Transcending the sphere of everyday life is surely one of the ultimate goals of art.
BOZAR MUSIC invites you on a veritable tour of Europe as it makes that case, placing mystical ecstasy at the heart of its programming. In the spirit of the major Francisco de Zurbarán exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts in the spring of 2014, eight musical events in the course of the season will explore the search for meaning that lovers of art and beauty have pursued since the dawn of time. From Queen Isabella’s Book of Hours to the music of the Tudors and from Gesualdo to Schütz, composers devoted their talent to the service of the sacred. Renaissance polyphony will naturally form the core of these concerts, but other repertoires will also be mined, with a major Handel oratorio conducted by René Jacobs, a concert devoted to Biber’s Rosary Sonatas with the violinist Mira Glodeanu, and an extraordinary exploration of Jewish sacred music in 15th-century Germany, a first sign of the cultural cross-fertilisation of 21st-century Europe.