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Aleix Palau | 8 October 2021

Jordi Savall’s sell-out opening concert in the Música Antiga season

Yesterday, more than 1,200 people enjoyed Beethoven’s Sixth and ‎‎Seventh Symphonies in Sala 1, Pau Casals

Jordi Savall’s sell-out opening concert in the Música Antiga season

At yesterday’s sell-out event, maestro Jordi Savall ‎‎got L'Auditori’s Música Antiga season underway. This concert ‎saw the latest in the complete series of Beethoven’s symphonies being presented by Savall ‎and Le Concert des Nations that began two seasons ago at L'Auditori. Yesterday was the turn ‎of the Sixth and the Seventh.‎

The concert, with Sala 1, Pau Casals at 70% capacity, took place one day before the ‎announcement of a return to 100% capacity in the coming weeks, ‎something which, in the words of Robert Brufau, Director of the institution, “… is ‎very good news. We have started the season robustly but with a cap at 70% we're ‎undeniably restricted. We are an essential instrument for creating optimism and confidence ‎and our normality should be 100% capacity. As an autonomous region and sector we’ve ‎coped very well during the pandemic and we must continue in the same way, especially now ‎that our sector, as international as it is, is reopening across Europe.”‎

Jordi Savall will visit L'Auditori’s Antiga season on two more occasions
. The next ‎time will be with a very special concert entitled Lachrimae, planys i follies (Tears, ‎Lamentations and Madness), which will mark his début at ‎the Festival Llums d'Antiga on 22 April.

The event, taking place at the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, will see Savall ‎joined by a small group of musicians who together will explore the art of 17th-century ‎European variation and improvisation.‎

The following concert will be on 10 May, again in Sala 1. On this occasion, ‎spectators will be treated to a programme devoted to Mozart with ‎his Requiem and the ”Jupiter” ‎Symphony.

This October will also be the turn of the inaugural Música de Cambra concert, on ‎‎Thursday 14 October, with a programme featuring the ‎‎folk-inspired choral music of composer Robert Gerhard, marking the ‎‎125th anniversary of his birth. ‎

Soprano María Hinojosa Montenegro and mezzo-soprano Anna Alàs i ‎Jové, accompanied on piano by Francisco Poyato and Anna ‎Crexells, will perform cycles devoted to Catalan and French folksong and also the ‎‎7 Haiku for chamber ensembles conducted by Francesc Prat. ‎

Audiences can also enjoy the first Sit Back concert of the season, with ‎‎Kings of Convenience on 21 October, a concert that ‎‎sold out weeks ago with the current maximum capacity at 70%.‎

The Barcelona Symphony Band will kick off its season on 24 ‎October with a concert featuring El amor brujo ‎‎(Love by Witchcraft) by Manuel de Falla, directed by the orchestra's ‎principal conductor José R. Pascual-Vilaplana.‎

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