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Aleix Palau | 18 June 2021

Jordi Savall brings Bach’s Mass in B minor to L'Auditori de Barcelona

Le Concert des Nations and La Capella Reial de Catalunya will be accompanied by a ‎superlative bill of soloists comprising Hana Blažíková, Sophie Harmsen, Martin Platz, Raffaele ‎Pe and Thomas Stimmel.‎
Monday 21 June, World Music Day, at 7 pm in Sala 1, Pau Casals.‎

Jordi Savall brings Bach’s Mass in B minor to L'Auditori de Barcelona

Jordi Savall returns to L'Auditori de Barcelona to present his rendition of ‎the Mass in B minor by Bach, one of the ‎most rousing sacred works of the German Baroque era, indeed of the musical repertoire of ‎all time.‎

Accompanied by Le Concert des Nations orchestra and La Capella ‎Reial de Catalunya choir, both ensembles founded by Savall, he conducts a brilliant ‎line-up of soloists with soprano Hana Blažíková, who visited us a few ‎weeks ago as part of the Festival Llums d'Antiga, mezzo-soprano Sophie Harmsen, ‎tenor Martin Platz, counter-tenor Raffaele Pe and bass Thomas Stimmel.‎

Bach’s Mass laid the foundations for the tradition of mighty modern masses, moving away ‎from the visions of Franco-Flemish and Italian polyphonists and serving as a model and paving ‎the way forward for Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and even Bruckner.‎

A piece of manifest maturity, the Kantor of Leipzig worked on it during different ‎stages of his life, and it took almost fifteen years after the composition in 1733 of the Kyrie ‎and Gloria – a kind of missa brevis – to write all the remaining parts and for it to ‎assume its final form. It is a veritable monument of Bach’s art, in which the echo of his ‎cantatas and other previous works can be discerned and enjoyed, all given a new lease of life ‎and renewed affection.‎

This concert, which will be the closing event in L'Auditori’s Música Antiga ‎season, is part of the special programme of events presented by this institution to ‎mark World Music Day, which takes place on Monday 21 ‎June.‎

The activities will kick off on Sunday 20 at the Museu de la Música, which will be ‎holding an open day, at 11 am there will be a guided tour and at ‎‎5.30 pm a concert by the gamelan group in L'Auditori’s Llanterna Bar.‎

After Savall’s concert, the climax to this celebratory week will be delivered by the ‎‎Barcelona Symphony Orchestra on 25 June under the ‎direction of Juanjo Mena with violinist Sergei Dogadin, ‎who will perform a special concert exclusively for OBC subscribers.‎

During the weekend there will also be a draw on social media for 10 tickets to ‎attend the Festival Mozart Nits d'Estiu, that will take place in July at ‎L'Auditori de Barcelona and the Palau de la Música Catalana.‎

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