute Concerto in G major

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G.B. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

 

Veerle Van Roosbroeck, soprano
Bart Uvyn, altus
Wim Brabants, recorder, traverso and artistic direction

Baroque ensemble La Fonte Barocca (2 violins, alto, violoncello, bassoon, organ and theorbe)