The Barcelona Symphony Band and Columna Música present Nadales Arreu, the latest recording by L’Auditori’s resident ensemble, with a number of compositions based on popular Christmas carols. The works of the album, conducted by Salvador Brotons, also feature the choir Coral Cantiga, the soprano Ulrike Haller and the baritone Joan Ricart.
Each composer has chosen a handful of songs and has orchestrated, embellished or paraphrased them to create his own Christmas carol suite. The album comprises more than thirty different songs based on adaptations by Manuel Oltra, Joan Alfonso, David León Fioravanti, Joan Casas and Salvador Brotons.
Christmas and New Year’s Concerts
The album’s release coincides with the Barcelona Symphony Band’s Christmas Concert, featuring works by Bizet, Melillo, Hess, Appermont and Guinovart, which will be held this Sunday, 16 November. In addition, the Amics de la Unió children’s choir and the soprano Maria Hinojosa will perform alongside the Band under the baton of its resident conductor, José R. Pascual-Vilaplana.
The Band’s Christmas programme will continue on 29 and 30 December with the traditional New Year’s Concert, focusing on music by Tchaikovsky, Lehár, Johann Strauss, Arditi and Von Suppé. At the end of the concert, its conductor Salvador Brotons will sign albums in the foyer of L’Auditori.
Aleix Palau | 14 December 2018
The Barcelona Symphony Band celebrates Christmas with a new album
Nadales Arreu, released under the Columna Música label, is a compilation of works by Manuel Oltra, Joan Alfonso, David León Fioravanti, Joan Casas and Salvador Brotons, conducted the band performing on the album. It features the choir Coral Cantiga, the soprano Ulrike Haller and the baritone Joan Ricart.