Juanjo Mena© Michal Novak
      James Ehnes© Ben Ealovega
              Symphonic
              /
              OBC

              VIOLIN CONCERTO BY SAINT-SAËNS

              James Ehnes and Juanjo Mena


              • dates
                December 16 and 17, 2023
              • price
                From €25 to €55
              • Location
                Sala 1 Pau Casals
              • Duration aprox.
                120'
              Totes les sessions finalitzades
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              Repertoire

              Xavier Montsalvatge: Partita 1958 (1957) 17′
              Camille Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61 (1880) 30′
              Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in in A-flat major, Op. 55 (1908) 52′

              ARTISTS

              Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC
              James Ehnes, violin
              Juanjo Mena, conductor

              Programme

              Conductor Juanjo Mena opens the programme with Xavier Montsalvatge’s Partita 1958. The name refers to an eighteenth-century musical form, since the composer aimed to write a piece “not entirely alien to classicism”, although the year 1958 reveals the contemporaneity of its language.

              Like other works by Camille Saint-Saëns, the Third Violin Concerto reflects the composer’s interest in Spain, where he often travelled, attracted to its rhythms and harmonies with oriental flourishes. He also took inspiration from one of the period’s great violinists, Pablo Sarasate, who first performed it.

              For his part, British composer Edward Elgar had been thinking of writing a symphony for over a decade. He had Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony sitting on his desk and even considered dedicating his symphony to a general, while another third symphony, that by Brahms, also drew his attention. His First Symphony resulted from studying these two models, and was an immediate success.

              Symphonic
              /
              OBC

              VIOLIN CONCERTO BY SAINT-SAËNS

              James Ehnes and Juanjo Mena


              • dates
                December 16 and 17, 2023
              • price
                From €25 to €55
              • Location
                Sala 1 Pau Casals
              • Duration aprox.
                120'
              Totes les sessions finalitzades
              Share on social networks:
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