L’Auditori’s new Música Antiga season with Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations opens on Thursday 7 October at 7 pm in Sala 1, Pau Casals.
This is the latest in the complete series of Beethoven symphonies being conducted and recorded by Savall, which have been warmly received to date. It was announced last week that the album containing the first five symphonies, all conducted by Savall at L'Auditori, has been nominated at this year's Latin GRAMMYs.
Now it is the turn of the Sixth, the Pastoral, and the Seventh Symphonies, two works that illustrate Beethoven's outstanding ability to look forward to the future while drawing on past traditions. The Sixth Symphony, “Pastoral”, seems to revisit common Baroque themes from a highly romantic and novel viewpoint (one that was to become highly influential). These themes include the bucolic, rural life and the crack of thunder and lightning in a storm.
The same applies to the next work, but in this case through the medium of dance. The Seventh Symphony is the apotheosis of rhythm, a suite of dances moulded into a symphony. Like the Third and Fifth, it demonstrates Beethoven’s mastery in exploiting a melodic cell or a rhythmic gesture to the full, an ability that, taking a great leap forward in time, allies him with Stravinsky.
Jordi Savall will return on two more occasions in the Música Antiga season at L'Auditori. His next appearance will be a very special concert entitled Lachrimæ, lamentations and madness. This will be his début concert at the Festival Llums d'Antiga on 22 April next year. The event, which will take place at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi, will bring Savall and a small group of musicians together to explore the art of 17th-century European variation and improvisation.
On 10 May, Savall will once more return to Sala 1. This programme will be dedicated to Mozart, with performances of the Requiem and the "Jupiter” Symphony.
Aleix Palau | 5 October 2021
Jordi Savall opens the Música Antiga season at L’Auditori with Beethoven’s Sixth and Seventh Symphonies
Recently nominated for a Grammy award for his recording of Beethoven's first five symphonies, Savall will conduct Le Concert des Nations performing the Pastoral and Seventh Symphonies.
Thursday 7 October at 7 pm in Sala 1, Pau Casals.