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I Fiamminghi, the Orchestra of Flanders, is one of the best known specialty orchestras of the world, and is particularly well known for its championing of very recent music. The name "Fiamminghi" (Italian for "Flemish") is a reference to the Renaissance era. At that time, a new and brilliant composing and playing style originated among Flemish musicians and became popular in the Italian courts and chapels.
The orchestra was founded by Rudolf Werthen, a Belgian violinist who had recently broken into the ranks of internationally known conductors by substituting for maestro Klaus Tennstedt during a European tour when Tennstedt became indisposed. Werthen, winner of the 1971 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Violin Competition and the first Kreisler Competition, was then known as the "last heir" of the Franco-Belgian school of violin. Werthen founded I Fiamminghi as a string orchestra intended to use the Franco-Belgian approach and thus transmit it to a younger generation of players through his own teaching and that of France Springuel, I Fiamminghi's cello soloist. I Fiamminghi became known for its rich sound, warm sonority, virtuosic playing, and expressive, individual interpretation.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments