Raquel García-Tomás, Joan Magrané and Octavi Rumbau: New Work for baritone and orchestra (2024) 15′ – World premiere, commissioned by L’Auditori
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (1874-75) 84′
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC
Marina Rebeka, soprano (Verdi)
Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano (Verdi)
Francesco Pio Galasso, tenor (Verdi)
Josep-Ramon Olivé, baritone (García-Tomás, Magrané, Rumbau)
Dmitry Belosselskiy, bass (Verdi)
Cor Jove de l’Orfeó Català
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Ludovic Morlot closes the season with the premiere of a work for baritone and orchestra. L’Auditori has commissioned this piece from not one but three of Catalonia’s most outstanding home-grown composers: Raquel García-Tomás, Joan Magrané and Octavi Rumbau. It is not the first time they have collaborated: they have already written one opera together, thanks to an initiative from the cultural organisation Òpera de butxaca i nova creació.
Giuseppe Verdi attempted a similar collaboration when various musicians were commissioned to compose a requiem on the occasion of Rossini’s death, but the work was never performed. Years later, with the loss of the poet Alessandro Manzoni – Verdi’s personal friend and a fellow supporter of Italian unification – the composer retrieved the “Libera me” he had prepared for Rossini and used it as a basis for his Messa da requiem. Written for four soloists, double choir and orchestra, the Requiem brings this season to a close.