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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.‎

Jordi Savall opens the Música Antiga season at L’Auditori with Beethoven’s Sixth and Seventh ‎Symphonies

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.

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