At 8 pm tomorrow, in L’Auditori’s Hall 2 Oriol Martorell, Ensemble O Vos Omnes will be presenting a programme that reflects the turning point in history that Dominican Friar Girolamo Savonarola represented in the Florence of the Medici family. From the Church of Sant Marc, Savonarola preached fervently against the corruption of the ruling classes, the extravagance of the rich and the sins of the Church.
Prior to the friar’s arrival, Florence was a city in which carnival musicians and shameless risqué songs formed an essential part of the festivities in its Florentine palaces. With Savonarola’s powerful influence and strict doctrine, all these festive expressions were banned in Florence and the songs were replaced with lutes and religious motets.
So powerful was Savonarola that he led to the Medicis’ being overthrown, represented by The bonfire of the vanities, where dresses, cosmetics, mirrors, paintings, books, musical scores and instruments were burned. Finally, the friar turned his attacks to Pope Alexander VI, meeting his downfall in his fight against the Borgia family. He was excommunicated, tortured and condemned to death, the victim of the same flames that he had fanned.
All this will be expressed through music by Byrd, De Lasso, Desprez and Savonarola himself.
The 2020 Festival Llums d'Antiga
L’Auditori presents the second edition of the Festival Llums d'Antiga, which will take place from 4 to 16 February 2020 in different venues in Barcelona. The festival continues to aspire to bring repertoires and performers to the public beyond the confines of the concert halls.
Under the title "Freedom. Between Chaos and Order", this year the Festival Llums d'Antiga takes the work of Ludwig van Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth to explore the concept of personal and artistic freedom.
The festival will bring leading international ensembles and soloists to Barcelona, such as harpsichordist Justin Taylor, the ensembles Sollazzo Ensemble, Graindelavoix and El Gran Teatro del Mundo, and the prestigious Spanish soprano María Espada, who will be accompanied by La Real Cámara chamber orchestra and Emilio Moreno.
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Aleix Palau | 3 February 2020
Ensemble O Vos Omnes Opens the Festival Llums d'Antiga at L’Auditori Tomorrow
The Festival Llums d'Antiga opens tomorrow, with a programme of music based around the Medici family and Girolamo Savonarola at L’Auditori in Hall 2 Oriol Martorell.
Six concerts will be held in four different venues in Barcelona, featuring over fifty artists from Spain and abroad, and some sixty works.