We’ve loved every single day of the past 30 years of Anima! Discover some of the milestones crossed and highlights experienced: a trip down memory lane, topped off with a sneak peek at our future!
Jos van Immerseel brought together 5 string players, among them Jaap Schröder and Roel Dieltiens, and started performing ensemble works of the Baroque period
a new Baroque orchestra – with a play on the name of the founder – was born: Anima Eterna. Expanded to 17 musicians, the ensemble began discovering classical Viennese and French Baroque works and gained increasing international recognition
recording of all (21) Mozart piano concertos (10 CDs issued by Channel Classics) and the complete performance of all the concertos in Kyoto and Tokyo
innovative performance and recording of Schubert’s 6 symphonies, based on the composer’s manuscripts: the Viennese wind instruments from Schubert’s era were used here for the first time (35 -45 musicians). The 4 CDs from Sony Classical were enthusiastically received by the international press (Diapason d’Or of the year for 1998)
surprising pioneering work and restoration of the well-known compositions of Johann Strauss, Jr: based on a critical edition and in collaboration with professional dancers, Anima Eterna once again makes it possible to dance to Strauss’s waltzes
Zig-Zag Territoires Paris launches the “Collection Anima Eterna” with 2 pioneering internationally acclaimed recordings: Johann Strauss, Jr. and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra opens the brand new Concertgebouw Brugge on 20.02.2002
Anima Eterna is named ‘Orchestra in residence’ of the Concertgebouw Brugge
Eagerly received ‘revisiting’ of the late Romantic repertoire on period instruments: Liszt, Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin. The Liszt CD wins the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German record critics’ prize)
never heard since Ravel: his orchestral music on early 20th century French wind instruments – a festive (re)discovery of the authentic sounds to celebrate 20 years of Anima Eterna
International Mozart year: absolutely everyone wants to hear Anima Eterna play Mozart. The ensemble’s first love is relived with a new repertoire (concertos for horn, for violin, for flute and harp, etc.) and new award-winning CDs
3 years of preparation and 5 recording sessions result in a new jewel in the crown: the Beethoven 6 CD box set with all the symphonies and various overtures demonstrate the mature orchestra’s tried and true vision and perfection of the Viennese repertoire (Editor’s Choice – Gramophone, among others)
Anima Eterna is renamed Anima Eterna Brugge, as the offices move to the Ezelpoort in Bruges and Jos van Immerseel & Anima Eterna Brugge become ‘Artiste et Ensemble Associé de l’Opéra de Dijon’; release of a DVD of ‘Beethoven’s 5th Symphony’, which includes a documentary about Anima
release of Poulenc CD
release of Debussy CD and re-issue of the entire series of Schubert symphonies
Recording of ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky
concert debut in Frankfurt, Alte Oper; concert tour and CD release of Carmina Burana with the Collegium Vocale Gent
release of Schubertiade CD box set, Beethoven in Mexico & Jos van Immerseel 70!
Beethoven in Sydney & New York
Anima crosses over to jazz for the first time, exploring the oeuvre of George Gershwin.