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Aleix Palau | 30 January 2019

L’Auditori presents its festivals

The Lights of Early Music Festival is the main novelty, featuring two weeks ‎of concerts with leading performers, held at some of the historic landmarks of the city. The ‎Emergents Festival consolidates itself as the most important venue for discovering young ‎talent from home and abroad. ‎

L’Auditori presents its festivals

The programme of both the Lights of Early Music and the Emergents Barcelona music ‎festivals was presented this morning at a press conference. At the presentation, L’Auditori´s ‎director, Robert Brufau, was accompanied by the organist Juan de la Rubia, the musician who ‎will inaugurate the Lights of Early Music Festival, and the violinist Maria Florea, an Emergents ‎artiste.‎

During the presentation, Brufau took the opportunity to reveal details of the Lights of Early ‎Music Festival 2020 programme, which will be entitled: “Freedom. Between chaos and order”.‎

Lights of Early Music Festival
‎5 to 16 February

The Música Antiga (Early Music) season at L’Auditori goes one step further and creates the ‎Lights of Early Music Festival, which will give the public an opportunity to discover unique ‎pieces that are difficult to come across in regular season programmes. Lights of Early Music ‎draws on the legacy left by 30 years of the Barcelona Early Music Festival and creates an ‎approach with its own personality within L’Auditori´s season, with two weeks of concerts that ‎will treat us to some of the more obscure repertoires and shed light on forgotten scores from ‎the past. In addition, this season will breathe new life into some of the city’s historic ‎landmarks, which will provide the perfect backdrop for showcasing these proposals. ‎
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The first edition of the Lights of Early Music Festival will take place from 5 to 16 February and ‎the concerts will be held in the Chapel of Santa Àgata, the Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor, ‎the Church of Santa Maria del Pi and at L’Auditori (Hall 2, Oriol Martorell). The programme ‎revolves around two narrative threads: “L’état c’est moi”, with Louis XIV and monarchical ‎absolutism and the Lutheran Reformation and the theories regarding the influence that the ‎latter exerted on capitalism.

The Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor, along with its recently restored organ, will host the ‎opening concert that proposes a dialogue between the organist Juan de la Rubia and the ‎poet Manuel Forcano. In Una nit amb el Rei Sol (A Night with the Sun King), de la Rubia will ‎improvise on texts of the era that tell of the great celebration organised by Louis XIV on the ‎occasion of the victory against Flanders. The programme includes other gems from the ‎repertoire of the court of Louis XIV, such as the concert that Jean Rondeau will dedicate to ‎François Couperin, another in which Lina Tur and Kenneth Weiss will perform works of the ‎composer Elisabeth Jacquete de la Guerre, and the concert featuring Justin Taylor, a rising ‎harpsichordist newcomer, that will recount the saga of the Forqueray Family of musicians. ‎The harpsichordist Jean Rondeau will dedicate a programme to one of the key figures in the ‎court of Louis XIV: F. Couperin.‎
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The Lutheran line will be drawn by Vox Luminis, one of the indisputable leading vocal ‎ensembles in Central Europe, with its programme dedicated to the Reformation of Santa ‎Maria del Pi church; and the quartet Alternative History, who will perform one of its latest ‎recordings, released under the ECM label, dedicated to the composer Josquin des Prés, ‎whom Luther greatly admired. ‎
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The festival completes its line-up with the Accademia del Piacere and Nuria Rial, a programme ‎dedicated to Sebastian Durón, who is probably the most significant Spanish composer of ‎stage music of the time. Durón had to abandon his position of organist at the Royal Chapel of ‎Charles II after publicly sympathising with Archduke Charles of Austria during the War of ‎Succession, who lost to the Bourbon contender, Philip V.‎

Lights of Early Music Festival 2020: Freedom. Between chaos and order

Robert Brufau took advantage of the press conference to reveal details of what will be the ‎second edition of the Lights of Early Music Festival, which will revolve around the concept of ‎freedom as a theme related to the figure of Ludwig van Beethoven, on the 250th anniversary ‎of his birth in 2020. It will be entitled: “Freedom. Between chaos and order.”‎
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The next season will feature the O Vos Omnes Ensemble which, directed by Xavier Pastrana, ‎will perform a programme based on Florentine music from Girolamo Savonarola´s time and ‎the Bonfire of the Vanities. The Flemish ensemble Graindelavoix will perform the “Monsters ‎of Early Music” programme, stemming from a quote by E.T.A. Hoffmann, who considers that ‎Beethoven conceptualised a new musical art form, connected with monstrosity or what the ‎Germans call Das Ungeheur. The programme will attempt to approach this monstrosity ‎through the roots of Western polyphony.‎

Two multi award-winning ensembles will also participate in the 2020 Lights of Early Music ‎Festival. The first of these is El Gran Teatro del Mundo, winner of the Early Music ‎EEEMERGING (Emerging European Ensembles) project, which will deliver a programme that ‎will delve into the dream world through Calderón´s stage play “La Vida es Sueño” (Life is a ‎Dream). The second is the Sollazzo Ensemble, which received the Diapason d'Or, ‎Gramophone´s Editor´s Choice, as well as the BBC Music Magazine´s Choral & Song Choice, ‎with the album Parle qui veut, featuring moralising songs of the Middle Ages. It will be ‎presented at the festival.‎

The young harpsichordist Justin Taylor will return to the Lights of Early Music and ‎demonstrate the versatility of his instrument through his interpretation of works by Scarlatti, ‎Padre Soler and Ligeti.‎
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To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Italian composer Antonio Caldara, who ‎had close ties to the city of Barcelona, the Royal Chamber Opera and soprano María Espada ‎will perform a selection of opera arias dedicated to the ‘greater glory of the king’ and related ‎concepts such as power, order and sublimity. These form the backbone of the text to one of ‎Caldara’s finest operas, Il più Bel Nome, which premiered at the Llotja de Mar in Barcelona in ‎‎1708.‎
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Regarding the historic landmarks that will host the concerts, it has already been confirmed ‎that the Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp, which has the oldest church in Barcelona, will be ‎included in the next edition.‎

Emergents Barcelona Music Festival
‎17 to 24 March, 2019

For the third consecutive year, L'Auditori presents the Emergents Barcelona Music Festival, ‎the venue for new talents in national and international music. Throughout an entire week, ‎L'Auditori will offer around twenty concerts that will combine virtually all styles of classical ‎music - from early music to new music, jazz and flamenco - presenting some one hundred ‎young talents who will become future stars. The festival brings together the country´s main ‎music institutions: the OBC, Barcelona Symphony Band, JONC (National Youth Orchestra of ‎Catalonia), Young Musicians of Catalonia, ESMUC (Catalonia College of Music), Liceu ‎Conservatory, Taller de Músics (Musicians’ Workshop), Maria Canals International Music ‎Competition Barcelona, International Centre for Early Music and ECHO (European Concert ‎Hall Organisation).‎

This edition consolidates the project of the Capella Reial Youth Choir of Catalonia, which will ‎open the festival directed by Lluís Vilamajó. One of the great novelties of the Emergents ‎Festival is the integration of the JONC (National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia) as a band in ‎residence, offering two ambitious projects. The first is a concert that will be held at Fabra i ‎Coats, in which the composer Fritz Hauser will present a work with young musicians based on ‎two of his pieces without a score, placing the musicians among the audience. The second ‎project is a traditional symphonic concert which will take place in Hall 1 of L'Auditori, in which ‎the winner of the Maria Canals Prize and the violinist Sara Cubarsi, who was selected in a ‎contest held between members and former members of the JONC, will perform.‎

The Festival continues to feature debuts with the two resident ensembles at L'Auditori — ‎the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) and the Barcelona Symphony Band — of national ‎and international artists who are making a name for themselves. This is the case of violinist ‎María Florea and violist Sara Ferrández, both former students at the ESMUC, who will ‎perform Mozart's Symphony concert with the OBC, and talents such as pianist Alexander ‎Ullman, violinist Tobias Feldman, saxophonist Jess Gillam, and percussionist Noé Rodrigo.‎
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We will be devoting an entire day to the string quartet, that emblematic chamber music ‎ensemble, co-commissioned by Jonathan Brown from the Casals Quartet. In this edition, we ‎will enjoy a visit by three exceptional international quartets: the Rolston String Quartet, the ‎Simply Quartet, and the Arod Quartet. We will also have the participation of two brilliant ‎young ECHO Rising Stars, chosen by the best European concert halls; the trombonist Peter ‎Moore, who at the age of eighteen became the youngest musician to be part of the London ‎Symphony Orchestra and the cellist Kian Soltani, who has already released his first album ‎with the Deutsche Grammophon label. With the collaboration of Young Musicians of ‎Catalonia, we will discover the talent of our country´s future generations of musicians. We ‎will meet the cellist Mariona Camats, winner of the Pablo Casals International Award for ‎Young Cellists 2016, and the Argentinian soprano Mercedes Gancedo, winner of the latest ‎edition of the El Primer Palau prize.‎

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