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Lucien Posman 60!


Lucien Posman


A composer who turns sixty, has a lot to look out for, but he looks back at a nice route. This is certainly the case for Lucien Posman. That should be celebrated. Turning sixty is like a peg.

What we would like to show is the beautifull route. The route of a humble, courtious personality with the gift for relativity. A personality with a hidden erudition and an old fashioned hang to  the higher level. Someone who goes to Blake, Hölderlin and Poesjkin and he does not like “…the diluted love poetry”. Lucien Posman writes in 1994: “The fragile has entered into my music and the beautifull has not been banned anymore.” Posman’s music dances and sings through “the unbearable lightness of being.”

The Aquarius Chamber Choir has a bond with this composer whose SOME BLAKE WORKS it recorded on CD in 2002. (Cyprès 4616).



The Book of LOS (t: W.Blake), Cantate for soprano, mixed choir, flute & piano

Els Crommen, soprano,  Marc Legros, flute,  Leonard Duna, piano and Aquarius


The Tyger (t.: W. Blake), voor 2 sopranen , gemengd koor & klavecimbel

Mady Bonert and Penelope Turner, sopranos,  Jan Devlieger, harpsichord & Aquarius


Au commencement, story of the beginning of the world of Mali for mixed choir


Wilder Rosenbusch (t. Rilke), for soprano, choir, violin, piano and timpani

Evelyne Bohen, soprano, Timur Sergeyenia, piano, Lylia Umnova, violon,  Jelle Proost, timpani


Welcome Stranger to this place (t.W.Blake)

Christmas cantate for 3 vocal soloists, 2 flûtes, 2 hobos, 2 fagots, piano 4-hand & mixed choir

Evelyne Bohen, sopraan, Mieke De Blieck, mezzo, Philip Defrancq , tenor

Peter Verhoyen, Anke Lauwers, fluit; Elias Mestdagh en Joachim Vermeire, hobo

Wannes Cuvelier en Bernard De Graef, fagot; Marc Masson en Tae Yoshicka, piano vierhandig


Some pictures of the concert on 22 march 2012:



Between heaven and earth

Jutta TrochChristmas music for female choir and harp

Everyone harbours a desire for the higher things in life. Out of this desire art is born. And religion. And love. We create gods. We imagine for ourselves an (earthly) paradise. We call music heavenly. Many people pray.

It’s busy between heaven and earth. Everything comes together in one Christmas concert: the mystery of belief, music from paradise and oh, such earthly, sensual women’s voices. A way to reach seventh heaven…


Gustav HolstThat Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934) had unusual interests is clear from his best-known and most often performed oratorio ‘The Planets’. This neglected, great, composer, the last ‘uomo universalis’, was fascinated by Indian literature, philosophy and religion. He taught himself Sanskrit in order to be able to read the original sources. In 1910, in addition to an exceptional chamber opera, he wrote the extraordinarily beautiful “Hymns from the Rig Veda” – four lovely songs of praise for female choir and harp in an English translation. It is seldom or never performed. Many other splendid choral works by this maverick await discovery.

OS MUTORUM – James Macmillan

The Scottish composer James MacMillan (1959) is hot. His music is played all over the world, sung and recorded on CD. He often conducts his music himself. Similarly, AQUARIUS is happy to include him in its programme. OS MUTOROM (2008) is one of the many “Strathclyde Motets” (named after the University of Strathclyde): a series of easy to sing motets, intended for use during all important, liturgical moments. Almost all the motets are a capella, but in OS MUTORUM the two-part female choir is accompanied by a harp. OS MUTORUM invokes the Scottish Saint Columba, whose protection is sought in a 13th century antiphon.

ZWEI BETER - Arvo Pärt

In the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus makes his famous comparison between the Pharisee and the tax collector. They both do penance – the first convinced of his good character, the other with honest regret for his weaknesses. Jesus has no forgiveness for the first but values the second. In the hands of the famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (1935), a permanent fixture in our repertoire, this parable blossoms into a gripping, epic and dramatic narrative.  It was written in German in 1998 for the splendid Girls’ Choir of Hannover.

Veljo TormisTHE SINGER’S YOUTH – Veljo Tormis

The Estonian composer Veljo Tormis – with whom we have worked - has long-since been with us in spirit. What he achieves with folk music is to be envied. His “Music of the forgotten peoples” is a memorial in homage to musical cultures that are dying out. In “the singer’s youth” for solo and female choir, sung in Estonian, the author looks back on his idyllic youth, when his mother took his crib to the sun-drenched fields in order to learn words and songs from the ducks and the birds. These he later wrote down and sang.

BERGNACHT (nr. 3 ) - Zoltan Kodaly

A musical work for voice without text is called a ‘vocalise’. Most vocalises are intended as aids to vocal technique. They are practice pieces for solo voice. Choral vocalises are rarer. In the hands of a good composer such as the Hungarian Zoltan Kodaly (1882 – 1967) they become mood pieces, where the listener can give his imagination free rein. We will sing for you the third piece from his five-part cycle BERGNACHTEN (1923). Without text or title, needless to say.

TO MORNING - Lucien Posman

Were you but the lucky daughter of the Flemish composer Lucien Posman (1952), you would have a choral work for female choir dedicated to you; a setting of a splendid text about the dawn, written by the English poet and artist William Blake (1757 – 1827). It features on our first CD of Lucien Posman’s music – sadly no longer available – a CD that exclusively features Blake’s poetry. (A second Posman CD will be released in the Spring of 2012.) The almost cosmic perception of nature that is articulated in this poem pushed the composer towards an exalted, ecstatic and intense vocal trio that shimmers with sensual vibrations.

Benjamin BrittenCEREMONY OF CAROLS – Sir Benjamin Britten

The “Ceremony of Carols” by the English grandmaster Sir Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) is, for us, raised up to the noble rank of one of the greatest works of all time. It is often sung, but can never be sung too often. To what good use Britten put that long boat trip between England and America! Every carol is a pearl. It is a ceremony of beauty, poignancy, style and grandeur. This wine needs no further accolade.



Harp: Jutta Troch

Somes pictures of the concert on 11/12/2012 in Edegem:


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